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Campus Lecture | ENLIGHTENMENT: The Life of the Buddha

Where: Memorial Union

800 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706

When: Tuesday October 2
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 Memorial Union on the Buddha's life, his enlightenment and it's relevance to us today as lay practitioners.

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 embraced Buddhism and 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 Diamond Way centers throughout North and South America and Europe and Russia. John 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.


The UW Diamond Way Buddhist Meditation Group is affiliated with the Diamond Way Buddhist Center of Madison, which belongs to an international, non-profit network of over 600 lay centers of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The Diamond Way centers have been founded by Lama Ole Nydahl and under the spiritual guidance of H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje.

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