Regular guided meditation sessions
All of our Diamond Way Buddhist centres and groups offer regular meditation sessions on on or more days of the week. The main practice is the Meditation on the 16th Karmapa. In our centres and groups it is always a guided meditation and no prior experience of meditation is required to practice it. Meditation sessions are always preceded by an introduction to Buddhism from an experienced Buddhist practitioner. Please refer to the individual centre or group page to see the regular programme.
There is no charge for attending our regular weekly meditation sessions. Those who like to come regularly to practice in our Buddhist centres and groups are welcome to become members by making a monthly voluntary donation towards the upkeep and activities of the centre or group. Should you wish to make a donation or become a member, please enquire at your local centre.
Courses on Buddhism and Meditation
Our Buddhist centres and groups also host regular lectures and weekend courses by visiting Buddhist teachers, as well as occasional retreats which give the opportunity to deepen experience of meditation practice. Please refer to the events section for upcoming lectures and courses. There is usually a small charge for lectures and longer meditation courses and retreats. This covers outgoings such as venue hire, catering and travel costs for the visiting teacher. The price of events is always advertised with the event details.
Authentic teachings, contemporary approach
Diamond Way Buddhist centres and groups have a democratic structure and function through unpaid, voluntary work on the basis of friendship and idealism. They offer in an accessible way the Buddha’s practical teachings and skillful methods which are applicable in everyday life. Our Buddhist centres are not abstract institutions, but places where all can meet to learn and meditate, to share development and actively participate in doing the work which makes all this possible. The authentic Buddhist methods we use were practiced in Tibet and India for centuries in an unbroken lineage of transmission. Our approach is modern and free from confusing cultural baggage, stiffness or sentimentality.
“Those who will only trust what they can analyze logically and are embarrassed by exotic lifestyles especially need us to be bright. We simply have to keep a level of mental freshness these people can identify with, because where else can they go? It is always a pity when people end up with Nihilism, political correctness or drugs because they cannot find a spiritual way they can trust.” – Lama Ole Nydahl on Keeping Buddhism Alive