Lama Ole Nydahl is one of the few Westerners fully qualified as a lama and meditation teacher in the Karma Kagyu Buddhist tradition. In 1972, after completing three years of intensive meditation training, Lama Ole began teaching Buddhism in Europe at the request of H. H. the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. He has since transmitted the blessing of the lineage in a powerful and contemporary way, traveling and teaching worldwide almost continuously. He has established over 450 Diamond Way Buddhist centres in the Western world. It is especially noteworthy that he has taught over 50,000 students the Buddhist practice where one trains to die consciously for the moment of death called Phowa. Lama Ole is now under the spiritual guidance of the H. H. the17th Karmapa, Thaye Dorje.