Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Diamond Way Cult

The Diamond Way Cult #1 [by'Emma C'] I am a former member, and during my time inside the group (about 2 years), i experienced sexual abuse, extreme pressure to donate money people didn't have, and guilt if it was not donated, or if the sexual abuse was reported. If it was reported to anyone else in the group, it was dismissed, and said to be the abused's fault for not accepting it. Their leader, Ole Nydahl, calls himself 'Lama Ole', despite having never completed the 3-year retreat needed to qualify for the title of Lama. He has sexually abused his followers, and an affair with one of the group's members, despite being married to his (now dead) wife, Hannah. I don't doubt he had other affairs that were better covered-up. All members are encouraged to be either celibate or monogamous. Typical cult 'do as I say, not as I do' and 'one rule for the leader, another for everyone else'. Ole Nydahl is now well-known in Buddhist circles for being a fraud and regarded as dangerous. Members are not allowed to read books by anyone other than their leader, Ole Nydahl, and any books found being read by anyone else will be banned from the centres. There is a huge uclt of personality around Ole Nydahl, and he is surrounded by a large number of groupies who prevent any embarrassing questions being asked. Ex-members who admit to the group about leaving are harassed and pressured to re-join the group. Members of the organisation are urged to edit Wikipedia and similar websites in order to provide a one-sided favourable view on the internet of their organisation and leader. Members are also encouraged to get media attention to spread similar messages. All this before even getting onto the reasons why what they teach is not authentic Buddhism!! #2 [by Roahn Wynar] Diamond Way Buddhism is the western version of the Black Hat Tibetan Buddhist tradition and yet another meditation cult. Tibetan Buddhism in general has many serious pseudoscientific gimmicks that make the religion very exciting to Americans. If you talk with this group they will steadfastly claim that they are not a cult, they are a part of a “major world religion.” They will also tell you that during meditation that they can see themselves from above, predict incoming telephone calls and in one wonderful case, become invisible. As always, we are willing to test any one of these claims under circumstances where lying and cheating are not possible. The premiere Western promoter of Diamond Way is Lama Ole Nydahl. Lama Nydahl is from Denmark and tours Europe and America giving interesting lectures on the nature of Tibetan Buddhism and the difference between dogmatic and experiential religion. He also claims that he was, in a past life, a soldier. Nydahl is the point man for making Tibetan Buddhism palatable to western minds. Diamond Way is run by the 17th Karmpa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, who is a “lineage holder.” This means he is the reincarnation of a specific known individual, usually a great spiritual teacher. In Rangjung’s case he is the reincarnation of another man who’s title begins with the number “16.” When number 16 was on his deathbed, he used his “yogic power” to absorb diseases from those within his “powerfield.” This powerfield made various electronic devices used for life support turn on and off. Yes, number 17 has a powerfield that can suck up a nearby disease and manipulate the functionality of electrical equipment, too. It took centuries of Tibetan Buddhism Number 17’s specific claim of being the reincarnated soul of number 16 is highly questionable and qualifies as pseudoscientific. In fact, many Buddhist lineage holders have two people claiming to be the reincarnated soul of somebody. The general excuse is that there are the “exiled” Buddhists and the “collaborators” who are cronies of the communists. While this may be true, Diamond Way gives us no way of distinguishing the legitimacy of their particular claimant. How do we know that the great teacher did not decide to return back in his homeland and help the people suffering under communism? Sounds like a good idea to us. We met Nydahl and were impressed by his charm and presence. This is the most important element of creating a cult - deep personal charisma. It is interesting how inconsistent Americans can be. While searching for philosophies that are not as dogmatic and ritualistic as Western religion, they look East. But then, of all the eastern religions they choose the one that has no fewer than 362 scriptural books containing well over 84,000 separate teachings. Buried somewhere deep in these texts are the notions of the siddis. Siddis are superpowers that will come to you during your relentless practice of meditation. These powers include levitation and astral projection. Not one person alive in the world today can demonstrate the siddis. We suggest that not one person in the history of the world has ever demonstrated the siddis under conditions where lying and cheating are not possible. Incidentally, Diamond Way Buddhism promotes the most annoying of all meditative practices, chanting mantras. Many meditation cults have mantras and they all claim that meditation delivers great benefit to the body and mind. Some, like Sri Chinmoy, claim that practising mediation will be the key to world peace. There is no meaningful scientific evidence to support this. For those interested in more information on the Diamond Way, go to the above link.


  1. Why have you not reported this to the main offices if it is the case?

    IT is not tolerated in centers. IF the center is doing it report it to the proper channels and not a blog. IF you are caused harm, then the rest of DW would like to know it.

    Many false accusations have seen made. I can assure you, are clearlake Sangha would have nothing but respect, but it goes both ways.

    Need to talk, share, express hurt, then feel fee to do so.

  2. Never mind, this article was basically copy and paste of a proven false publication, and one with another religious agenda to condemn.

    We don't condemn.

    Some of your information is some of the most fabricated fairy tales known to man. It's Entertaining, but Buddhism doesn't work that way, nor does the Karma Kagyu Lineage. Made a great story but this is simply fiction.

    I can't see you as ever have being a full member, maybe someone who walked in for a day or 2 and lacked understanding, which is clear.

  3. "We don't condemn." This is just another guru ploy to keep members quiet. It works for most people. The other way that this is stated is, "We don't allow any negativity." What a manipulation, what control of the masses you get by using such statements.

  4. Condemnation is a Abrahmic concept. PEople at various centers and Kagyu schools will have varying opinions on topics. You can voice them as you wish but with respect. IF you actually had any concept in Buddhism you would realize this simple fact.

    So I ask you what is your understanding of the centers, lineage, the actual heads of them, requirements that are followed. Explain Ngondro and the 4 pre-luminaries of the Mahumudra, and the basis of the Vajrayana schools.

    Many who are not educated in the teachings, make claims, without ay effort. HAve you completed 100,000 prostrations while meditating? THen progressed beyond that in the 3 other pre-liinaries before going to advanced study, and traveling to KIBI to study?

    Do you realize the "Mantras" are taken from direct MAntra in Buddhism? Understand one simple fact in the teachings. They are reflective aspects that allow you to realize they only help you weave through ego and nothing more. THat all you need was there the whole time, but you were to blidn to see it.

    It is better to learn wisdom before speaking of something you do not understand. Yet everyone has Buddha nature, it is just covered up by effects the have built up.

  5. My short experience with the Diamond Way was not positive, I must say. I was told that I have to "toss off the window" everything I have previously learned from other sources about spirituality before I get teachings from them. That seeing energy fields or having any knowledge of the human energy system (chakras and nadis) was "shit" and was not taught there and I should drop it, Questions were either not welcomed, or diverted. The head of the center was talking about the Dalai Lama in a despective manner and was rejecting any idea that there were other paths to enlightenment other than his own. The more suspicious I got, the more aggressive he became. My statement that I am interested in healing and I believe that spiritual development would definitely benefit that was turned into "We are not teaching healing here, this is not your path". This guy tried to manipulate me into getting angry and leaving by myself instead of simply telling me that he doesn´t want me there. I did not give in into anger and he grew more and more angry and rude until he eventually burst. No criticism or doubt about what this guy said was allowed and even less any doubt about Ole Nydahl or his teachings. When it came to these teachings, all I got was a bunch of empty words. If someone says : "I have a way", I might get interested and ask about it. If someone says : "I have a way and it´s the only way", I would be cautious. Thank you for the post, Luke !

  6. Belgium under siege...more to come.

    As Gaddafi once said “we don’t have to fight to win the war – we will just breed”……………….terrifying