The historical Buddha Shakyamuni was born around 560 B.C.E. to a royal family in Northern India. From early childhood he was surrounded by wealth and beauty, and enjoyed a sophisticated education. 

When he was 29 years old he left the palace for the first time and encountered an old man, a sick man, and a dead man , experiences he had never known before. He then realized that nothing was permanent and decided to search for lasting values. He meditated and studied with the best masters of that time for the next 6 years. At the age of 35 he recognized the nature of mind.

He taught for another 45 years of his life. After his death all his teachings were collected. They are called Dharma and consist of 84 000 teachings. They are based on wisdom and compassion for the benefit of all beings. They are the main religion in several East Asian countries. Since the early seventies, the profound Buddhist view with its vast number of methods has inspired and fascinated a growing number of people in Western cultures. 

Buddha teaches in a way that makes Buddhism directly relevant to our daily lives. Understanding this makes the experience of lasting happiness possible. The goal of Buddha's teachings is the full development of our innate potential, that is achieving enlightenment.

Would you like to know more?
Recommended websites in English
icon1 www.diamondway-buddhism.org
(Worldwide Diamond Way Buddhism website)

(HH 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje web page)

(The International Diamond Way Buddhist Project)

(Lama Ole Nydahl web page)

icon1 streaming.dwbn.org
(Diamond Way teachings website)

(You Tube chanel with Lama Ole Nydahl's lectures)

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