The activity of the centre

Who we are

From the left: meditation, lecture, post-lecture supper and… before meditation.

The Gdansk Diamond Way Buddhist Centre belongs to the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and is one of 600 lay meditation centres and groups founded by Lama Ole Nydahl which are under the spiritual guidance of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinlay Thaye Dorje.

Our centres are not abstract institutions. They are organised on a voluntary, non-hierarchical basis and function through friendship and idealism. They are places where one can acquire the timeless wisdom of Buddha’s teachings, meditate, exchange experiences, share in others’ development and take part in group activities.

In Poland all of our 64 centres and meditation groups are represented by the Diamond Way Buddhist Association of the Karma Kagyu lineage, officially registered in 1984.

The main objective of the Association is to transmit authentic Diamond Way Buddhist teachings in a modern way.



Everyone can participate in Buddhist meditation. It takes about half an hour and does not involve any preparation, knowledge of complicated texts or the wearing of special clothes. All meditation sessions are free of charge and are guided in Polish.

Half an hour before the beginning of the meditation there is always somebody in the center who can give you basic explanations. And after the meditation we are more than willing to answer all your questions – concerning both the meditation practice as well as Diamond Way Buddhism foundations.

Meditations in the centre take place on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 7.30pm.

Lectures and meditation courses

Lecture and meditation

Lama Ole Nydahl usually visits Gdansk once a year to give a public lecture. Between his visits we are visited by travelling teachers who are close students of Lama Ole, and a lecture or a weekend meditation course is organised at least once a month.  (see News - Gdansk).

Audio-Visual material

The library in our centre offers Buddhist books and magazines that can help you to familiarize yourself with the Karma Kagyu lineage, as well as a collection of films, tapes and CDs containing lectures of our teachers. They can be used at the centre or borrowed by arrangement with our librarian.

You can also buy books, magazines, meditation texts and recordings of our teachers’ lectures in the centre.



Lama Ole often emphasises the importance of direct contact and the exchange of experience that take places in our centres. As lay Buddhists, not bound by monks’ vows, we can experience all the joys that life can bring including taking part in parties! Since we have amongst the members of our Gdansk sangha some leading Polish DJs, our parties have always had excellent musical accompaniment. We’re sure you’ll enjoy our great company!

Gompa Terror - Halloween Party 2007