If you're looking for a setting with an intimate yet social feel, this temple combines a Western focus with the Tibetan tradition of Karma Kagyu, emphasizing oral transmission and meditation. A simple altar sits between two windows in an intimate space with white walls and light wood accents, creating a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Tibetan scrolls and artwork adorn the walls, and practitioners meditate on the floor. Newcomers are always welcome; meditation services begin with instruction, followed by a 30-minute guided meditation. Socialization follows, with talk, questions and refreshments.
The center also boasts a library and dharma shop with a selection of books, videos, CDs and pamphlets. Lama Ole Nydahl, a Westerner himself, and his wife, Hannah, can be found teaching at the center, as well as traveling across Europe to share their concepts of Buddhism.
Centerstage Reviewer: Genevra Gallo