ABOUT the SPEAKER: Tomek Lehnert was born in 1956 in Gdansk, Poland. He studied Civil Engineering at the Polytechnics of Gdansk and English literature at the University of Poznan, Poland. In the early eighties, he became active in the students’ Solidarity movement in the then communist Poland.
In January 1983, during martial law in Poland, Tomek met Lama Ole Nydahl, took Buddhist refuge and became Ole’s student. In the following years, he received initiations and teachings from high Karma Kagyu lamas in India and Nepal. He began traveling with Lama Ole in 1987. Together with Ole’s wife Hannah Nydahl and Caty Hartung, he organized for nearly thirty years Lama Ole’s dharma activity and helped start Diamond Way Buddhist centres in the Americas, Australia and New Zealand, Russia and Western and Eastern Europe. At Lama Ole's request, he started teaching in 2003 and continues travelling with Lama Ole until today.
Tomek Lehnert is the author of ‘Rogues in Robes’, Blue Dolphin Publishing, 1998, a chronicle of a controversy over the recognition of HH the 17th Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.