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BUDDHISM IN THE WEST | UW campus lecture

Where: Union South

1308 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI

When: Tuesday November 12
Time: 7:30 pm


From Lama Ole Nydahl's book, The Way Things Are:

"In the West today, Buddhism grows under conditions similar to those during the second and successful spreading in Tibet 950 years ago. We now translate the Tibetan language into ours in the same way they once translated the Indian manuscripts into Tibetan. Buddha's teachings are often compared to a crystal, reflecting the color of its background through facets, without changing itself."


All of our lectures include an introduction into Buddhism and the Diamond Way approach, which can also be referred to as Vajrayana or Tibetan Buddhism.

Our lectures last up to two hours and include a short, guided experience of our main meditation practice. There will be chances to ask questions throughout the evening!


John Christopherson became a student of Lama Ole Nydahl in 1999 while he was a student at the UW. He was a driving force behind the establishment of Diamond Way activity in the Midwest as well as organizing courses and acquiring the Heartland Retreat Center. John is also a key organizer for the Americas Project, which connects Diamond Way centers throughout North and South America. John currently lives in Madison with his wife Madelyn and works as an elementary school teacher.


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 history of Diamond Way Buddhism through the award winning documentary, HANNAH: Buddhism's Untold Journey, which is available through Amazon, YouTube and other streaming services.

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