What we're about

The Diamond Way Buddhist Center of Madison is part of a network of 700 (and always growing) groups and centers, which are built upon friendship and idealism. Our centers belong to the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and consist of lay teachers and practitioners. The teaching style used in our centers is inspired by the lay and yogi traditions of India and Tibet and primarily focus on meditation practice and developing a liberating “pure view”. Seeking to stay in the middle of life - with all of its unique challenges - Diamond Way practitioners apply these teaching in a way that’s natural and in keeping with modern, Western values.

We regularly host public meditation and lectures (here or at the UW campus) that give an introductory understanding of Buddhism and meditation as well as the special methods that make mind fearless, deeply happy and actively compassionate.

We also facilitate meditation weekends. Here people of all levels of experience can set aside time to go beyond an intellectual understanding of what we do and gain their own individual experience and confidence in the teachings.

Nobody in the network of Diamond Way centers is paid. Members volunteer their surplus of time and energy to support the center, and their monthly financial donations are used to pay for rent and utilities and to bring in Diamond Way traveling teachers.

Upcoming events (5+)

30-minute intro talks (third Wednesday of the month)

Diamond Way Buddhist Center of Madison

Once a month we take a deeper dive with an experienced member of the center who gives a longer, more detailed talk on a staple subject like karma or meditation. It's also free and another excellent night for newcomers!

Public Meditation - Sun/Weds@8 pm

Diamond Way Buddhist Center of Madison

Our public meditation nights provide the opportunity, at no cost, to learn about Buddhism and meditation in a relaxed and warm environment. One of our members gives a short talk on a staple Buddhist subject, like meditation or karma, and together we do our main meditation practice, which is guided. Our nearly 700 centers, which are guided by Lama Ole Nydahl (http://www.lama-ole-nydahl.org/), belong to the Karma Kaygu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, which is currently headed by the 17th Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje (https://www.karmapa.org/). The approach used in our centers, as specified by the lamas in this lineage, places the emphasis on meditation and life experience while transforming emotions like attachment and desire into wisdom.

Campus Meditation - Tues@7:30 pm

Union South

Our campus night also consists of a short talk and guided meditation and is open to the general public. Find our listing and room location via the Today In the Union screens ("DWB: Buddhist Meditation and Talk"). We host meditation on campus during the fall and spring semesters (not during the winter or summer sessions).

Public Meditation - Sun/Weds@8 pm

Diamond Way Buddhist Center of Madison

Our public meditation nights provide the opportunity, at no cost, to learn about Buddhism and meditation in a relaxed and warm environment. One of our members gives a short talk on a staple Buddhist subject, like meditation or karma, and together we do our main meditation practice, which is guided. Our nearly 700 centers, which are guided by Lama Ole Nydahl (http://www.lama-ole-nydahl.org/), belong to the Karma Kaygu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, which is currently headed by the 17th Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje (https://www.karmapa.org/). The approach used in our centers, as specified by the lamas in this lineage, places the emphasis on meditation and life experience while transforming emotions like attachment and desire into wisdom.

Past events (780)

Campus Meditation - Tues@7:30 pm

Union South

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