Lama Ole Nydahl Australian Tour February 2017

Lama Ole Nydahl is one of the few Westerners fully qualified as a Buddhist teacher (Lama) and meditation master in the Tibetan Karma Kagyu Buddhist tradition.

In 1972, after completing three years of intensive meditation training, Lama Ole and his wife Hannah began teaching Vajrayana (Diamond Way) Buddhism in Europe at the request of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Buddhist Master Lama Ole Nydahl
“Mind is like space – open, clear and limitless ..." – Lama Ole Nydahl

He has since transmitted the blessing of the lineage in a powerful and contemporary way. He travels continuously teaching worldwide.

He has established around 700 Diamond Way Buddhist Centres that are now under the guidance of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje in 44 mainly Western countries.

Join him this Australian summer on the Gold Coast and Ballina for meditation and teaching retreats and in Melbourne for a public talk.

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Ballina 10 – 17 February

2017 Australian Mahamudra Retreat

with Lama Ole Nydahl

Join us for this unique opportunity; a seven night meditation retreat with Lama Ole Nydahl on Australia’s beautiful New South Wales North Coast.

Experience these precious teachings, meditate with experienced practitioners and enjoy a vibrant atmosphere in a setting of spectacular natural beauty.

About Mahamudra

Rangjung Dorje, 3rd Karmapa Lama
In the state of limitless freedom, everything is fearlessly enjoyed

Mahamudra means "The Great Seal" and is the crown jewel of Buddha’s teachings. When one rests at all times in a state of non-duality, the practitioner has reached the goal of experiencing mind’s natural state – Mahamudra.

This state, also called enlightenment, brings forth unconditioned fearlessness, joy and active compassion in the practitioner’s mind. One then acts spontaneously and effortlessly for the benefit of all.

About The Retreat

The seven-day retreat will commence at 6:00pm on Friday 10 February with dinner, followed by teachings and meditation at 8:00pm.

During this retreat, Lama Ole Nydahl will describe the progressive stages that lead to the Mahamudra state. He will guide new and experienced students in various Diamond Way Buddhist meditations, as transmitted to him by his teachers, primarily H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje – the head of Tibetan Buddhism’s Karma Kagyu School.

Lama Ole Nydahl with meditation partitioners


Ballina Beach Village on the NSW North Coast

The retreat will be held at the Ballina Beach Village on the NSW North Coast and will be exclusively ours to use.

The village is located between the Richmond River and a pristine beach. Recreational options include swimming, walking, and spotting dolphins who regularly visit the area.

The retreat is fully catered and includes three meals a day with vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options. Unfortunately, because of the exclusive use contract with the Village, there can be no self-catering option.


Comfortable accommodation options include:

  • 4-6 person cabins with bathrooms
  • 4-6 person cabins without bathrooms
  • Dormitory style tents with bedding
  • BYO tent camp-sites (no bedding supplied)

Onsite toilets and bathrooms (in excellent condition) are provided for cabins without toilets, supplied tents and BYO tent campers.

Accommodation at Ballina Beach Village

Linen is included in the charge for all cabins and dormitory style tents with bedding. Replacement linen and beach towels can be requested during the stay for a charge of $20 per bed or towel.


Amenities at Ballina Beach Village
  • Café on site with snacks, drinks, basic toiletries and supplies
  • Laundry on site (coin operated)
  • Safe available for valuables
  • Lovely beach and bush walks
  • Meditation garden and forest
  • Salt and freshwater swimming
  • Children's sandpit and playground
  • Bikes available

Child Care

Child care will be organised amongst participating families. If you would like to be part of this, please indicate this on your registration form.


Official transfers will only operate at these dates and times:

TO the course venue
Transfer Date From Departing Cost
Friday 10 February Ballina airport 16:30 $25
2nd Avenue 12:00 $45
Gold Coast airport 13:00 $45
FROM the course venue
Transfer Date To Departing Cost
Friday 17 February Ballina airport 10:30 $25
Gold Coast airport 12:00 $45

Time difference: Very importantly, the Gold Coast (Queensland) is one hour behind Ballina (New South Wales). The arrival time of your flights, as well as pickup times, are in local times, please ensure you calculate this when booking.

For those staying the whole time, we will need your help for the dissolving phase of the course, so please stay around. There are more flight options from the Gold Coast and the flights are generally cheaper. The bus from BBV will arrive at the Gold Coast around 1:00pm so allow for this when making your flight departure arrangements.

