Diamond Way Buddhism
Diamond Way is the translation of Vajrayana in Sanskrit, or Dorje thegpa in Tibetan. It is the level of Buddha's teachings which includes both the way of personal liberation and of attaining enlightenment for the sake of others, and uses direct, practical methods to allow practitioners to uncover their own natural, beyond-personal qualities.
Diamond Way Buddhism was taught by Buddha Shakyamuni to his close students. Passed down in small communities in northern India, it was transmitted over the Himalayas during the centuries when Buddhism was almost extinguished in India. In Tibet, Diamond Way Buddhism became the state religion, and over a thousand years infused every sphere of social and personal activity with spiritual meaning. After the Chinese invasion, Tibetan Buddhism spread out to every corner of the world.
His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, was the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage at the time when many Tibetan masters had to leave Tibet. The 16th Karmapa entrusted Lama Ole Nydahl, one of the founders of the Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation, along with his wife Hannah Nydahl, to help spread lay (non-monastic) Diamond Way Buddhism to Western countries. Their legacy is now under the spiritual patronage of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa.