The Diamond Way Buddhist Center of the Karma Kagyu tradition in St. Petersburg (then in Leningrad) was founded by Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah in 1989 with the blessing of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa.
This is the first center of the Diamond Way on the territory of modern Russia. It provides everyone with the opportunity to get acquainted with the history, philosophy and practice of the Karma Kagyu lineage, one of the main schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Diamond Way Centers in Russia and in the world are under the spiritual guidance of Lama Ole Nydahl. Here you can take part in daily joint meditation on the 16th Karmapa, as well as learn about individual meditation practices and get explanations on them. In addition, the center has a library with literature on the Dharma (the teachings of the Buddha).
The Buddha's teaching, without losing its essence, harmoniously entered and enters the cultures of different countries. For the first 1500 years it developed in India, and then for 1000 years in Tibet. Today, the breadth of view and the variety of means of Buddhism find a lively response from educated, independent people and are very popular in the countries of European culture. Diamond Way Centers bring together lay people who live a fulfilling modern life and integrate timeless Buddhist wisdom into it.