New Year’s Course with Lama Ole Nydahl and Jigme Rinpoche

Bratislava/Slovakia, 27–31 December 2018

We’re happy to invite you to the New Year’s Course with Lama Jigme Rinpoche and Lama Ole Nydahl in Bratislava!

We are looking forward to seeing friends from all around the world and this way we can also support and celebrate together the starting of the great new Bratislava Diamond Way Buddhist Center (which is still under reconstruction at the moment). By this milestone, in December 2018 we also commemorate the 20th anniversary of the official beginning of Diamond Way Buddhism in Slovakia.

Let’s put it together!


The program starts on Thursday, 27 December 2018 and ends on New Year’s Eve, Monday, 31 December 2018. It will consist of an empowerment on the 2nd Karmapa - Karma Pakshi and teachings about the Karma Kagyu lineage by Lama Jigme Rinpoche, lectures, questions & answers from Lama Ole Nydahl and explanations on the basics of Buddhism and meditation practices with traveling teachers.

We will enter the New Year together with the Bodhisattva Promise given by Lama Ole and the New Year’s party.

  • Lecture by Lama Jigme Rinpoche on the topic of the Karma Kagyu Lineage
  • Empowerment by Lama Jigme Rinpoche on the 2nd Karmapa - Karma Pakshi
  • Panel with traveling teachers
  • Common meditation
  • Lecture by Lama Ole Nydahl
  • Common meditation
  • Explanations on Foundational Practices (Ngöndro)/basic topics about Buddhism with traveling teachers
  • Lecture by Lama Ole Nydahl
  • Common meditation
  • Explanations on Foundational Practices (Ngöndro)/basic topics about Buddhism with traveling teachers
  • Lecture by Lama Ole Nydahl
  • New Year’s letter from Lama Ole Nydahl and Bodhisattva Promise, followed by the New Year's Party


All lectures will be held in English with translation to Slovak and other languages. Please bring your own FM radio receiver for translation to other languages.


Lama Jigme Rinpoche

Lama Jigme Rinpoche
Lama Jigme Rinpoche

Lama Jigme Rinpoche was born in 1949 in Eastern Tibet into the family of H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. He received extensive teachings and empowerments from the 16th Karmapa, who during his first visit in the West left him there as his European representative, saying: “In the person of Lama Jigme Rinpoche, I leave you my heart.” Today Jigme Rinpoche acts as the representative of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, in Europe

Lama Ole Nydahl

Lama Ole Nydahl
Lama Ole Nydahl

Lama Ole Nydahl was born in 1941 in Copenhagen. During his stay in the Himalayas with his wife Hannah, they became the first Western students of the 16th Karmapa and received Buddhist teachings and empowerments from many important masters. Ole Nydahl is a fully qualified lama and meditation master of the Diamond Way Buddhism. His modern approach inspired a growing interest in Buddhism and meditation in the West.


  Price Discount
First day of the program, 27/12 20 € 13 €
Day ticket 25 € 15 €
The whole course 120 € 73 €
New Year’s party 10 € 5 €
Sleeping in the sleeping hall / night 5 €

The discount applies for:

For children 0 – 15 years old, the course is free of charge.


Meals are not included. There will be several food stands around the lecture hall.


There is no registration in advance. Just come and buy your ticket at the course location. You can pay by cash or credit card. 

Supporting the new Bratislava Diamond Way Buddhist Center

You will have the opportunity to support the new Bratislava Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 

Donations will be used for purchasing the land around the building and for helping us to pay off outstanding loans for the reconstruction.

There will be an option to donate using a payment card soon.

Further information can be found at Bratislava Diamond Way Buddhist Center.

Thank you!

Notice: Due to the approval procedures shortly after finishing of the reconstruction, the center will not be open for the public during the New Year's course. Thank you for your understanding.


Hant Arena (the sport hall „Pasienky“)
Trnavská cesta 29

Navigation map

How to get to Bratislava:

In case you are arriving from Vienna's airport, you may use the bus connection to Bratislava (the buses go every 30 to 60 minutes):

Information about parking, transportation and taxi in Bratislava you can find in the Information Guide.


Accommodation in the lecture hall or in the Buddhist Center, is not possible. 

The Sleeping Hall

From 27th of December until 1st of January there will be a big hall available for sleeping. The address of the hall is:

TJ Slávia Právnik (the tennis hall by the lake "Draždiak"; see on the map above)
Tematínska 5
851 05 Bratislava 5

Please bring your own mat and sleeping bag.


You can also book some of the many hotels and hostels in Bratislava:


Low budget hostels with low standard:


General information


You can’t park directly in front of the lecture hall, but you can park in any street around, unless its prohibited by a sign board or there is a cross on the ground. More information about the parking and about the recommended parking places you can find in the Information Guide.

Information guide (PDF, 1.17 MB)

You can find basic information about the course, as well as parking, transportation and food options here.


There will be a designated area for children, although parents will need to take care of their children as babysitting service is not provided.


Slovakia is a member of the European Union and the Schengen area. If you are travelling from outside this area, please check the following website whether you require a visa to enter the Schengen area:


You can contact us via e-mail: