Welcome to the Diamond Way Buddhist blog for university students! This is the first of its kind and our hope is that we are able to touch many independent minds. I am an anthropology student at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. My focus is in paleo-archeology and I currently do internship work at the internationally known Gault Site and laboratory. In addition to having such an amazing opportunity to learn from the best researchers in my field, I have also had the immeasurable blessing of having met Lama Ole Nydahl, the first Western student of the great yogi, the 16th Karmapa of Tibet, Ranjung Rigpe Dorje.
I have been studying Buddhism for many years and have been a student of Lama Ole for 13 years. In 2003, Lama Ole asked me to teach in the Diamond Way Buddhist Centers and Groups. I have travelled through Siberia and Russia with Lama Ole, and participated in many retreats in Europe and the US. In summary, it seemed quite fitting to bring my experience to create a university student blog forum and allow other idealists and like-minded people to contact the powerful and direct methods of Diamond Way Buddhism. I have found Buddhism in academia to be mostly sparse and to find people who have experience and deep knowledge about it is even more difficult. There are great specialists out there but they are few. In this blog, students will be able to gain contact with the methods of the Buddha’s Foundational Teachings, Great Way Teachings, and primarily, the most direct teachings on the enlightened state, his Diamond Way Teachings (Vajrayana). The Diamond Way Buddhist Karma Kagyu centers and groups around the world that I have gained my knowledge and experience through are directed by Lama Ole Nydahl, under the spiritual guidance of the 17th Karmapa, Trinle Thaye Dorje.