THE KARMA KAGYU LINEAGE
Lama Ole Nydahl
Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah were the first Western students of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. In continuous exchange with his students, Lama Ole teaches the way and goal of Diamond Way Buddhism. His unique synthesis of modern style and ancient wisdom has helped create the largest body of students practicing Diamond Way Buddhist methods in the West. Through his example of unshakable joy and constant activity for the benefit of others, he shows what can be achieved through working with mind. Today, at his request, over one hundred of his students teach Buddhism around the world.
Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche
Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche, a highly respected lama of the Kagyu lineage, is a Maniwa—a title that is rarely encountered: it means that you have been able to encourage others to recite the Mani mantra more than one billion (1,000,000,000) times (Mani Dhungyur). Rinpoche was ordained in Rumtek by the 16th Karmapa. An exceptionally gifted student, he mastered all aspects of traditional Buddhist study, from the sutras and tantras, to rituals and music, to the sciences, art and composition. Born in 1950 in Nepal, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche has fulfilled various projects, including the reconstruction of the old Manang monastery, Karma Dubgyu Chöling in Pokhara; taking on the responsibilities of Manang monastery at Swayambhu; publishing essential meditation texts, and constructing many stupas.