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Diamond Way Buddhist Centres in Russia

Lama Ole Nydahl established more then 650 Buddhist centres and groups of Diamond Way Karma Kagyu Tradition around the world. They are all spiritually guided by His Holiness 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje. At present there are more then 60 centres and meditation groups united under the umbrella of Russian Buddhist Association of Karma Kagyu School – an officially registered religious organisation.

People who coordinate centre work and take part in it are lay people. They receive secular education and have families and jobs. They integrate Buddhist philosophy and Diamond Way meditations into their everyday life. Being centre members they take joint responsibility to guide meditations in the group and transmit the teachings. The centres function on a voluntary ground, based on friendship and idealism.     

Main meditation in Diamond Way Buddhist Centres is Guru Yoga of the 16th Karmapa. This practice is held in Russian and last for about half an hour, it involves visualisation and mantra. The atmosphere in the centres is friendly, everyone is welcome to ask any questions.

Every centre is equipped with a library where one can borrow books and video records of Dharma lectures.

Meditations are open for visits, the entrance to the centre is free of any charge. Over each year Russian centres jointly organize lecture and meditation courses. Several big events are led by Lama Ole Nydhal – Phowa meditation course (“conscious dying”), Mahamudra (the Great Seal) and Ngondro (Preliminary Practices). In addition to that some very close students of Lama Ole (lay traveling teachers) regularly give lectures and courses in the centres.

The centres are financed through voluntary monthly donations of their members. The profit after courses and public lectures is then split between for various Buddhist purposes – construction projects, organization of exhibitions, publishing of Buddhist books across the country.   


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