About the Foundation

The Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation brings together an exceptional pool of experts on all aspects of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, its teachings, art, and philosophy. Besides financial support for Buddhist projects, the sharing of such expertise is the real cornerstone of its activity.

The Foundation and its projects are based solely on idealism and voluntary work and are financed by donations.


Buddhist cultural and academic projects

  • Collecting quality contemporary Tibetan Buddhist artifacts, especially statues and scroll paintings (Tib. thangka) used for Buddhist meditation practices and statue exhibitions.
  • Organising public statue exhibitions to provide easy access to Buddhist art, values and philosophy.
  • Participating in the construction of stupas, monuments symbolizing enlightenment, which bring freedom and peace to their surroundings.
  • Supporting the International Institute of Tibetan and Asian Studies (ITAS) and their collection and translation of traditional Buddhist texts.
  • Promoting dialog between Buddhism and science through symposiums and seminars.
  • Co-financing and advising Buddhist film projects.

Examples of our work include a Buddhist information-and-meditation hall for athletes at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, a statue and thangka exhibition in the European Parliament in Brussels, stupas built in Greece, Austria and Germany, the restoration of the Swayambhu monastery of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa head of the Karma Kagyu lineage, in Kathmandu, Nepal, and many more.


Developing meditation centers on five continents

Each Diamond Way Buddhist center is an offer to the local community. It is a friendly, open place where one can learn to meditate and get in contact with Buddha’s teachings and methods. Surprisingly practical in today’s world, these powerful tools, passed down in an unbroken line of transmisson from the Buddha, enable people to see meaning and potential in all life’s situations, experiencing them with greater ease and joy.

There are about 640 Diamond Way Buddhist meditation centers in 66 countries around the world. The Foundation wholly or partially owns around 20 of them, including the Europe Center, an international hub and the main seat of Diamond Way Buddhism.


Securing the life work of Hannah and Lama Ole Nydahl

Hannah and Lama Ole Nydahl have dedicated their lives to the transmission of traditional Buddhist teachings and meditation texts and methods to the West. Securing their immense life work is a crucial function of the Foundation. It takes care of their intellectual property, holding the worldwide legal rights to all their written and audiovisual work, including translations of Lama Ole’s books and other manuscripts into more than 20 languages.


Founding Document (Stiftungsgeschäft 1999) is available as a PDF-document