Buddhism in the Modern World

Lama Ole Nydahl

Lama Ole Nydahl, one of the most active and exemplary teachers of Tibetan Buddhism, will give a public lecture entitled “Buddhism in the Modern World” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, 130 Humphrey Center, 301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis. Admission is $15, and $10 for students.

Lama Ole Nydahl, who enjoys skydiving and fast motorcycles, is a modern-day Lama who breaks with convention.

“Recognizing mind to be like space will make us fearless,” says Nydahl, “the recognition of that which looks through our eyes and listens through our ears is basically space and not some ‘thing’ which has been born, made, created or put together. This realization gives an unshakable state, something that is solid which can be relied upon.”

Nydahl distills the essence of Buddhism and delivers it without cultural trappings in a way that is practical for our modern world. He met Buddhism in 1968 while traveling through Nepal on his honeymoon. Nydahl and his wife became the first Western students of H.H. 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, head of the Karma Kagyü School of Tibetan Buddhism. At the request of their teacher, the Nydahls returned to their native Denmark to begin teaching Diamond Way Buddhism in the West. Since then, Nydahl has spent nearly 40 years teaching Buddhism around the globe, visiting a new city virtually every other day. The Diamond Way Buddhist Center of Minneapolis is part of an international network of more than 600 meditation centers directed by Lama Ole Nydahl, and operating under the spiritual guidance of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje. These centers offer authentic Buddhist teachings and effective meditation instruction to lay people.

Diamond Way Buddhist Center, at 1701 W. Lake St. in Minneapolis, offers free public meditation on Sundays at 5:45 p.m., Tuesdays at 7:45 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 612.825.5055 or email [email protected].

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  1. I definitely recommend this event. Lama Ole is an impressive teacher and really able to present Buddhism in a fresh and uncomplicated style. Great teacher, great example of the positive results of Buddhist meditation! Check it out.


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