THE best-known Buddhist teacher in the Western world, Lama Ole Nydahl, of Denmark, is preparing to share some of his wisdom with people on the North Coast.
His three-day visit to Lennox Head will be his only regional stop during his Australian tour in March.
Lama Ole will give a public talk, titled Unlimited Happiness: Methods for Everyday Life, at the Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre on March 5.
He will also host a meditation retreat at the centre on March 6 and 7.
According to figures from the latest Census, Buddhism is one of the fastest-growing religions in Australia.
It’s a trend which doesn’t surprise Lama Ole.
“Heaven and hell are happening between one’s ears and one does not have to die to reach a state of true happiness,” he said.
“No matter how beautiful cars, houses or landscapes may be, they will never deliver the happiness we all seek.
“Every attempt to attain happiness through these things will fail because they don’t last and the only thing which can ever become happy is mind.
“But if our mind is in better shape, our partner will be more attractive, the car will feel smoother in the gears, and we’ll be more able to appreciate how good we’ve got it.
“The radiance of mind itself is much richer than the joy most of us strive for that is conditional upon our situation in life.”
Lama Ole and his late wife, Hannah, were the first Western students of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, the spiritual leader of the main form of Tibetan Buddhism.
They met the Karmapa while on their honeymoon in Nepal in 1968.
Since then, the couple founded more than 600 Diamond Way Buddhist meditation centres across the world, including one at Alstonville.
During his Australian visit, Lama Ole will also hold public lectures in Melbourne and Sydney.