Following the wonderful start to 2013 with H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa, the new Year of the Water Snake starts in auspicious style with a Meditation Course with Lama Ole Nydahl next month.
Lama Ole Nydahl in Hong Kong
Our main teacher, Lama Ole Nydahl, will be visiting Hong Kong from 1-3 March 2013 and will host a Meditation Course. This 3 day, intensive course will begin with an introductory talk about Buddhist meditation on Friday evening and will continue with four sessions over the weekend, exploring this central Buddhist topic more deeply.
In Buddhism, meditation means “effortlessly remaining in what is.” This state may be brought about by calming and holding the mind, by realizing compassion and wisdom, or by working with the body’s energy channels and meditating on Buddha forms of light and energy. The most effective methods are the constant identification with one’s own potential to be a Buddha and experiencing the richness of every situation in life; both of which are taught in Diamond Way Buddhism. When one understands that the seer, what is seen, and the act of seeing are not separate from each other; the goal has been reached.
About Lama Ole Nydahl
Lama Ole Nydahl is one of the few Westerners fully qualified as a lama and meditation teacher in the Karma Kagyu Buddhist tradition. In 1969, Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah became the first Western students of H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. After completing three years of Buddhist philosophy studies and intensive meditation training – including the transmission for a unique Diamond Way Buddhist practice called Conscious Dying (tib. Phowa) – Ole Nydahl began teaching Buddhism in Europe at the request of the 16th Karmapa. Lama Ole has since transmitted the blessing of the lineage in a different city nearly every day, traveling and teaching worldwide. His depth of knowledge and dynamic teachings inspire thousands of people at his lectures and meditation retreats.
Challenging people’s concepts of life and Buddhism in an unorthodox manner, Lama Ole has been a major driving force in bringing Buddhism to the West, and to date his unique inspiration has led to the establishment of more than 600 Diamond Way Buddhist centers in 44 countries around the world. His original synthesis of modern style and ancient wisdom have helped create the largest body of students practicing Diamond Way Buddhist methods in the West.
Introduction to Meditation
– Friday 1 March: starts at 7pm (with Lama Ole)
– Saturday 2 March: Meditation Course: 2 sessions starting at 10am and 3pm (Lama Ole will teach both sessions)
– Sunday 3 March: Meditation Course: 2 sessions starting at 10am and 3pm (a local teacher will teach the first session and Lama Ole will teach the second session)
Address: Paragon Culture, 23/F, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Cost: The price for attending the whole course (5 talks) will be HK$480 (HK$380 for concessions). In the event that you cannot attend the whole course, it is possible to attend individual talks (each costs HK$100 or HK$80 for concessions).
Registration: please help us by registering for the course by following this link. Note that you can still attend if you do not register, but it is very helpful for us to know how many are coming so please do!
We welcome everyone to attend the course and very much look forward to seeing you there!
Regular Meditation Sessions
We meet every Monday and Wednesday for meditation at our centre in Sheung Wan. As usual, we’ll start at 8pm and practice the 16th Karmapa Meditation. All are welcome to join. If you are new to Buddhism, we’d recommend coming along on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm where one of our regular members will give a short talk to introduce the meditation and explain a little about who we are and what we do. On Saturdays, we meet for meditation at 11am for those who would like to carry on with their own practice with friends.
NOTE: the centre will not be open for regular meditation on Saturday 2 March.
As usual, all are welcome to attend all our events.
Look forward to seeing you soon and happy new year!
Diamond Way Buddhism Hong Kong
Unit 3, 2nd Floor, 3-5 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong