Buddhism Prague

About Center

The goal of the centre is to give the people who are interested in their personal development a chance to meet the Diamond Way Buddhism. The centre has two meditation and lecture halls (see the programme of the centre), social area, library and a shop. It is a part of a worldwide network of Diamond Way Buddhist centres of the Karma Kagyu lineage that are based on friendship and idealism. The centres are independent and apolitical, they are developed by their members. We take part in the activities connected with Buddhism in our free time, we don’t become monks or nuns nor give up work nor family.

Buddhism in Prague

Buddhism has been present in Prague for more than 20 years. The current centre was opened in 2014.


2014

Inauguration of the meditation hall

Inauguration of the meditation hall

Lama Sherab Gyaltsen rinpoche and lama Ole Nydahl are inaugurating the new meditation hall (tib. gompa) in the presence of hundreds of friends from all over the world. We wish that thousands of beings may reach enlightenment at this very place.

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The new centre is opened to the public

The new centre is opened to the public

The centre at Na Maninách street is now opened to everyone interested in the Buddhist methods. Everybody can get basic information how to work with the mind. Public meditations take place every day at 20.00, public lectures are held every second monday.


2013

Building up the centre at Maniny

Building up the centre at Maniny

Lama Ole Nydahl is visiting the place where the new Buddhist centre is being constructed. A meditation and lecture hall for 250 people (with windows opened to the street) as well as a social area, library and a storage for the publishing house White Umbrella is being built.


2012

We are buying a former factory

We are buying a former factory

We are moving out from a rented place, buying a former factory in Na Maninách street in Holešovice and starting the reconstruction. The new Buddhist centre is going to be the biggest one in the Czech republic with the total area of 2000m2. People living in Prague will soon get an opportunity to meet Buddhism at a representative place.


2008

Moving to Žižkov

Moving to Žižkov

We are moving to the last rented place in Vlkova street at Žižkov. We all know that it happened for the last time – the whole activity of the centre is focused towards buying our own place that would give people in Prague an opportunity to meet the Buddha’s teaching. The interest in Buddhism grows.


2007

King of the Tibetan Buddhism

King of the Tibetan Buddhism

The king of the Tibetan Buddhism arrives in Prague for the second time as the Czech media report. 2600 people come to the T-Mobile arena to receive an empowerment on the 2nd Karmapa. Karmapa was a host of the mayor of Prague at the Town Hall at the Old Town’s Square and he also gave an interview to the Týden magazine.


The foundation of the religious association

The foundation of the religious association

The ministry of culture registers the Diamond Way Buddhism as the first Buddhist religious association in the country. We are glad that we have gone through the thorough checking process of the ministry, because our work now has the needed official frame.


2006

Sherab Gyaltsen rinpoche

Sherab Gyaltsen rinpoche

Lama Sherab Gyaltsen rinpoche comes to Prague for the first time. Rinpoche will later build the first Buddhist stupa in Těnovice near Pilsen. This time he gives the empowerment on the Diamond Mind in union and teachings on cause and effect.


2004

The 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje

The 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje

The 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje visits Prague for the first time during his tour through Europe. 2000 people come to Průmyslový palác at Výstaviště to meet the head of the Karma Kagyu school.


2003

The kindergarten in Hradešínská

The kindergarten in Hradešínská

For the first time we are thinking about getting our own place for meditation. However, the result of the search is again a rented place. It is a former kindergarten that we will reconstruct ourselves. We get a a long term rental contract in exchange and a low rent. A public lecture takes place every Monday, we are welcoming new people.


1997

The beginnings in Michalská street

The beginnings in Michalská street

The meditation centre moves to Michalská street in 1997. We stay at the house “Iron gate“ until 2000. Lama Ole visits Prague regularly and other teachers from Poland and other countries are invited as well.


1995

Diamond Way Association

Diamond Way Association

Shortly after the first meditation centre appeared, Diamond Way Association is founded. It will cover the activities of all Czech centers including the Prague centre in the next 12 years.


1994

The meditation centre in Prague

The meditation centre in Prague

The first public lecture after the fall of the iron curtain by lama Ole Nydahl took place already in 1990 based on the invitation of Saša Neumann. However, the first meditation centre was founded four years later after a lecture in the municipal library. The first meditation texts and books are translated into Czech shortly afterwards.


70. léta

Lama Ole Nydahl in Prague for the first time

Lama Ole Nydahl in Prague for the first time

Lama Ole Nydahl visited Prague for the first time in the seventies. Being closely watched by the secret police, he taught in a private flat in Franz Kafka’s house of birth near the Old Town’s Square. There he met Saša Neumann, the future advisor of the prezident Václav Havel.