Lama Ole Nydahl is one of the few Westerners fully qualified as a lama and meditation teacher in the Karma Kagyu Buddhist tradition. In 1969, Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah became the first Western students of H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa.
After completing three years of Buddhist philosophy studies and intensive meditation training – including the transmission for a unique Diamond Way Buddhist practice called Conscious Dying (Tib. Phowa) – Lama Ole Nydahl began teaching Buddhism in Europe at the request of the 16th Karmapa.
Lama Ole has since transmitted the blessing of the lineage in a different city nearly every day, traveling and teaching worldwide. His depth of knowledge and dynamic teachings inspire thousands of people at his lectures and meditation retreats.
Lama Ole has been a major driving force in bringing Buddhism to the West, and to date has established more than 600 Diamond Way Buddhist Centers in 44 countries around the world.
His unique synthesis of modern style and ancient wisdom helped create the largest body of students practicing Diamond Way Buddhist methods in the West. Shamar Rinpoche has said “In 1973 the 16th Karmapa ordered Ole and Hannah to teach and predicted that they would be very successful in spreading the Buddha’s teachings in the West. The 16th Karmapa taught them their main practices, the Guru Yogas on the 8th and 16th Karmapas. They kept their samaya without any doubt, following and fulfilling Karmapa’s wish. Ole is carrying out the activity of the 16th Karmapa.”
Nedo Rinpoche was born in 1962 in India. H.H. 16. Gyalwa Karmapa recognized him as the sixth reincarnation in the supreme Nedo Kulha Lineage. Until he was 18 years old he got his education and transmissions from and under H.H. the 16. Karmapa in Rumtek Monastery. Then he studied in Ladakh and after three years came back to Rumtek for a three-year retreat, where he practiced the tantras of Marpa’s tradition, the six yoga’s of Naropa and Mahamudra and other different transmissions.
Apart from H.H. the 16. Gyalwa Karmapa his main teachers were Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Riwa Saljay Rinpoche, Urgyen Tulku, Tsurpu Dupon Dechen Rinpoche and Boukar Rinpoche as his retreat master.
At the age of 25 the four lineage holders enthroned him as the Vajramaster of Rumtek monastery.
Today Nedo Rinpoche is the main Vajramaster of H.H. the 17. Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje.
Until today Nedo Rinpoche has the responsibility for Shamar Rinpoches monks as well as the full responsibility for all the activities of the Karma Kagyu lineage in Sikkim for H.H. the 17. Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje.
Nedo Rinpoche has one monastery in Sikkim and also in Kham (Tibet) with more than 150 lamas and monks which he takes care for together with Nedo Dechen Rinpoche.