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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.

Hannah: Buddhism’s Untold Journey – Movie Screening

 

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We are delighted to announce the second Hong Kong screening of the film “Hannah: Buddhism’s Untold Journey” will take place on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at 7.00pm, the moving story of Hannah Nydahl – one of the pioneers who brought Buddhism to the West.

About the Film

‘Hannah: Buddhism’s Untold Journey’ tells the story of Hannah Nydahl and her adventure bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West.

From her wild and idealistic roots as a hippy in Copenhagen, the film follows Hannah and her husband Ole to the hedonistic city of Kathmandu, where in 1968 they became two of the first Western students of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa – the first consciously reincarnated lama of Tibet, and the man who would change their lives forever.

At the heart of the film lies the unique and inspiring love story of Hannah and Ole and their unwavering dedication to bring Buddhism to the West. From Europe and North America, through the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and Russia, to being kidnapped by guerrillas in South America, the film portrays the path of a great woman at the forefront of a turbulent, ever-changing world.

‘Hannah’ explores how the Buddhist ideal of freedom, in all its forms, is more relevant today than ever and why everything Tibetan should not be considered holy.

For more information about Hannah Nydahl, please click here.

Ulrike Markusch and Anthony Hopson, two of Hannah’s friends, will attend the screening and will host a short question and answer session after the film with the audience.

More information

Date and time: Saturday 22 April 2017, 7.00pm

Venue: Bradbury School, 43C Stubbs Road, Hong Kong

Ticket information: HK$100 / HK$80 concessions (available on the door)

Seating arrangements: Free seating, doors open at 6.45pm

Film website: http://www.hannahthefilm.com/

 

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!

 

Lama Ole Nydahl in Hong Kong

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We are delighted to announce that Lama Ole Nydahl will be visiting Hong Kong from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th February 2017 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 an introductory 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 several talks given by 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 3rd February, 7.00pm

Buddhism in Every Day Life – Saturday 4th February, 10.00am

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

Working with Disturbing Emotions – Sunday 5th February, 10.00am

The Great Seal: Limitless Space and Joy (with Lama Ole) – Sunday 5th February, 3.00pm

Event Information

Full course: HK$500 (HK$360 for concessions)

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

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 have organised rooms at the Holiday Inn in Sheung Wan – we will post a discount code soon once everything is confirmed with the hotel.

Hannah – Movie Premiere

 

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We are delighted to announce that the film premier of “Hannah: Buddhism’s Untold Journey” will take place on Thursday 2nd February 2017 at 7.30pm, the moving story of Hannah Nydahl – one of the pioneers who brought Buddhism to the West.

Lama Ole Nydahl, Hannah’s husband, will attend the screening together with Marta György Kessler, one of the film’s Producers and Directors. Both will be available after the screening and will take part in a question and answer session with the audience.

About the Film

‘Hannah: Buddhism’s Untold Journey’ tells the story of Hannah Nydahl and her adventure bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West.

From her wild and idealistic roots as a hippy in Copenhagen, the film follows Hannah and her husband Ole to the hedonistic city of Kathmandu, where in 1968 they became two of the first Western students of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa – the first consciously reincarnated lama of Tibet, and the man who would change their lives forever.

At the heart of the film lies the unique and inspiring love story of Hannah and Ole and their unwavering dedication to bring Buddhism to the West. From Europe and North America, through the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and Russia, to being kidnapped by guerrillas in South America, the film portrays the path of a great woman at the forefront of a turbulent, ever-changing world.

‘Hannah’ explores how the Buddhist ideal of freedom, in all its forms, is more relevant today than ever and why everything Tibetan should not be considered holy.

For more information about Hannah Nydahl, please click here.

More information

Date and time: Thursday 2 February 2017, 7.30pm

Venue: Bradbury School, 43C Stubbs Road, Hong Kong

Ticket information: HK$100 / HK$80 concessions (available on the door, from Ticketflap or from Eventbrite)

Seating arrangements: Free seating, doors open at 7.00pm

Film website: http://www.hannahthefilm.com/

 

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!

Weekly Meditation Evenings

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Weekly Meditations – Mondays at 7.30pm

We orgnanise regular introduction talks and guided meditations every Monday. The meditation which is practiced is called the 16th Karmapa Meditation. The methods employed in this meditation have been used in Buddhism since the time of the Buddha 2,500 year ago. Focused on fully developing the human potential, the meditation brings about lasting results for those who not only want to learn about their minds, but have a direct experience of it.

Every Monday, we start at 7.30pm with a short explanation about the meditation and Buddhism more generally. The meditation itself follows straight away and takes around 20-30 minutes. If you are new to Buddhism or meditation, it is an ideal place to start. There is no need to bring or wear anything special, and there is no charge for coming along.

The venue is the Diamond Way Buddhist Centre in Sheung Wan. We are conveniently located in a quiet street in the Central / Sheung Wan area, a short walk from either MTR station. There are various bus routes that run up and down either Queen’s Road Central or Des Voeux Road Central, and we are also very close to the tram.

Look forward to seeing you soon!