Diamond Way Retreat Center Project:

The Heartland Retreat Center

The Heartland Retreat Center is an inspiring place of natural beauty where Diamond Way practitioners meet to deepen their Buddhist meditation practice. The center hosts meditation courses, personal retreats, and gatherings of friends.

Through these activities, the Heartland Retreat Center preserves the authentic teachings and practices of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

The center is part of an international non-profit network of over 600 lay meditation centers within the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The centers were founded by Lama Ole Nydahl according to the wish of H.H. 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. They are today under the spiritual authority of H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje.

The retreat center also serves as a focal point for Diamond Way activity in the midwest. Practioners from Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis and more travel for regular retreats and courses. Yearly national retreats attract Buddhists from around the world, including Eastern and Western Europe, Australia, Central and South America.

The Heartland Retreat Center is owned by the Buddhist Foundation Diamond Way. For more about the center, see the statement of purpose and activity.

For more information, please email hrc@diamondway.org.


H.H. 16th Karmapa
Rangjung Rigpe Dorje


H.H. 17th Karmapa
Trinlay Thaye Dorje


Lama Ole Nydahl &
Hannah Nydahl