NOTE: For those going on to Melbourne, the public talk is not on until the following day.

Any transfers outside the official times can be made with local taxi If you are arriving at the Gold Coast outside of the official transfer time, try Byron Easy Bus.

Course and accommodation pricing

7 nights
(includes dinner Friday 10 February to breakfast Friday 17 February)
Cabin with bathroom $1,260 $90 $470
Supplied tent with bed $1,020 $90 $470
BYO tent $850 $90 $470
Concession discount - cabins -$100 - -
Concession discount - tent -$70 - -
pay per night
(price for 1 night including 3 meals)
Cabin with bathroom - - -
Supplied tent with bed $160 $15 $60
BYO tent $130 $15 $60
Concession discount -$10 - -

* under 2 yrs free

Important: Cabin accommodation is limited. Preference for cabin accommodation will be given to those staying for the entire course. When cabin beds are full, dormitory style tents with bedding will be allocated. There is no limit for tent accommodation.

Note: Allocation of accommodation will be on a first come first served basis. While every effort will be made to satisfy your request, if your preference is not available you will be notified and allocated an alternative option and any price differential will be refunded on arrival.

Campers may wonder why the cost of bringing your own tent is seemingly high compared to rates for cabins and supplied 6 person tents. The reason is that most of our costs are associated with infrastructure and food, not accommodation. There is, however, plenty of land on which to camp and it is a very nice place to hide away and gain some privacy.

Melbourne 18 February

Discover minds potential through Buddhist Meditation

Public Talk with Lama Ole Nydahl

7:30pm, tickets: $20 / $15 concessions
St Kilda Town Hall
99 Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Friends from around the world are invited to join us for Lama Ole’s first visit to Melbourne in over 4 years. Lama Ole will be in Melbourne from Friday 17 February until Tuesday 21 February.

The program will include Lama Ole delivering a public lecture "Timeless Methods to Explore Your Mind's Limitless Potential” on Saturday 18 February at 19.30 hours at the St Kilda Town hall (99 Carlisle Street, St Kilda).

There will also be a Centre blessing of the Albert Park Diamond Way Buddhist Centre at 163 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park. We will let you know the time and date as soon as it is confirmed.

Additionally, we are organising a screening of the movie “Hannah” on Sunday 19 February. The location of the cinema is yet to be confirmed.


Important: The accommodation package described below is no longer available. Please make your own arrangements.

We have arranged for a deal with the Novotel Hotel in St Kilda. The cost of $450.00 per traveller includes accommodation for the 4 nights, transport to and from the Airport if you arrive with the recommended flights (or close to their arrival/departure time) and the lecture price. Food, drinks and other costs are not included.

Accommodation for International Travellers will be facilitated at the beautiful Novotel in St Kilda. All rooms are double rooms and are 5 minutes walk from the beach, 1 minute walk to the tram and about 20 minute walk to the Public lecture. The charge includes internet and a pool/ gym facilities are available. Payment is based on occupation of 2 people per room.


Registration closes on 24 January 2017

There will be a meditation retreat for the Australian and New Zealand sangha prior to the Mahamudra course in Ballina. A separate registration will be available shortly and details will be sent to all members and centres. The dates of the retreat are Tuesday 7 February to Friday 10 February.

You will be assumed to share a bed with your partner unless otherwise stated in special conditions!

if we are unable to give you your first choice, we will contact you and refund any money upon arrival
Please restrict requests to known allergies that will cause health problems. We will do our best to cater to these needs.
(e.g. who you would like to share a room with, share bed, wheel chair access, other special needs)

Your total cost is: $0

When you click submit, your registration will be processed and you will receive a welcome letter confirming all details. Please note that the allocation of your requested accommodation will only be made once full payment, or your deposit of $420 per adult, has been received via direct deposit to:

Account name: Buddhism Diamond Way Northern Rivers
BSB: 062 657
Account number:   1008 7570

Important: Please enter your NAME ONLY in the direct deposit description field so that we can match your payment to your registration.

Credit card payments: There is the option to pay via credit card. Doing so will attract a surcharge of 1.9% to cover bank fees. The email you receive following completion of your registration will detail how to pay.

Click Submit Regristration Form to complete and Pay Via Credit Credit - No Payment = No Registration. When you click submit, your registration will be processed and you will receive a welcome letter confirming all details. Check all details are accurate.

International Travellers: for any questions regarding the tour, please contact Kat Kahler (

Australians and New Zealanders, please contact

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