Biography Lama Ole Nydahl

Monday 9 November 2015

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"My recipe is simple: tell people the necessity of finding something which can carry them through sickness, aging and death, and don’t be afraid to give them a glimpse of the joy of life. Tell people that the mind is like space: open, clear and limitless, and talk about both way and the goal."
Lama Ole Nydahl


Lama Ole Nydahl is one of the very few Westerners who is a fully qualified Lama and meditation master in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In 1968 he and his wife, Hannah, met their first Buddhist teacher, Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche, while on their honeymoon in Nepal. The following year Rinpoche sent them to meet the the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, the spiritual leader of the ancient Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. They became Karmapa’s first western students and have dedicated their lives to Buddhism ever since. Karmapa had a profound influence on their lives and later recognized Lama Ole as a protector of the Karma Kagyu lineage. After spending three years in the Himalayas as Karmapa’s personal students, receiving Buddhist teachings and empowerments and developing the needed experience in meditation, Karmapa asked them to bring Buddhism to the West.

In 1972, the Karmapa directed Lama Ole to create the first European Diamond Way center in Ole’s hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark. Since then, Lama Ole has been in a different city nearly every day, traveling tirelessly, deflating hypocrisy with humor and compassion, and teaching those he meets at public courses, in the market place, and on the road according to their receptivity. He has a unique ability to extract the important core elements from the vast body of Diamond Way teachings-the highest teachings Buddha gave-and present them in a form understandable and useful for people in the modern western world. Currently he has founded over 400 meditation centers worldwide, from Vladivostok to San Francisco, and is probably the best-known western Buddhist teacher today. He has thousands of friends and students who meditate and study in his centers throughout Europe, the UK, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and Asia.

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Ole in Russia

Integrating modern style and ancient wisdom, Lama Ole challenges people’s concepts of life and Buddhism in an unorthodox manner. In addition to passing on vivid and authentic Buddhist teachings (always with a touch of dry Danish humor), he also gives longer meditation courses on the timeless practical methods of the Diamond Way-such as The Foundational Practices and Phowa, a meditation which is very useful at the moment of death. Since 1987, he has taught the Phowa practice to over 50,000 people around the globe. He has given numerous print, radio, and television interviews and is the author of six books, translated into many languages (Publisher-Blue Dolphin Press, Inc.): Entering the Diamond Way (1985); Ngondro (1990); Mahamudra (1990); Riding the Tiger (1992); The Nature of Mind (1993); The Way Things Are (1996). These teachings give the essence of Diamond Way Buddhism without all of the cultural trappings to independent western minds and encourage his students to recognize that fearlessness, joy, and active compassion are the most important qualities to develop in today’s times.

Books and Videos By Lama Ole

The Way Things Are:
A Living Approach to Buddhism for Today’s World

""Impressions arise and unfold in mind, are experienced by mind, and return to it again, like waves in the ocean. Are the waves the ocean, or are they something else?"
What is Buddhism today? How do Buddha’s teachings utilize the potential of our full being? Through which practices may we experience mind as limitless space and bliss? How can one use the daily joys and difficulties in one’s job, family, or partnerships for spiritual growth?
The Way Things Are is a living transmission of Buddha’s deep wisdom, given by a Western Buddhist Master. Lama Ole Nydahl, who has so far started 180 Buddhist centers in the Western world, passes on the essential teachings he received during years spent in the Himalayas. His life experience and uncompromising style make these teachings readily comprehensible and meaningful today. Experience the liberating and powerful methods of Tibetan Buddhism.
- Blue Dolphin Publishing
- ISBN: 0-931892-38-4
- 96 pages, paperback

Entering the Diamond Way
My Path Among the Lamas:

"’A perfect book to introduce Westerners to Tibetan Buddhism.’ This is the genuinely compelling story, and spiritual odyssey, of Ole and Hannah Nydahl, who in 1968 became the first Western students of the great Tibetan master, His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. Their exciting travels on the worn path between the green lowlands of Europe to the peaks of the Himalayas, led them to experience the skillful teachings of numerous Tibetan lamas who helped transform their lives into "limitless clarity and joy." Their real aim in writing this book is "to form a bridge between two worlds, and especially to share with all who are looking for their true being ... an introduction to a time-proven way to Enlightenment."
- Format:Trade Paperback
- Published:January 1, 1987
- 251 Pages
- Publisher: Blue Dolphin Publishing, Inc..

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