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Campus Lecture | BUDDHIST MEDITATION: A Practical Tool for Happiness

Where: Union South
When: Tuesday November 6
Time: 7:30 pm


In Diamond Way Buddhism, we start with the notion that the only difference between us and the Buddha is that he meditated more.

Going beyond limiting beliefs and dogma, Diamond Way Buddhism emphasizes the development of unwavering fearlessness, a clear and honest understanding of one's motivations, and a powerful, unfettered compassion for others.

Buddhist Meditation: A Practical Tool for Happiness will cover the basics of Buddhism before diving into how meditation practice can be used to consciously cultivate deep states of inner stability and satisfaction.

This lecture is free and will be given by John Christopherson, a Diamond Way Buddhist teacher from Madison.

Upon arrival check the Today in the Union (T.I.T.U.) tv screens for the "DWB: Buddhist Meditation and Talk" listing to find the room location.


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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