Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Book: Beyond all borders

Today I finished the reading of the book "Beyond all borders - As the Buddha came to the West" by Lama Ole Nydahl. Really a nice and great book to read about many years of work and efforts of this outstanding western Lama. Was a little bit like reading a history book and now after finishing it I understand much better the history and development of Diamondway Buddhism in the western world.

On their honeymoon in Nepal in 1968, Hannah and Ole Nydahl met as some of the first Westerners to Buddhism. They met the first consciously reincarnated Lama Gyalwa Karmapa (H.H. the 16th Karmapa), the "king of the yogis". After three exciting years of apprenticeship in the Himalayas, the Karmapa asked them to bring the doctrine into the western countries.

The story begins in the West in 1972 with the audience with the Queen of Denmark. The basement of a dilapidated house in Copenhagen is the first meditation center of the Karma Kagyu lineage in Europe, for the necessary mobility, a rusted VW bus was used. Two years later opened Karmapa's visit to Europe a whole new dimension and development for Diamondway Buddhism in Europe.

Since then, the two travel around the world. Lama Ole has founded by today more than 640 meditation centers of the Tibetan Karma Kagyu School. He wants to make sure that the unique philosophy, psychology, and especially the transfer of wisdom and the meditation is not lost, but kept alive worldwide.

An exciting, chronological description of the Buddhism and the West, significant encounter with autobiographical character, very fascinating to read.

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