Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Diamond Way Buddhist Club on Campus, by Ellen Barrett

UW-La Crosse has 195 listed student organizations. This does not include the many groups on campus not sponsored by the school. One of the less widely known groups on campus is the Diamond Way Buddhist Club.
The Diamond Way Buddhist Club provides a welcoming environment for people to explore authentic Buddhist meditations and teachings, as described on the organization’s web page,
UW-La Crosse is not affiliated with any one religion or organization. It is UW-L’s goal to provide students with the opportunity to learn, discuss, and participate in a variety of areas  to become well rounded individuals. Religious groups on campus are no more supported by the school than a fraternity, rec. sport, or an academic group. Student run organizations are created to be used or unused at their discretion.
Diamond Way Buddhism is but one branch of Buddhism. Buddhism, as a whole, was founded by Siddhartha Guatama, commonly known as Buddha. At the young age of 35 Buddha achieved a state of happiness and enlightenment. Buddha then traveled the world to teach others how to achieve lasting happiness. To learn more about Buddhism, visit
Diamond Way Buddhism is focused on meditations directed by a qualified teacher. It is the belief that such meditations “can bring about the full and direct experience of the nature of mind. Mind in its essence is understood in Vajrayana Buddhism to be limitless like space, open, fearless, and joyful.” All the Diamond Way teachings are translated into Western languages to avoid cultural barriers. 
New comers are welcome to join the student organization online at Meditations are held on campus at 7 pm every Monday at Cartwright Center room 259. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Participants are also welcome to attend public meditation at the Diamond Way Center in La Crosse. Sessions begin at 7 pm on Thursday at the corner of Main Street and 5th Street.