Mind is like space - open clear and limitless.
– Lama Ole Nydahl


About Lama Ole Nydahl

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

In 1972, after completing three years of intensive meditation training in the Himalayas, 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 and has established over 700 Diamond Way Buddhist Centres that are now under the guidance of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje.

More about Diamond Way Buddhism

More about Lama Ole Nydahl

Christchurch 17 March

Please join us for a public lecture with a guest travel teacher in central Christchurch. The evening will begin at 6:30 pm and include a talk, followed by questions and a guided Diamond Way Buddhist meditation. Tickets cost $15 per person and you can either register in advance or pay at the door. The venue will be shared once confirmed.

The Christchurch Diamond Way Buddhist Centre will be open throughout the day if you would like to drop by to see the Centre and meditate. We will also have a barbeque lunch around 1pm. No need to register, just swing by!


Christchurch Diamond Way Buddhist Centre
220 England St, Linwood, 8011

Lecture venue: to be confirmed.


Please note that you will need to make your own accommodation, transport and meal arrangements for this day.

Mahamudra Course with Lama Ole Nydahl 18 - 22 March

Join us on New Zealand’s South Island in the Kiwi summer for a memorable 5-day course in a very intimate and cozy and setting with Lama Ole Nydahl and friends from around the world!

The program will start with a day of travel teacher sessions and meditation. This will be followed by a 4-day Mahamudra course with Lama Ole.

During this course, Lama Ole will describe the progressive stages that lead to the Mahamudra state of mind. 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.

The Glentui gompa has been an inspiring project which has kept the New Zealand sangha busy for the past few years. In 2018, we held our first course with Lama Ole in the new gompa. Since then, the local sangha with the support of friends has been working to complete the final parts of the project, including the floor, entrance, toilet block and surrounding earthworks. You will see our beautiful finished gompa!

This will be a wonderful course, and we look forward to sharing it with you!

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.


Date Time Activity
Wednesday, 18 March 3 PM Travel Teachers and meditation
Thursday, 19 March 3 PM Mahamudra course with Lama Ole*
Friday, 20 March 3 PM Mahamudra course with Lama Ole*
Saturday, 21 March 3 PM Mahamudra course with Lama Ole*
Sunday, 22 March AM Mahamudra course with Lama Ole*

Please note that the program is subject to change.

*Travel teacher lectures and meditation sessions will also be part of the day program.

Cost (NZD)

Whole 5-day course $475
Price per person per day Wednesday: $75
Thursday - Sunday: $108
Children (3-11) - price per day $35
Youth (12-15) – price per day $55
Transport to and from Glentui $20 per person each way


Glentui Retreat Centre is a beautiful place at the foothills of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, less than an hours’ drive from our Christchurch Diamond Way centre. It is located at 199 Glentui Bush Rd, Glentui, 7495.



This year, the course will be camping only. As conditions can be rather rough, we strongly recommend that you bring a durable, low-lying tent. Camping at Glentui is free - but you’ll need to bring your own tent!


We have a very limited number of spaces for campervans which we have reserved for families. Please indicate that you would like to bring a campervan when you register. We suggest you wait until you have received confirmation that you have a place at the course and campervan parking spot before you book your campervan.

Staying Offsite

If you choose to stay off site, you will need to arrange your own accommodation as well as transport to and from your accommodation each day. Details on parking can be found below.

Below a few suggestions of places to stay nearby.

Oxford Village Motel
Ashley Gorge Holiday Park
Riverstone Motel Rangiora


We have arranged transport to take you to and from Glentui. Buses will depart from the Christchurch Diamond Way Buddhist Centre at 220 England St, Linwood or Christchurch Airport.

The bus schedule is listed below.

Christchurch to Glentui:
  • Wednesday, 18 March: 11:00 am Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 11:30 am Christchurch Airport.
  • Wednesday, 18 March: 1:30 pm Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 2:00 pm Christchurch Airport.
  • Thursday, 19 March: 10:00 am Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 10:30 am Christchurch Airport.
  • Thursday, 19 March: 12:30 pm Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 1:00 pm Christchurch Airport.
Glentui to Christchurch:
  • Sunday, 22 March: 2:00 pm Glentui Retreat Centre (arrives at Christchurch airport at 3:00 pm and the Christchurch Buddhist Centre at 3:30 pm)
  • Sunday, 22 March: 4:00 pm Glentui Retreat Centre (arrives at Christchurch airport at 5:00 pm and the Christchurch Buddhist Centre at 5:30 pm)

Once you have received confirmation that you have place at the course, please book your flights around these times. Glentui is 1-hour from Christchurch and there is no public transport service.


