Karma Kagyu Diamond Way Buddhism South Africa

The Buddhist centers in South Africa are part of over 600 Diamond Way Buddhist centers of the Karma Kagyu lineage worldwide.

They were established by Lama Ole and Hannah Nydahl according to the wishes of H.H. 16th Karmapa and are today under the patronage of H.H. 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje.

Our centers are friendly places where people get easy access to Buddha’s timeless wisdom, meditate together, share experiences and actively participate in the center activities. They are non-monastic and western in style, yet rooted in the lineage of oral transmission going back to the historical Buddha 2500 years ago.

We invite you to take a look at our regular program and come for one of our public meditation evenings without obligation if you are interested.





Lama Ole & Hannah Nydahl

On their honeymoon in 1968, Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah met the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Click here for Lama Ole's current travel plan.


Join us for meditation in one of our centers.  Newcomers welcome (no obligation!)


Europe Center

If you plan to meet with the whole world, meet at the Europe Center!

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Lama Ole & Hannah Nydahl

Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah were the first western students of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. He asked them to teach Buddhism in the West. Lama Ole teaches his students about way and goal of Diamond Way Buddhism. With tenthousands of students around the world he is probably the most known Buddhist teacher and to date has established more than 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. Lama Ole has also asked more than 100 of his students to travel and teach Buddhism.

17. Karmapa Thaye Dorje

17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje The 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje is the head of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Diamond Way Buddhism. He was born in Tibet in 1983 and was able to escape from suppressed Tibet to freedom in India during spring 1994. He teaches frequently in our centers.

16. Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje

The Karmapas are the first line of reincarnate Lamas. The 16.Karmapa was the main teacher of Hannah and Lama Ole Nydahl. He asked them to bring Diamondway Buddhism to the west.

"You run around the kitchen table & try to catch happiness, but can never quite catch it. When you simply stop, it jumps on your back"

Lama Ole Nydahl

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