After weeks of preparing to welcome friends from around the world for the first Transmission Weekend of 2015 with Lama Ole, the day had come to put our new gompa and everyone in and around it to a big test. Let’s cut it short about the result and let the pictures do the talking: it was crowded, crazy, cozy and.. is there another word for “wonderful” starting with a “c”?
“Entering the Diamond Way” is one of two autobiographies written by Lama Ole Nydahl about how Diamond Way Buddhism came to the West. Must-reads for any practitioner, the stories in the books of course come to life even more by being recounted directly by Lama Ole and friends who shared the experiences of the pioneer times – following the tradition of oral transmission in the Karma Kagyü Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
After days of giving lectures and answering questions, Lama Ole spent 11 (!) consecutive hours in the meditation hall – giving the final lecture, meditating with his students, and finally giving blessing and answering his students personal questions for hours and hours, until also the very last one of the hundreds patiently lining up for blessing and advice got his individual attention. We could not be more thankful for yet another great gift like this weekend and all the memories and experiences shared with us. Thank you, Lama Ole!