Diamond Way Buddhism Australia


Diamond Way Buddhism Northern Rivers meets at 7.00pm on Wednesdays to share practical Buddhist teachings useful in every day life. There is a short talk related to Diamond Way Buddhist view or practice followed by meditation.

The centre is conveniently located in Alstonville, 30 minutes from Byron Bay and halfway between Lismore and Ballina.

Our Wednesday evenings are suited to those new to Buddhism and also more experienced practitioners. If coming for the first time, it is good to call ahead so we can ensure someone is available to welcome you and give you some useful introductory information.


Susan and Chris BixbyNorthern Rivers Lectures With Susan And Chris Bixby

Canadian couple and International Buddhist teachers Susan and Chris Bixby will be giving lectures in Northern Rivers. 

This is a series of talks in their Australian Tour visiting Diamond Way Buddhist centres and groups.

Susan and Chris Bixby met Lama Ole Nydahl in 1994 and soon after helped establish the Diamond Way Buddhist Centre in Calgary, Canada. In 2006, Lama Ole and his wife Hannah asked Susan and Chris to travel and teach Buddhism. Since then, they have taught Diamond Way Buddhism throughout the Americas and Europe. At Lama Ole’s request, they were invited to Australia in 2020, but the teaching tour was postponed until now. It is their first visit to Australia since they lived in Sydney in the 1970s.

Chris is a retired lawyer and Susan’s background is in education and art. They have been married for over 50 years and are now living happily in Victoria, British Colombia, close to their three married children and nine grandchildren.


Friday – 28th of October

7pm – Public Talk – “Buddhism in the Modern World”

Saturday – 29th of October

10am – Private Practice Meditation Session

Meet at 9:30 for coffee and cake

12pm – Lunch – Details to be discussed

1 – 3pm – Talk 1 – “Karma – Causality”

4 – 6pm – Talk 2 – “The Six Liberating Actions”

Dinner – Details to be discussed

Sunday – 30th of October

10am – Private Practice Meditation Session

Meet at 9:30 for coffee and cake

12 pm – Lunch – Details to be discussed

1 – 3pm – Talk 3 – “The Meaning of Sangha

* The pricing for the talks are $15 each or $50 for all four.

View Information and ticket can be purchased from this page:


Regular Schedule 

16th Karmapa Meditation
7 pm


Diamond Way House
5 Daley St
Alstonville 2477


Michael & Sandy Koenen
(02) 6628 7002
0414 621 975


Turn up roughly on time, and expect to meet a relaxed and friendly bunch of people who seem remarkably normal and un-holy. Diamond Way Buddhism is for regular people after all, and no formal meditation experience or Buddhist knowledge is required.

Each centre has its own timetable. A list of centres is shown at the top of this page. Please see the individual webpage of your local centre for their activities schedule.

There is usually a talk before the free guided meditation begins, given by members of the group keen to practice sharing their knowledge. The guided meditation runs for about 20 to 30 minutes. The presenter for the evening will outline the details of the meditation prior to commencing. Please check the centres schedule for their weekly program, the public evenings are free to attend.

No, newcomers are welcome to all of our meditations. The meditation is guided in English and the host of the meditation session can answer your questions.

You don’t need to bring anything along. Mats, cushions and chairs are all provided.

During the meditation, it is recommended to have a straight back and to be comfortable. You can meditate while seated on a cushion or a chair; after all, it’s your mind that gets enlightened, not your knees!!

There is no fee. If you attend regularly you’ll hear about how you can support the centre or become a financial member, but it is optional. Donations are always welcome to help cover regular centre costs.

Each centre has a bookshop containing Diamond Way Buddhist meditation booklets, books, DVDs and other Buddhist paraphernalia.

Centres are financed mainly through optional membership contributions. All surplus monies from courses and public lectures are used to fund Diamond Way Buddhist projects in Australia and around the world.

Just make an enquiry at your local Diamond Way Buddhist Centre.