Diamond Way Buddhism in the West.
What is Diamond Way Buddhism? To help distinguish between the many different types of Buddhism, it can be said that Buddhism generally falls into one of three groups; Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. The Sanskrit word "yana" literally means "way", "path" or "vehicle" and refers to the methods and motivations used within the practice. Vajra is a Sanskrit term that symbolises something that is unbreakable or indestructible and is translated in its Buddhist context as "Diamond". Thus the Sanskrit term Vajrayana can simply be translated as "Diamond Way"
Diamond Way Buddhism in the West In 1972, after three years of Buddhist study and meditation with H.H. the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah were asked to take the Karma Kagyu teachings to the West. Since then Lama Ole has opened over 650 Diamond Way Buddhist in over 50 countries around the world. Diamond Way Buddhism integrates perfectly into the Western culture whilst maintaining the full authentic teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism. The practice develops personal and spiritual growth enabling practitioners to benefit themselves and others in their everyday lives. To learn more about the work of Lama Ole Nydahl, from his first contact with Buddhism to the present day please visit his website About Lama Ole Nydahl.
In the video below, Lama Ole talks gives a short Buddhist teaching on the nature of mind.