Category Archives: Buddhist Teachings

A Weekend Course with Sara Finnerty

We are very happy to invite you to a series of talks with Diamond Way teacher Sara Finnerty from Seattle in the US. Sara will share her knowledge with us, giving three lectures on “Removing Disturbing Emotions and Obstacles”, “Bodhicitta – The Enlightened Mind”, “The Meaning of the Sangha”. Each talk will include a chance to ask any questions you may have and take part in a guided meditation. Details of the program with Sara are shown below:

Removing Disturbing Emotions and Obstacles
Friday 19 October, 7.00pm
How do we integrate Buddhist teachings and meditation into our every day lives, providing the tools we need to transform the emotional ups and downs we experience into a state of awareness and joy. As our disturbing feelings dissolve, we are able to experience the true nature of mind more and more: a state of space and bliss inseparable.

Bodhicitta – The Enlightened Mind
Saturday 20 October, 3.00pm
As Buddhists, it is important to understand and develop Bodhicitta, the enlightened attitude. Bodhicitta is not a single attribute, it is the combination of many positive attributes such as the application of compassion, kindness, right view and wisdom. Developing these naturally leads us towards enlightenment.

The Meaning of the Sangha
Sunday 21 October, 3.00pm
The Sangha is the community of practitioners who are trying to develop themselves for the benefit of others, and is one of the 3 “jewels of enlightenment” that every Buddhist practitioner takes refuge in.

About the speaker, Sara Finnerty

Sara Finnerty was born in 1971 in the U.S.A. and has been practicing Diamond Way Buddhism since 1991. She meet her teacher, Lama Ole Nydahl, while studying at university in San Francisco.

Sara helped to establish and has lived in Diamond Buddhist Way centers across the United States since 1993; in California, Texas, New Mexico, and currently in Nevada. Following Lama Ole’s request, she has been traveling and teaching Diamond Way Buddhism since 2015. Sara spends her time between Las Vegas, NV and Seattle, WA.

Other details

Venue: Diamond Way Buddhist Centre Hong Kong
Cost: HK$100 / HK$60 for each talk

We very much look forward to seeing you at the talks!

Meditation and More – a weekend course

We are very happy to invite you to a series of talks with Diamond Way teacher Detlev Goebel from Munich. Detlev will share his in-depth knowledge with us, giving three lectures on “Meditation: the practice of Guru Yoga”, “The Four Foundational Practices”, “Blessing and Transmission in the Karma Kagyü Lineage”. Details of the program with Detlev are shown below:

Meditation: the practice of Guru Yoga
Friday 31 August, 7.00pm

The Four Foundational Practices
Saturday 1 September, 3.00pm

Blessing and Transmission in the Karma Kagyü Lineage
Sunday 2 September, 3.00pm

About the speaker, Detlev Goebel

Detlev was born in Germany in 1960 and took Buddhist refuge with Lama Ole Nydahl in 1984. Since 1990 he has been an editor of Kagyu Life Magazine, and started giving dharma teachings at Lama Ole’s request in 1992. Over the last 30 years, Detlev has made numerous pilgrimages in Nepal, India, Tibet and especially Bhutan, and in the recent years has guided annual pilgrimages of the Buddhist power places of Bhutan. He and his wife Claudia currently live in Munich and volunteer their time as editors of the important Buddhismus Heute (“Buddhism Today”) magazine.

Other details

Venue: Diamond Way Buddhist Centre Hong Kong

Cost: HK$100 / HK$60 for each talk

We very much look forward to seeing you at the talks!

His Holiness 17th Gyalwa Karmapa visiting Hong Kong

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Thaye Dorje, will visit Hong Kong in spring 2018. From 31 March to 8 April, Karmapa will bestow empowerments, conduct pujas, and lead a Kagyu Monlam.

Karmapa will also give teachings on the Buddha Dharma, and preside over a traditional fish release ceremony.

More information

For more information about the visit, including the schedule and locations, please see the website of the New Horizon Buddhist Association.

 

Lama Ole Nydahl in Hong Kong (March 2018)

We are delighted to announce that Lama Ole Nydahl will be visiting Hong Kong from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March 2018 to give teachings on Meditation and The Great Seal (Skt. Mahamudra / Tib. Chag Chen).

