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ENLIGHTENMENT: Life of the Buddha (lecture@UW - DETAILS POSTED)

Where: Madison
When: Tuesday October 17
Time: 7:30 pm

"The next morning, feeling like a question mark with his mind wrapped up in this dilemma, the prince walked past a meditator who sat in deep absorption. When their eyes met and their minds linked, Siddhartha stopped,mesmerized. This man might be showing him what he was looking for, a true and real refuge. His state displayed a mirror behind the images, an ocean underneath the waves, mind's eternal awareness through all its appearing, changing, and dissolving images. The future Buddha had a sudden insight that there might be something unchanging and conscious between and behind all ideas and impressions."

- Lama Ole Nydahl, The Way Things Are


Join us for a lecture at Union South on the Buddha's life, his enlightenment and it's relevance to us today as lay practioners.

The lecture will be given by a John Christopherson, a Diamond Way Buddhist teacher.

This event is free.


John was a searching idealist, originally from Medford, Wisconsin, when he became a student of Lama Ole Nydahl in 1999. He immediately became a driving force behind the development of Diamond Way centers throughout the Midwest.

In 2006, Lama Ole asked John to teach, and he has since been invited to centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Russia. He has also spent an extensive amount of time at the Europe Center, Diamond Way Buddhism's international meeting point, in southern Germany.

John is an elementary school teacher with a degree from UW-Madison and lives in town with his wife Madelyn.


Our campus lecture nights usually last up to an hour and half long with an hour being devoted to lecture and Q&A. We then follow with the main meditation used in nearly 700 Diamond Way centers and groups around the world.


Union South (check T.I.T.U. TV screens for room location)
1308 W Dayton St
Madison, WI 53715 (Google map)

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Set yourself a personal reminder on Meetup or Facebook.


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 the origins and development of Diamond Way Buddhism through the award-winning documentary, HANNAH: Buddhism's Untold Journey, which is now available on Netflix.

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