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The Teacher-Student Relationship in Tibetan Buddhism (8 pm)

Where: Madison
When: Saturday July 22
Time: 8 pm - 10 pm

"Everyone manages to learn how to walk by themselves. When learning to drive, instructions are useful to most. However, nobody will successfully learn how to fly without a teacher."
- Lama Ole Nydahl, The Way Things Are


A qualified teacher, or lama, is a living reflection of our own perfect qualities, and the resonance we feel with them is essential to using the quick and direct methods of Diamond Way Buddhism. Fortunately, lamas are people we can meet, ask critical questions of, and even travel with. Today, our contemporary examples include Lama Ole Nydahl and H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje.

This lecture will be given by Chason Geister, a Diamond Way Buddhist teacher from Denver, and is part of a weekend meditation program:



Individuals normally donate $10 per lecture. We accept cash or donations through our Paypal page.


Chason is originally from Darien, Wisconsin and was a UW-Madison undergrad and varsity wrestler before becoming a student of Lama Ole Nydahl in 2000. He later earned a master's degree in Eastern Classics from St. John's College in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

In 2007, Lama Ole asked Chason to teach in our centers, and ever since he's shared his insights throughout the US and as far away as Russia. For 17 years and counting, Chason has supported Diamond Way centers in Madison, Whitewater, Santa Fe, and now Denver. He is also one of the main caretakers of Dakini Ranch, a Diamond Way retreat land in Colorado.

In each and every lecture, Chason brings together a unique style of boisterous humor, intellectual knowledge and vast life experience.

Chason currently lives in Denver with his wife Olga and their two children and is also a manager at an award-winning landscaping company.


Our events have a warm, family feeling and questions are highly encouraged. Lectures usually have up to two hours of information and are concluded with our main meditation practice. No previous experience with Buddhism or meditation is required to attend any of our programs!


Diamond Way Buddhist Center of Madison
104 King St. Suite 302
Madison, WI 53703 (Google map)


The Diamond Way Buddhist Center of Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Madison chapter of Diamond Way Buddhism belong to an international, non-profit network of nearly 700 lay groups and centers of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The Diamond Way centers have been founded by Lama Ole and Hannah Nydahl and are under the spiritual guidance of H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje.

Learn more about Hannah Nydahl - and the teachers that she met and the people she affected - in the award-winning documentary, HANNAH: Buddhism's Untold Journey, which is now available on Netflix.

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