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The Diamond Way Buddhist Center of Chicago is part of an international network of over 678 meditation centers in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. These centers were founded and are directed by Lama Ole Nydahl according to the wishes of H.H. 16th Karmapa. They are now under the spiritual guidance of H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinlay Thaye Dorje. Our center consists of people and families, who work full-time jobs, and incorporate Diamond Way teachings and meditations into their daily lives.

Our members share responsibility for guiding meditations, answering questions, and giving explanations about Buddhism; our work is unpaid and based on idealism and friendship. We hold weekly meditation evenings, which are open to the public and are free of charge. There is a relaxed social atmosphere and questions are encouraged.

Meditations are guided in English and involve visualization and mantra recitation, allowing space, clarity and joy to naturally arise. Other activities include group readings, teachings and meditation retreats.

To learn more about our center visit:
http://www.diamondway.org/chicago/

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Guided Vajrayana Buddhist Meditation

Diamond Way Buddhist Center : Chicago

After a long hiatus we are bringing back our group meditations! Of course we have had to make some changes to adopt the necessary COVID-19 precautions and we are still figuring out what our new permanent schedule will look like. For now, while we still have the weather on our side, we are hosting small group meditations outdoors in the backyard of our Center. Because of the restrictions on group sizes and in order to maintain distancing, we have to ask people to RSVP to confirm attendance. When you RSVP, we will reply to discuss the full expectations of attending meditations in the time of COVID-19. Of course, please do not attend if you are experiencing any symptoms or feeling ill in any way. And we do require you arrive wearing a mask. The outdoor events will be weather-permitting. If the group is small enough and the weather is not cooperating, we will move the group indoors to our meditation space. The meditation begins with a short introduction on Buddhism for the benefit of any newcomers. This will be followed by a guided Vajrayana Buddhist meditation. The meditation generally lasts ~20 minutes, and it is accessible and beneficial to people of all experience levels. You are welcome to stay afterwards to ask any questions or talk further. We will have meditation cushions available, but you are welcome to bring your own if you like. Chairs can also be made available for those who need. We are currently unable to provide tea or water as we normally would, so please bring a water bottle or other beverage if you would like. What Is Buddhist Meditation? In Buddhism, meditation means "effortlessly remaining in what is". This state may be brought about by calming and holding the mind, when compassion and wisdom are realized, or by working with our bodies' energy channels and meditating on light forms of Buddhas. About Us Diamond Way Buddhist Center Chicago belongs to an international non-profit network of over 600 lay Diamond Way Buddhist centers of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Lama Ole Nydahl and under the spiritual guidance of H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje. Diamond Way Buddhism offers practical and effective methods to realize mind’s inherent richness for the benefit of all. With an accessible and modern style, it works with people’s confidence and desire, using every situation in life to develop fearlessness and joy. We always present a basic introduction for newcomers, and the meditations are guided in English. To learn more about our center visit: http://www.diamondway.org/chicago/ *This event itself is free. Just come as you are and enjoy.

Guided Vajrayana Buddhist Meditation

Diamond Way Buddhist Center : Chicago

After a long hiatus we are bringing back our group meditations! Of course we have had to make some changes to adopt the necessary COVID-19 precautions and we are still figuring out what our new permanent schedule will look like. For now, while we still have the weather on our side, we are hosting small group meditations outdoors in the backyard of our Center. Because of the restrictions on group sizes and in order to maintain distancing, we have to ask people to RSVP to confirm attendance. When you RSVP, we will reply to discuss the full expectations of attending meditations in the time of COVID-19. Of course, please do not attend if you are experiencing any symptoms or feeling ill in any way. And we do require you arrive wearing a mask. The outdoor events will be weather-permitting. If the group is small enough and the weather is not cooperating, we will move the group indoors to our meditation space. The meditation begins with a short introduction on Buddhism for the benefit of any newcomers. This will be followed by a guided Vajrayana Buddhist meditation. The meditation generally lasts ~20 minutes, and it is accessible and beneficial to people of all experience levels. You are welcome to stay afterwards to ask any questions or talk further. We will have meditation cushions available, but you are welcome to bring your own if you like. Chairs can also be made available for those who need. We are currently unable to provide tea or water as we normally would, so please bring a water bottle or other beverage if you would like. What Is Buddhist Meditation? In Buddhism, meditation means "effortlessly remaining in what is". This state may be brought about by calming and holding the mind, when compassion and wisdom are realized, or by working with our bodies' energy channels and meditating on light forms of Buddhas. About Us Diamond Way Buddhist Center Chicago belongs to an international non-profit network of over 600 lay Diamond Way Buddhist centers of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Lama Ole Nydahl and under the spiritual guidance of H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje. Diamond Way Buddhism offers practical and effective methods to realize mind’s inherent richness for the benefit of all. With an accessible and modern style, it works with people’s confidence and desire, using every situation in life to develop fearlessness and joy. We always present a basic introduction for newcomers, and the meditations are guided in English. To learn more about our center visit: http://www.diamondway.org/chicago/ *This event itself is free. Just come as you are and enjoy.

