DIAMOND WAY: UNESCO prize awarded to Lama Ole Nydahl


On Friday June 13, 2015, Buddhist teacher Lama Ole Nydahl has received the UNESCO award for Dialogue, Coexistence and Peace in Malaga (Spain)


Lama Ole Nydahl received the award from the UNESCO Association for Intercultural and Inter-religious Dialogue.


The award was granted to him and his late wife Hannah Nydahl for their contribution towards freedom of speech, compassion and the development of peace and goodness.

As another award winner, the UNESCO also honoured Pope Francis I.

During the ceremony at the Palacio de Congresos in Malaga, president Lorenzo Rodriguez de la Peña emphasised the unique role of Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah, who had died in 2007, in the promotion of universal values and human freedoms and their support for people’s inner peace and prosperity.


Lama Ole Nydahl has been teaching Buddhism since 1972. Up to this day, the 74 year old Nydahl travels the world twice a year in order to give lectures and meditation classes. In 1969, on their honeymoon trip to Nepal, he and his wife met the 16th Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Three years later, the Karmapa sent them back to Europe to teach Buddhism and start meditation centers.


In 2012, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje honored Lama Ole Nydahl for his lifetime achievements spreading Diamond Way Buddhism in the Western world. The Diamond Way can be closely integrated into modern daily life. It teaches that through appropriate meditation practice everyone can finally become a Buddha, an “awakened one”.

The UNESCO Association for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue in Malaga  was founded in 2006 and is one of the associations of UNESCO in Spain. Its members are representatives of all major world religions and various cultural organizations.

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