We have very limited parking onsite which is reserved for the team cars. If you are hiring a car or bringing your own, please park in the designated parking area offsite.


The course price includes breakfast, lunch and dinner that will be prepared on site by our kitchen team. There will also be a cafe and all of the profits will go to the Glentui Sangha House Project.

What to bring

Conditions at Glentui can be rough and it’s hard to predict what the weather will be like. Expect anything from gale force winds and heavy rain to boiling hot days. Pack clothes for warm, cold, and wet weather. We also have very kiwi sandflies at Glentui that bite like crazy, so please bring insect repellent. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!


You are welcome to bring your children to the course, however childcare will not be provided. There will a small designated area for families outside of the gompa where parents should be able to listen to the lectures.

Lama in the Heart Tour 23 - 29 March


Date Time Activity
Monday, 23 March AM Bus from Glentui Retreat Centre to Motueka, Tasman
Tuesday, 24 March AM Meditation, travel teachers, and beach swims
PM Tasman public lecture with a travel teacher
Wednesday, 25 March AM Bus and ferry from Motueka to Wellington
Thursday, 26 March AM Meditation, travel teachers, and exploring Wellington
PM Wellington public lecture with a travel teacher
Friday, 27 March AM Train from Wellington to Auckland
Saturday, 28 March AM Meditation, travel teachers, and exploring Auckland
PM Auckland public lecture with a travel teacher
Sunday, 29 March AM Meditation, travel teachers, and exploring Auckland
PM Tour finishes in Auckland

Cost (NZD)

Whole tour, including accommodation, main transport, and talks. $650 per person

Cost excludes meals and local transport costs. Please budget $30-$50 per day extra for this. All accommodation is located close to grocery stores, café and restaurants. You may also need additional money to get from the main transport hubs to the accommodation and other venues, but most should be within walking distance. We suggest up to $20 per day for this.


Accommodation will be a mixture of motels and hostels. Details of accommodation will be provided closer to the date.


We have chartered a bus to take you from Glentui Retreat Centre to Motueka at the top of the South Island and then on to Picton. From Picton, we will take a ferry across the Cook Strait to Wellington in the North Island. Finally, we will take the Northern Explorer scenic train from Wellington to Auckland, passing through Tongariro National Park and alongside three volcanic mountains.

You may need to take additional public transport (trains, taxis or Ubers) to get from the main train stations to and from your accommodation, meditation and lecture venues in Wellington and Auckland.


Food will not be provided on the tour, but accommodation is located close to grocery stores, café and restaurants.


We are delighted that you would like to join us in New Zealand for a very special time with Lama Ole Nydahl at Glentui Retreat Centre and a tour with the Lama in our hearts.

Spaces for the Mahamudra Course and Lama in the Heart Tour are very limited. Nevertheless, this will be the largest course we have held at Glentui in its 19 year history!

Please follow the expression of interest process below. You will receive an email confirming that we have received your expression interest and then a second email from the team email confirming whether you have a confirmed place at the course.

Note that the Lama in the Heart Tour is currently full. However, some friends will be joining the Tour by their own means, so it is still possible to connect with them through the Facebook and WhatsApp groups and come along for the ride!

We strongly suggest that you do not purchase your flight tickets until you have received confirmation that you have a place at the course and on the tour.

Entering your partner's name will result in the pricing for two people. If your course options, travel dates are different, please register separately.
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Please note there are a limited number of campervan spaces which have been reserved for parents coming with children. We suggest parents wait until they have received confirmation they have secured one of the spaces before hiring their campervan.
Please restrict requests to known allergies that will cause health problems. We will do our best to cater to these needs.

The Tour is currently full, please tick the box if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.

Your total tour cost is: $0

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