Buddhism is over 25 centuries old. It is a path of development incorporating elements of religion, philosophy and psychology. It is different to Christianity and other religions, as it is not based on a faith in a creating God or belief in dogmas. The goal of the Buddhist practice is the development of mind’s full potential and freedom of mind – enlightenment. Everybody can realize it, therefore Buddhism is sometimes referred to as a religion of experience as opposed to religions of faith. More information you can find on the website www.diamondway-buddhism.org
The 16th Karmapa
The 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje was one of the greatest Buddhist teachers and meditation masters of his time. He was born in Derge in Eastern Tibet in 1924.
In 1931 the young incarnate was ordained as a novice monk and then studied in the Tsurphu monastery deepening his meditative realization of Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra, and the “Six Yogas of Naropa”. In 1959, in view of the occupation of Tibet, the Karmapa decided to flee his country realizing that the cause of the Dharma would be served best by escaping the ever-tightening grip of Communist China.
The 17th Karmapa
The 17th Karmapa Trinlay Thaye Dorje was born in Tibet on 6th of May 1983 as a son of Mipham Rinpoche, a great Lama from Nyingma lineage, and Dechen Wangmo, who comes from a family with royal ancestry.
In 1994 he and his family managed to escape from Tibet to Nepal and then to India. The young Karmapa arrived in New Delhi in March 1994 , where he was greeted by a welcoming ceremony led by H.H. Shamar Rinpoche who formally recognized him as the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa.
Lama Ole Nydahl
Lama Ole Nydahl is one of the few Westerners fully qualified as a lama and meditation teacher in the Karma Kagyu Buddhist tradition. In 1969, Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah became the first Western students of H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa.
After completing three years of Buddhist philosophy studies and intensive meditation training - including the transmission for a unique Diamond Way Buddhist practice called Conscious Dying (Tib. Phowa) - Ole Nydahl began teaching Buddhism in Europe at the request of the 16th Karmapa.
In December of 1969, Hannah Nydahl and her husband Ole became the first Western students of the 16th Karmapa, the greatest meditation master of his time. At his request they then bgan to transmit Diamond Way teachings in Europe and both Americas.
Hannah Nydahl, as a translator of Tibetan into English, Danish and German, worked with the highest Tibetan teachers of the Karma Kagyu school translating texts on Buddhist philosophy as well as all the meditation texts used in practice.