The Amsterdam Diamond Way Buddhist Center provides easy access to authentic Buddhist teachings and meditations for use in contemporary life. Please consult the agenda for date overview of upcoming lectures.

Our 653 Buddhist centers across the Western world present Buddhism in a modern practical context, in over 30 languages. They were founded by Hannah and Lama Ole Nydahl under the spiritual guidance of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. All our centers are directed by Lama Ole Nydahl under the spiritual patronage of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa.

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Lama Ole Nydahl founder of Diamond Way Buddhism Amsterdam

Amsterdam Diamond Way Buddhist center

A friendly place where you can get easy access to Buddhist teachings, learn to meditate, and meet other people who practice Buddhism while living modern lives.
On reagular base aknowedged travelteacher give lectures at our center. Please consult the agenda for latest updates.

What is Buddhism?

The goal of Buddhism is a state of lasting, unconditional happiness known as enlightenment.

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The life of the Buddha

Buddha Shakyamuni. Manuscript from Nepal, circa 1200.

The life story of the Buddha begins in Lumbini, near the border of Nepal and India, about 2,600 years ago, where the man Siddharta Gautama was born.

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Being a Buddhist

Buddhist practitioner.

Buddhists generally describe themselves as happy people. But becoming Buddhist doesn’t magically change the world around us to fit our needs. So what is it that changes?

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Buddha’s teachings

Tibetan Book of Buddha's Teachings.

In his 45-year teaching career, the Buddha gave teachings to a wide variety of people. Those who came to him fell into three main groups — as people also do today.

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Buddhism in the West

Buddhism in the West.

Today, Buddhism remains the main religion in many East Asian countries, and is flourishing in all spiritually free countries. It serves as a spiritual path for 10-15% of the world’s population.

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Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhist Book and Meditation Mala.

The four schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu, and Gelug, preserved the Hinayana, Mahayana, and especially the Vajrayana level of Buddha’s teachings.

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Karma Kagyu lineage

17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje.

The Kagyu lineage is one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It has its origins with the historical Buddha.

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Meditation cushions shelf.

“Meditation is mind’s gift to itself.”

— Lama Ole Nydahl

To start a meditation, we first calm and focus the mind. To do this we usually concentrate on the breath or on an object. We then use this focussed attention to develop insight. The ultimate aim of Buddhist meditation is insight into the nature of mind – enlightenment.

Meditating on the Buddha, or on the Buddha-like qualities of one’s liberated or enlightened Buddhist teacher, accomplishes both of these. The outer form attracts and holds our attention. And with the insight that our own nature is enlightened like the Buddha’s, we can make fast progress.

You can try a simple meditation on the Buddha by following along with Lama Ole Nydahl in the video below:

Our Buddhist Teachers

The Karma Kagyu lineage has been passed on for a thousand years from realised teacher to able student.

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17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje, 16th Karmapa Rangjung Dorje, Lama Ole Nydahl.

Having an authentic Buddhist teacher is essential to one’s development in the Vajrayana.

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