Buddhist Center Heggedal
Buddhist Center Heggedal preserves the living transmission of Diamond Way Buddhism, and is a meeting point for Diamond Way groups from Northern Europe and the whole world. Meditation courses, meetings, workshops and many other means of communication happen at the site. It is a place where Buddhist practice deepens, where friendships grow and where the transmission of Buddhist teachings of the Karma Kagyu lineage is ensured through family-like closeness. We were looking for such a place for many years. We sought a location where we could host our high teachers, give a home to our worldwide Buddhist friends and hold international seminars and courses. All our wishes came true in 2012 when we first saw “Grobu” the great house in Heggedal. We had finally found Buddhist Center Heggedal.
Buddhism was founded by the Indian prince Siddhartha Gautama, who, at the age of 35, reached a state of lasting, limitless happiness – enlightenment. During 45 years of constant traveling, he encountered different kinds of people and gave general and specific advice for all life’s situations. By using suitable meditations, our intellectual knowledge turns into direct experience; additional methods secure attained levels of consciousness. The goal of Buddha’s teachings is the full development of body, speech and mind. Diamond Way Buddhism belongs to the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. Because of its practical approach closely related to everyday life, it is the most widespread form of Buddhism outside of the traditional Buddhist countries.
Buddhist Center Heggedal is located just 30 minutes south of Oslo on the western side of the Oslo fjord. The house faces onto our own faboulous forrest Grodalen. The nearest town is Heggedal approximately 1.5 kilometers away. The houses were built between 1968 and 1985 by the architect Kristian Stokker, who lived there with his family until we bought the place in 2013. The garden is 1 acre and is flourishing with fruit trees, berries, jasmine trees as well as good old norwegian pine forrest. The family consisted of hard working, loving people, among them a carpenter and an architect, and they kept the buildings in very good shape over the years. The walls are filled with warm humanity. The name of the place, “Grobu”, literaly means “The House of Growth”.
Buddhists from the 600+ Diamond Way Buddhist centers and groups throughout the world, which are built on an international network of idealism and friendship, are the real owners of Buddhist Center Heggedal. However, the legal owner of the site is the Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation, formed in 1999. The goal of the Foundation is to make millennium-old Buddhist wisdom accessible to modern people in the West. The lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism to which we belong, is H.H. 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje. Buddhist Centre Heggedal was established as an expression of our deepest devotion to Lama Ole Nydahl.
After having found the place in September 2012, a few inspired practitioners collected and sold what they had and bought the house 11 months later in 2013. This great project inspired many Buddhist practitioners around the world to become part of this unique project. Whoever wants to support the project’s running and development today is welcome to join the many helpful friends who through their financial support makes the day-to-day maintenance and operations of Buddhist Center Heggedal possible. Want to donate? Use the account nr: 9490.05.73906. For more details see Donations.
The international network is created by various programs: daily meditation, basic and advanced Buddhist lectures, center and teachers meetings, weekend courses, restoration and building activities, workshops, exhibitions and parties. As in all Diamond Way Centers everybody’s work and contributions are voluntary and based on individual surplus.