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on December 12, 1999
It was this very book that a dear friend of mine found in a book used book store. Ken read Entering the Diamond Way and was so inspired that he wrote Lama Ole a letter. In the comming weeks Ken recieved 2 letters back from the Lama inviting him to come to the retreat that he would give in New Mexico later that year. It has been very exciting that the story line of this book has become the basis for a continued relationship with it's author. Ole and Hannah's spiritual quest at first took them to Nepal and to meet the Karmapa and with Karmapa's blessing has also taken them all around the world introducing westerners to an authentic Buddhist path. Ole has since been to my own city and there is now a thriving Buddhist center in La Crosse WI. I can also remark that after my own exciting journey with Ole and Hannah in the fall of 1999 through Russia, Siberia, Ukraine, and Poland, they have not lost the essence of what this exciting book portrays and still stick to the time proven grass roots methods, taking time for every single seeker who is fortunate enough to encounter Ole at one of his lectures around the world. This is a must read!
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on June 6, 1999
From the very beginning of the book, it was easy to identify myself with Lama Ole Nydahl, a great truth seeker and consequently a great master of Tibetan Buddhism. His fascinating travels together with his wife Hannah, starting in Nepal in the 60's, as well as their quest for the truth, led them to extensive personal encounters with great Lamas of Tibet. With their influence and after years of learning and practicing, he became a great master and an irreplaceable teacher of Tibetan Buddhism to thousands of westerners in countless countries. His monumental knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism is profoundly transforming and liberating, helping us to achieve a sense of enlightenment. One have a feeling that there really is such thing as art of happiness, and this is one of the best books a reader will ever find on the subject. His words are seeds sown from his heart into all readers of this unforgettable book.
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on July 7, 2003
In the sixties Ole and his wife Hannah embarked on an epic overland journey culminating in their meeting H.H. the 16th Karmapa in Nepal. This book tells the compelling story of Ole & Hannah's experiences in becoming students of H.H. and many other great Tibetan lamas. It reflects the exuberant and contagiously upflifting personality of Ole Nydahl. He is an indefatigable teacher and meditation master of great ability, who still travels the globe to broadly inspire Diamond Way Buddhism into anyone who attends his delightful courses and events. He has since founded some hundreds of Diamond Way centres around the world. I recommend anyone to read the book, or - even better - to meet him or his students in person at one of his many Diamond Way centres.
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on January 12, 2004
This book is amazing. Lama Ole's book is a very exciting story about his first meeting with the Eastern World and Tibetan Buddhism. His honest words and pure view makes this book a perfect teaching and his unique style and humour makes it so enjoyable. If you want to know more about Tibetan Buddhism and want to learn from a Real Yogi, don't hesitate, read this book.
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on September 2, 2000
Not only does the book give you a glimse of buddhism, there are retreat centers and contact details in the back; meeting lama ole in person is not a problem because he travels to every major european city and many cities within the U.S.
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on January 1, 2000
This book presents the experiences and transformations of Ole Nydhal, who first believed in psychedelic drugs and step by step advanced to become a buddhist master recognized by the 16. Karmapa. Good autobiographical reading. The author is austoundingly honest about all the strange things he did on his way.
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on December 1, 2008
a page turner, lovely to read a personal account of a European studying Buddhism with the Karmapa and Kalu Rinpoche in India, Nepal and Sikkim.

I enjoyed reading about places I have been too, spoken about in such realistic detail, and of Lama Ole's meditation practices... especially enjoyed reading about someone doing their prostrations...

I'm glad he wrote about such an interesting time in Buddhist history - and he has a really effortless to read writing style. I found it a very joyful experience to read :)
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on March 2, 2010
This is the best book for not only understanding Buddhism, but also seeing how Buddhism is lived in our daily lives. I highly recommend it. I have read it at least 7 times and each time it is fresh and new. Each time I gain more and more insights into Buddhism. I have given this book to countless numbers of friends. If I could only take only 3 books with me to a deserted island this book would be one of them.
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on July 16, 2008
i love this book. Ole Nydahl shows through his unconvential style buddhism can be for people in all walks of life. Really an inspiration. Thank you Ole
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on May 12, 2007
This is one of Lama Ole Nydahl's most captivating books, one of his best. It's a superb book about Diamond Way Buddhism. The Lama Ole you get in person, full and every time he teaches, is richly present in this book about his honeymoon in Nepal, his conversion, and SO much after that! He's a great teacher, a realised teacher. Kingdom politics have been played for centuries, perhaps especially in exile. Whatever the real meaning behind the ongoing controversy of two Black Karmapa 17 claimants, Lama Ole Nydahl's teaching is refined by truth tested, a legacy of buddhist teaching that affords faith in the truth, and the understanding attained from it. Entering the Diamond Way is rich and clear, and a beacon of hope.
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