Meditation: The Key to Lasting Happiness

In Buddhism, meditation means “effortlessly remaining in what is.” This state may be brought about by calming and holding the mind, by realising compassion and wisdom, or by working with the body’s energy channels and meditating on Buddha forms. 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. Meditation is focused on fully developing our potential and brings about lasting results for those who not only want to learn about their minds, but have a direct experience of it.

The Great Seal: Limitless Space and Joy

The Great Seal is the crown jewel of the Buddha’s teachings and was taught by him to fully awaken mind’s potential and to seal its enlightened nature, an experience of limitless space and bliss. When one rests in the totality of the seer, what is seen and the act of seeing at all times, the goal, Mahamudra, is reached. Including basis, way and goal, it brings about the direct experience of mind’s enlightened nature. Lama Ole Nydahl will give his contemporary commentary on the Great Seal Wishes, a classic Mahamudra text composed by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (1284–1339).

The weekend course will start with a talk on Friday evening. Over the weekend, Lama Ole will introduce The Great Seal and the progressive stages which lead to this state. There will also be a talk given by an experienced Diamond Way Buddhist teachers and guided meditations throughout the course.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Schedule

Meditation: The Key to Lasting Happiness (with Lama Ole) – Friday 2nd March, 7.00pm

Buddhism in Every Day Life – Saturday 3rd March, 10.00am

The Great Seal: Limitless Space and Joy (with Lama Ole) – Saturday 3rd March, 3.00pm

The Great Seal: Limitless Space and Joy (with Lama Ole) – Sunday 4th March, 3.00pm

Event Information

Full course: HK$400 (HK$300 for concessions)

Individual talks: HK$120 (HK$90 for concessions)

(payment at the door)

Venue: Bradbury School, 43C Stubbs Road, HK.

The talks will be in English, translation into Cantonese will be provided.

Registration

Please take a few moments to register for the course by clicking on this link. Many thanks!

Accommodation

If you are travelling from overseas and need accommodation, we recommend staying at the Holiday Inn in Sheung Wan if you want to stay close to our centre. The best rates are normally online, at websites like hotels.com, agoda.com, etc.

Weekend Course (21-23 April)

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Please join us for a weekend of talks about Buddhism and meditation and how they relate to our lives today. Buddha’s teachings enable us to experience lasting happiness. By using suitable meditations, our theoretical knowledge turns into direct experience leading to the goal of Buddha’s teachings – the full development of body, speech and mind.

The weekend will start with an Introductory talk on Friday evening, and there will be two further talks on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The full schedule and details are below.

About the speaker:

ulrike-20150322-kl_5715_rgnUlrike Markusch spent the early years of her life in South America before moving to Germany, where she now lives and works as a psychosomatic doctor. She has been practicing Diamond Way Buddhism for 23 years and has been teaching for the last 9 years.

Talks:

Friday 21 April, 7pm: Meditation and Daily Life

Saturday 22 April, 3pm: Working with Disturbing Emotions

Sunday 23 April, 3pm: Buddhist Refuge and Why We Practice

Venue:

Diamond Way Buddhist Centre Hong Kong

Cost:

Each talk costs HK$100 / HK$60

Look forward to seeing you at the course!

 

Buddhism Today – a weekend course

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We are really excited to announce that Tomek Lehnert will be visiting Hong Kong in September. Tomek has been instrumental in bringing the timeless methods of Diamond Way Buddhism to the modern world, having been the travelling companion and secretary of Lama Ole Nydahl for more than 25 years.

So, what is Buddhism? Buddha used the best description himself. During the 1,500 years the teachings existed in India, they were called Dharma, and for the last 1,000 years in Tibet, the name was Chö. Both mean “the way things are.”

Understanding “the way things are” is the key to every happiness. Buddha himself is both teacher, example, protector and friend. His teachings allow us to avoid suffering and to enter a state of increasing bliss while also liberating and enlightening others.

Simply put, Buddha’s teachings enable us to experience lasting happiness. By using suitable meditations, our theoretical knowledge turns into direct experience leading to the goal of Buddha’s teachings – the full development of body, speech and mind.

But in today’s fast paced world, how can we use these timeless methods in our modern, busy lives?

Starting with a talk on Friday evening, Tomek will give an overview of Buddhist teachings and their relevance in our modern societies, and will continue with a series of talks about important topics providing a complete overview of Diamond Way buddhism over the course of the weekend. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and take part in several guided meditations.

In summary, the course will explore some of the central teachings of Buddhism and provide practical advice on how one can use the teachings, methods and meditations in our everyday life in Hong Kong – working with whatever situation arises to develop fearlessness, joy and compassion into our lives.

