The Way Things Are

A new and completely re-written version of Lama Ole Nydahl’s main book, The Way Things Are, has just been published and we have copies available at the centre (you can also order it via Amazon). Lama Ole Nydahl began teaching Buddhism in Europe at the request of H. H. the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu school ofTibetan Buddhism. He has established over 550 Diamond Way Buddhist centres in the Western world.


The highest teachings on the nature of mind are like a diamond, transparent and indestructible, also reflecting the color of the society into which they are introduced. Originating in India, Buddhism migrated to Tibet, and is today taking a style more appropriate to educated and independent minds in the West. Lama Ole, one of the few qualified western lamas of the Karma Kagyu tradition, is a major driving force in this process, and provides here a fresh, exciting summary of Buddha’s timeless wisdom. This seminal work offers the liberating and powerful methods of Diamond Way (Vajrayana) Buddhism for readers seeking to incorporate Buddhist practice into their daily lives.

“It is my wish that through this book, the seed of Buddhahood is planted in the reader’s mind. By putting the teachings presented here into practice, may they accomplish the ultimate goal of Enlightenment for the benefit of all.”
– Trinlay Thaye Dorje, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa (the current spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu lineage).