Buddhism was founded by the Indian prince Siddhartha Gautama, who, at the age of 35, reached a state of lasting, limitless happiness – enlightenment. During 45 years of constant traveling, he encountered different kinds of people and gave general and specific advice for all life’s situations. Buddha’s teachings enable us to experience lasting happiness. By using suitable meditations, our theoretical knowledge turns into direct experience; additional methods secure attained levels of consciousness. The goal of Buddha’s teachings is the full development of body, speech and mind.
Who is Buddha?
The historical Buddha Shakyamuni was born about 2560 years ago to a royal family in what is now Northern India. From early childhood, he was surrounded by wealth and beauty, and enjoyed a sophisticated education. The texts describe him as tall, strong, and blue-eyed. When he was 29 years old, he left the palace for the first time and encountered an old person, a sick person, and a dead person… (read more →)
What did Buddha teach?
The teachings of Buddhism have remained a liberating gift to mankind for the last 2,500 years. Non-dogmatic and without any gods or commandments, they have enabled people to benefit both others and themselves. Especially today, with the many independent thinkers and new communication techniques, it has become possible to collect, organize and distribute Buddhist teachings in attractive and fresh ways… (read more →)
What is Meditation?
In Buddhism, meditation means “effortlessly remaining in what is.” This state may be brought about by calming and holding the mind, by realizing compassion and wisdom, or by working with the body’s subtle energy system and focussing on Buddha forms of light and energy. The most effective method is the identification with one’s own Buddha nature, which is taught in the Diamond Way… (read more →)
The Karma Kagyu Lineage
The Karma Kagyu lineage is one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. A lineage of direct oral transmission, it especially treasures meditation and, through interaction with a qualified teacher, can bring about the full and direct experience of the nature of mind. The Karma Kagyu methods were taught by the historical Buddha Shakyamuni to his closest students… (read more →)
Learning in Diamond Way Buddhism
What is the process of learning in Diamond Way Buddhism? As is traditional in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, ”Three Wisdoms” (Tib. shes rab gsum; Skt. śruta cintā bhāvanā) are mentioned, those of Learning, Reflection and Meditation… (read more →)
Diamond Way Meditation Practices
The practices listed below are the most common meditations taught in our Diamond Way Buddhist centres and groups. 16th Karmapa Meditation – This form of ‘Meditation on the Lama’ (Skt. Guru Yoga, Tib. Lami Naljor) is a practical and comprehensive tool for enlightenment which was composed the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje… (read more →)