You don’t have to come to all the sessions to attend. All are welcome!

About the teacher

Tomek was born in 1956 in Gdansk, Poland. He studied Civil Engineering at the Polytechnics of Gdansk and English literature at the University of Poznan, Poland. In the early eighties, he became active in the students’ Solidarity movement in the then communist Poland.

In 1983, during martial law in Poland, Tomek met Lama Ole Nydahl, took Buddhist refuge and became his student. He began traveling with Lama Ole in 1987. Together with Ole’s wife Hannah Nydahl, he organised Lama Ole’s activity for twenty years and helped start Diamond Way Buddhist centers in the Americas, Australia and New Zealand, Russia and Western and Eastern Europe. Tomek translated for Lama Ole at his lectures in Poland and Latin America for more than ten years.

He is also the author of ‘Rogues in Robes’ (Blue Dolphin Publishing, 1998), a chronicle of the events surrounding  the recognition of HH the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

So please join us to hear Tomek’s inspiring teachings full of humour and tales of his times travelling on the road with Lama Ole (including being kidnapped at gun-point in Columbia by FARC guerrillas!).

Programme

The programme for the weekend is as follows:

Introduction to Buddhism: Friday 23 September, 7pm

Karma – Cause and Effect: Saturday 24 September, 11am
Working with Disturbing Emotions: Saturday 24 September, 3pm

Meditation practice: Sunday 25 September, 11am
The Teacher and Student in Diamond Way Buddhism: Sunday 25 September, 3pm

All are invited to join us for dinner on Saturday evening after the afternoon talk.

Other Information

Cost:
Whole course will cost HK$400 (HK$250 for concessions)
Individual sessions will cost HK$100 (or HK$60 for concessions)

Venue: 
Diamond Way Buddhist Centre Hong Kong, 2/F, 3-5 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

All are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Meditation – the art of happiness

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Please join our series of events on Meditation: The Art of Happiness, which take place from Tuesday 23rd to Wednesday 24th February 2016. We are delighted to announce that Tomek Lehnert will be in Hong Kong to lead the events.

In Buddhism, meditation means “effortlessly remaining in what is.” This state may be brought about by calming and holding the mind, by realising compassion and wisdom, or by meditating on Buddha forms.

The most effective meditation methods found in Buddhism are the constant identification with one’s own potential to be a Buddha. Here we experience the richness of every situation in life.

Meditation is focused on fully developing our potential and brings about lasting results for those who not only want to learn about their minds, but have a direct experience of it.

The events all take place in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island. Please note the venues in the information below.

Meditation: The Art of Happiness – Public Talk 
Tuesday 23rd February at 7pm
Venue: Paragon Culture, The Pemberton, Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan (map)
Cost: HK$100 (HK$80 for concessions) – tickets can be bought on the door.

Meditation: The Art of Happiness – Meditation Session
Wednesday 24th February at 2pm
Venue: Diamond Way Buddhist Centre, Jervois Street, Sheung Wan (map)
Cost: HK$100 (HK$80 for concessions) – tickets can be bought on the door.

Buddhism Today – Public Talk
Wednesday 24th February at 7pm
Venue: Diamond Way Buddhist Centre, Jervois Street, Sheung Wan (map)
Cost: HK$100 (HK$80 for concessions) – tickets can be bought on the door.

About the speaker, Tomek Lehnert

Tomek was born in 1956 in Gdansk, Poland. He studied Civil Engineering at the Polytechnic of Gdansk and English literature at the University of Poznan, Poland. In the early eighties, he became active in the students’ Solidarity movement in then communist Poland. In 1983, during martial law in Poland, Tomek met Lama Ole Nydahl, took Buddhist refuge and became his student. He began traveling with Lama Ole in 1987. Together with Ole’s wife Hannah Nydahl, he has organised Lama Ole’s activity over the last thirty years and helped start Diamond Way Buddhist centers in the Americas, Australia and New Zealand, Russia, Western and Eastern Europe. Tomek translated for Lama Ole at his lectures in Poland and Latin America for more than ten years.

He is also the author of ‘Rogues in Robes’ (Blue Dolphin Publishing, 1998), a chronicle of the events surrounding the recognition of HH the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Please join us to hear Tomek’s inspiring teachings full of humour and tales of his times travelling on the road with Lama Ole (including being kidnapped at gun-point in Columbia by FARC guerrillas!).

