In every culture, the Buddha's Teaching takes on the most appropriate form for it. In this regard, Buddhism can be compared to a diamond, which glows blue against a blue background, and looks red against a red background, while always remaining a diamond. Throughout history, the Teaching, without losing its essence, has adapted to the conditions of various cultures, social systems and eras.
Buddhism was transmitted for 1500 years in India and then for 1000 years in Tibet. Today, the timeless vision of the Diamond Way and its methods are increasingly attracting the interest of educated and independent people in the West. In the modern Western world, various Buddhist traditions have spread.
Lama Ole Nydahl founded about 700 lay centers of the Diamond Way tradition of Karma Kagyu in 60 countries of European culture located in Europe and Asia, the Americas, Australia and New Zealand. The Diamond Way Buddhist centers of the Karma Kagyu tradition function under the spiritual guidance of Lama Ole Nydahl. The head of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje.
Diamond Way Centers are democratically structured and function through voluntary work based on friendship and idealism. Participants share the responsibility for conducting meditations and passing on the teachings. The doors of the centers are always open for those who are interested in the possibilities of the mind and are ready to practice the Buddhist methods of their disclosure. Lama Ole commissioned more than a hundred of his disciples to tour the centers and talk about Buddhism.