Buddhism in Daily Life

Please join us for a weekend of talks about Buddhism and their relevance in our modern busy lives.

So, what is Buddhism? The historical 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.

About the speaker:

Victor Burley has over 40 years of experience practicing Buddhist methods and has been a student of Lama Ole Nydahl since taking refuge with him 1993. Victor is an engineer who lives and works in Sydney, and is the current President of the Australian Diamond Way Buddhist Association. He has many years of experience practicing and teaching Diamond Way Buddhism which is conveyed through his easygoing style and sense of humour.

Talks:

Friday 24 March, 7pm: Buddhism in Daily Life

Saturday 25 March, 3pm: Working with Disturbing Emotions

Sunday 26 March, 3pm: The Six Paramitas

Venue:

Diamond Way Buddhist Centre Hong Kong

Cost:

Each talk costs HK$100 / HK$60

The Teacher and Student in Buddhism

Please join us for a special talk about this central topic in Diamond Way Buddhism. According to the highest level of Buddha’s teachings, the teacher is the most important aspect because we see him or her not as a person or god but as a mirror to our own potential. The teacher actually represents the Buddha, showing us our timeless nature with countless skillful means.

About the speaker

Paulina Czaja lives in Bartolty, Poland in a Buddhist retreat centre. She been practising Diamond Way Buddhism for 24 years and has been teaching Buddhism for more than 10 years.

Other information

Price: $100 / $60 (concessions)

Venue: Diamond Way Buddhist Centre Hong Kong

Date / time: Saturday 11 March, 3pm

Learn to Meditate

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The Buddha taught many methods for skilfully working with mind. Among these, meditation techniques are very important and have several aims: they free us from disturbing emotions; help us to realise the dreamlike nature of our experience (while strengthening our compassionate ability to help others to do the same); and allow us to recognise the timeless and perfect potential of mind.

This talk will give an overview of the types of Buddhist meditation, focussing in particular on how these methods can be used in our daily lives, and will include a guided meditation. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. All are welcome!

About the speaker

Paulina Czaja lives in Bartolty, Poland in a Buddhist retreat centre. She been practising Diamond Way Buddhism for 24 years and has been teaching Buddhism for more than 10 years.

Other information

Price: $100 / $60 (concessions)

Venue: Diamond Way Buddhist Centre Hong Kong

Date / Time: Friday 10 March 2017 at 7pm

Meditation has moved to Wednesday!

Starting in March 2017, we’re moving our main meditation evening from Monday to Wednesday!

The format for the evening remains the same: we meet up to do a guided Buddhist meditation together. Before the meditation starts, there will be a short talk to introduce and explain who we are and how the meditation works. The evening starts at 7.30pm.

If you are new to Buddhism or meditation, it is an ideal place to start. All are welcome to attend and there is no charge for coming along.

Hope to see you there!

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/

 

Mulled wine and minced pies!

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Please don’t forget to come to meditation this coming Monday 12th December at 7.30pm. We’re looking forward to hosting our annual minced pies and mulled wine evening – the mulled wine will be served after meditation, naturally!

As usual – all are welcome, it’s always free to join our meditation evenings, and people new to Buddhism are very much invited to come.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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!

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!).