Lama Ole Nydahl
Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah met Buddhism in 1968 on their honeymoon to Nepal. Their first Buddhist teacher was Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche, one of the greatest meditation masters of the Himalayas. Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche introduced Lama Ole and Hannah Nydahl to H.H. the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Ripe Dorje, and they were among Karmapa’s first Western students.
In 1972 the 16th Karmapa sent Lama Ole and Hannah Nydahl to the West to teach Buddhism. That year they founded the Buddhist Centre in Copenhagen, under the guidance of the 16th Karmapa. The first location was in Skindergade in the inner city, and from 1975 at the current address on Svanemøllevej. Karmapa blessed the centre as being the “spiritual mother of all later centres in the West.”
Today there are approximately 650 Diamond Way centres in 65 countries worldwide and more than half a million people have taken Buddhist Refuge and learned Buddhist meditation from Lama Ole.
Lama Ole Nydahl is officially recognised as a lama by H.H. the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, by the 14th Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche and by Thaye Dorje, H.H. the 17th Karmapa. Lama Ole Nydahl was officially invited in 2012 by the Royal Family of Bhutan to teach in Bhutan. https://lama-ole-nydahl.org/documents/
Lama Ole Nydahl has been teaching Diamond Way Buddhism around the world for over 45 years.
Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche
Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche was born in 1950 in the village of Manang in the Northern part of Nepal and is a highly respected lama of the Karma Kagyu lineage.
He received the vows of a monk in Rumtek Monastery in the presence of the 16th Karmapa. Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche is one of the few lamas to hold the title of “Maniwa”. This title is given only to those, who master the practice of Loving Eyes (Skt. Avalokiteshvara, Tib. Chenrezig), and who is able to encourage others to recite the mantra of Loving Eyes, OM MANI PEME HUNG more than one billion times. Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche has guided 30 “Mani Dhungyur” festivals in his home country Nepal, where thousands of students gather and where more than a billion Mani mantras are accumulated.
An experienced Buddhist master is necessary to build a stupa. Lama Ole Nydahl has requested Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche to head the construction of the Copenhagen Victory Stupa. Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche has directed the construction of numerous stupas both in Asia and in Europe. Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche’s first stupa construction in Europe was the Enlightenment Stupa in Becske in Hungary. This stupa was inaugurated on the 15th of June 2015, where also Lama Ole Nydahl was also present.