Guided Vajrayana Buddhist Meditation

Diamond Way Buddhist Center : Chicago

After a long hiatus we are bringing back our group meditations! Of course we have had to make some changes to adopt the necessary COVID-19 precautions and we are still figuring out what our new permanent schedule will look like. For now, while we still have the weather on our side, we are hosting small group meditations outdoors in the backyard of our Center. Because of the restrictions on group sizes and in order to maintain distancing, we have to ask people to RSVP to confirm attendance. When you RSVP, we will reply to discuss the full expectations of attending meditations in the time of COVID-19. Of course, please do not attend if you are experiencing any symptoms or feeling ill in any way. And we do require you arrive wearing a mask. The outdoor events will be weather-permitting. If the group is small enough and the weather is not cooperating, we will move the group indoors to our meditation space. The meditation begins with a short introduction on Buddhism for the benefit of any newcomers. This will be followed by a guided Vajrayana Buddhist meditation. The meditation generally lasts ~20 minutes, and it is accessible and beneficial to people of all experience levels. You are welcome to stay afterwards to ask any questions or talk further. We will have meditation cushions available, but you are welcome to bring your own if you like. Chairs can also be made available for those who need. We are currently unable to provide tea or water as we normally would, so please bring a water bottle or other beverage if you would like. What Is Buddhist Meditation? In Buddhism, meditation means "effortlessly remaining in what is". This state may be brought about by calming and holding the mind, when compassion and wisdom are realized, or by working with our bodies' energy channels and meditating on light forms of Buddhas. About Us Diamond Way Buddhist Center Chicago belongs to an international non-profit network of over 600 lay Diamond Way Buddhist centers of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Lama Ole Nydahl and under the spiritual guidance of H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje. Diamond Way Buddhism offers practical and effective methods to realize mind’s inherent richness for the benefit of all. With an accessible and modern style, it works with people’s confidence and desire, using every situation in life to develop fearlessness and joy. We always present a basic introduction for newcomers, and the meditations are guided in English. To learn more about our center visit: http://www.diamondway.org/chicago/ *This event itself is free. Just come as you are and enjoy.

Guided Vajrayana Buddhist Meditation

Diamond Way Buddhist Center : Chicago

After a long hiatus we are bringing back our group meditations! Of course we have had to make some changes to adopt the necessary COVID-19 precautions and we are still figuring out what our new permanent schedule will look like. For now, while we still have the weather on our side, we are hosting small group meditations outdoors in the backyard of our Center. Because of the restrictions on group sizes and in order to maintain distancing, we have to ask people to RSVP to confirm attendance. When you RSVP, we will reply to discuss the full expectations of attending meditations in the time of COVID-19. Of course, please do not attend if you are experiencing any symptoms or feeling ill in any way. And we do require you arrive wearing a mask. The outdoor events will be weather-permitting. If the group is small enough and the weather is not cooperating, we will move the group indoors to our meditation space. The meditation begins with a short introduction on Buddhism for the benefit of any newcomers. This will be followed by a guided Vajrayana Buddhist meditation. The meditation generally lasts ~20 minutes, and it is accessible and beneficial to people of all experience levels. You are welcome to stay afterwards to ask any questions or talk further. We will have meditation cushions available, but you are welcome to bring your own if you like. Chairs can also be made available for those who need. We are currently unable to provide tea or water as we normally would, so please bring a water bottle or other beverage if you would like. What Is Buddhist Meditation? In Buddhism, meditation means "effortlessly remaining in what is". This state may be brought about by calming and holding the mind, when compassion and wisdom are realized, or by working with our bodies' energy channels and meditating on light forms of Buddhas. About Us Diamond Way Buddhist Center Chicago belongs to an international non-profit network of over 600 lay Diamond Way Buddhist centers of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Lama Ole Nydahl and under the spiritual guidance of H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje. Diamond Way Buddhism offers practical and effective methods to realize mind’s inherent richness for the benefit of all. With an accessible and modern style, it works with people’s confidence and desire, using every situation in life to develop fearlessness and joy. We always present a basic introduction for newcomers, and the meditations are guided in English. To learn more about our center visit: http://www.diamondway.org/chicago/ *This event itself is free. Just come as you are and enjoy.

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