The center is 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. The Center is a member of the Centralized Religious Organization Russian Association of Buddhists of the Diamond Way of the Karma Kagyu Tradition. The centers, groups and communities of practitioners that exist in Russia operate on a voluntary basis. Maintaining friendly relations with other Buddhist organizations, the Association participates in joint religious events dedicated to religious and national holidays.
The goal of the Buddha's Teaching is to achieve Enlightenment, or Buddhahood, that is, the full development of the original potential of the body, speech and mind for the benefit of all beings. By following the methods that the Buddha passed on to his disciples, everyone can achieve a state of unconditional happiness that allows them to be of maximum benefit to others.
The Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism belongs to the level of the Diamond Way (Skt. Vajrayana) and developed in the 11th-12th centuries. in India and Tibet. It is mainly practice-oriented, with particular emphasis on meditation and direct knowledge of the nature of the mind under the guidance of a teacher. Therefore, the Kagyu is also called the "oral transmission" or "whispering lineage", referring to the continuous oral transmission of the Teaching to the most gifted students.
Thanks to the lineage, the methods handed down by the Buddha two and a half thousand years ago remain effective for practitioners to this day.