Lama Jampa Thaye: 15-17 January 2016 in Hong Kong

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We would like to welcome Lama Jampa Thaye to Hong Kong, who is coming on 15-17 Janruary 2016 to give a teachings on the Prayer to Vajradara.

About the talk:

Pengkar Jampal Zangpo’s ‘Dorjechang Thungma’ (Short Prayer to Vajradhara).

This Prayer has the power to open our hearts to the Lama and so allow transmission to occur.

This very beautiful Kagyu prayer is included in the Guru yoga part of the Kagyu Ngondro. The prayer is very important because it has two purposes: firstly that when we chant this prayer and meditate, it brings about an enhancement of mahamudra itself, so the prayer is a way of giving rise to mahamudra and stabilising the mahamudra experience; the second benefit of this prayer is that it contains the major stages of the Kagyu path, so that if one wants a very short summary of Kagyupa teachings one can find it in this beautiful short prayer.

Lama Jampa will give three teaching sessions using the commentary by Karma Chagme Rinpoche:

Friday 15th -7.30pm: Prayer to Vajradhara

Saturday 16th –  2.30pm: Prayer to Vajradhara

Sunday 17th -2.30 pm: Prayer to Vajradhara

Please note that the venue for this talk is The Karma Kagyu Lineage Centre in Chai Wan.

About the speaker:

Lama Jampa was born in England in 1952. In 1974 His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa appointed Lama Jampa to the Karma Kagyu Trust (UK) and he is often invited to teach in the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in Delhi.

Lama Jampa started practicing the Dharma at an early age of 20. Karma Thinley Rinpoche, HH Sakya Trizin and Ngor Phende Shabdrung Rinpoche became his important teachers and bestowed upon Lama Jampa innumerable initiations, transmissions and instructions from all the 4 main Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Lama Jampa was entrusted, by his teachers, with the responsibility of opening and taking care of Dharma centres in England. In 1988, as a result of his completion of the necessary retreats and textual studies, he was given the authority to carry out the activities of a lama, such as bestowing vajrayana initiations. Since then he has travelled extensively giving teachings and initiations in many countries.

Lama Jampa is the author of various works, which have been published in 5 languages. He holds a doctorate from the University of Manchester for his work on Tibetan religious history and lectured for over twenty years at universities.

More information about Lama Jampa can be found on his website.

Buddhism Today

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So, what is Buddhism? Buddha used the best description himself. During the 1,500 years the teachings existed in India, they were called Dharma, and for the last 1,000 years in Tibet, the name was Chö. Both mean “the way things are.”

Understanding “the way things are” is the key to every happiness. Buddha himself is both teacher, example, protector and friend. His teachings allow us to avoid suffering and to enter a state of increasing bliss while also liberating and enlightening others.

The program for the weekend will include a public lecture on Friday evening at 7pm, meditation sessions, and further talks, also open to all.

In summary, the course will explore some of the central teachings of Buddhism and provide practical advice on how one can use the teachings, methods and meditations in our everyday life in Hong Kong – working with whatever situation arises to develop fearlessness, joy and compassion into our lives.

You don’t have to come to all the sessions to attend. All are welcome!

About the speaker

LeifAndersonfullLeif Anderson became a Buddhist in 1973. He met and studied with many high buddhist teachers, including Kalu Rinpoche and  H.H. 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. He has lived in the Diamond Way Buddhist center in Copenhagen since 1990 and teaching buddhism  since 2001.

Weekend Program

Fri 3 July
7 pm – Lecture: Buddhism Today

Sat 4 July
11 am – Talk: Buddhism Today II
3 pm – Talk: Buddhism Today III

Sun 5 July
11 am – Brunch together (meet at the centre)
12 pm – Meditation together
3 pm – Talk: Buddhism Today IV

Other information

Location:
Diamond Way Buddhist Centre, Sheung Wan Hong Kong

Price:
$100 / $60 (concessions) per talk

Karma: Cause and Effect (talk)

All are welcome to join a talk on “Karma: Cause and Effect”. Karma literally translates as action – it does not mean fate. The understanding that each of us is responsible for our own lives makes it possible to consciously generate positive impressions. This brings happiness and helps us to avoid the causes of future suffering. Positive states of mind may be strengthened effectively through the methods of Diamond Way Buddhism, while negative impressions waiting to mature can be transformed into wisdom. Continue reading Karma: Cause and Effect (talk)