16. Karmapa Rangjung Dorje
17. Karmapa Thaye Dorje
Lama Ole Nydahl
Our centers operate in the tradition of the Karma Kagyu lineage, one of the four big Buddhist schools of Tibet and teaches Diamondway Buddhismn (Sanskrit: Vajrayana). As the lineage of direct oral transmission, the special focus is on meditation and direct transmission of experience of mind´s nature from teacher to student.
Karma Kagyu teachings originate from the historic Buddha and have been passed down in India and later in Tibet by enlightened meditation masters. A 1000 years ago, distinguished Mahasiddhas such as Naropa and Maitripa as well as the famous Yogis Marpa and Milarepa developed the lineage close to the life of lay people. Gampopa developed shortly after his clerical direction. Since the 12th century, the Karma Kagyu lineage is headed by the unbroken line of Gyalwa Karmapa reincarnations. Today the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje is our spiritual head.
Buddhist teachers like Kunzig Sharmapa, Shigme Rinpoche, Topga Rinpoche and Khenpo Chodrak pass on the eastern transmission. They support work in the new, westernized centers around the world.
Our most important teacher in the West is Lama Ole Nydahl. During the last 35 years, he has founded more than 500 centers around the world by order of the 16th Karmapa. In these centers, Eastern Lamas (teachers), authorized lay teachers and he himself give regular lectures. Of special interest to the Western world is the fact that the Karma Kagyu Lineage gives teachings that are close to the life of lay people and teachings that aim for the development, clarity and independence in today´s world. A way that helps fo find and unfold inner richness for the sake of all beings.