COVID-19 and UK Diamond Way Buddhist Centres: update
14 MARCH 2020
We are continuing to monitor closely the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, we are monitoring UK government and NHS guidance (see the links below), as well as the advice of our teachers.
The following decisions take effect immediately and remain in place until further notice.
- In all our Centres and Groups, all courses are cancelled.
- In all our Centres and Groups, all regular public programmes are cancelled (including regular public meditations and introductory lectures).
Please also consult and follow the below government and NHS guidance:
Diamond Way Buddhism is a network of lay meditation centres within the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Lama Ole Nydahl and under the spiritual authority of H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje.
What is it like in a Diamond Way Buddhist centre?
Our meditation centres and groups are places where people can learn to meditate and receive authentic Buddhist teachings in a friendly, modern context. You don’t need any previous experience in order to attend – we offer regular introductory talks, and all meditations are guided. The teachings and the methods are based on a long tradition, but the style is open, Western, and free of cultural baggage.
Diamond Way centres function through voluntary work on the basis of friendship and idealism. Drop-in meditation sessions are free of charge; donations are welcome. Those who consider that they benefit from regular meditations with us can become members for a small monthly donation and in this way support our activity.
We also organise teachings by visiting Tibetan and Western Buddhist teachers such as H.H. Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu lineage, and Lama Ole Nydahl, who has been teaching in the West for forty years.
Where does Diamond Way Buddhism come from?
The Diamond Way is part of the Kagyu lineage, which traces its history back through the Karmapas – the first reincarnated Buddhist teachers – and other accomplished yogis such as Tibet’s great yogi Milarepa, to masters of Mahamudra like Tilopa and Saraha in northern India, and right back to the time of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, 2,500 years ago. The meditation methods we practice have been used in a similar form for centuries.