The Glentui retreat land is part of an international non-profit network of over 700 lay meditation centres within the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The centres were founded by Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah Nydahl according to the wish of H.H. the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. They are today under the H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje.
The importance of the project is in fostering national and international cooperation, to increase our friendship and keep us growing and maturing as people and Buddhist practitioners. The project aims to use the Glentui land as a common retreat place for New Zealand and Australian Diamond Way Buddhists as well as for international visitors.
The Glentui retreat land in the foothills of the Southern Alps one hour northwest of Christchurch is New Zealand’s national meditation retreat space. The land is owned by the Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation and maintained by the Christchurch Diamond Way Buddhist Centre and the international Glentui Working Group.
The Glentui Gompa project is an initiative of the New Zealand Diamond Way Trust that is building a meeting hall for international and national meditation courses as well as for group meditation retreats. We have completed the structure of the 140 square metre hall and are now working on the interior to be ready for its inauguration with Lama Ole Nydahl in February 2017.