I am now commenting on Lama Tendar Olaf Hoeyer's article here:
I think that Ole's mental illness have been developing since he had his parachute accident and after the death of Hannah. That brings us back to 2004-2007 (or so). That's more than 10 years ago. One could already see the signs of mental health issues back then.
There was a denial of course and Ole published a letter that his mental health was very good because he had a brain scan.
I will probably be the first person to say it but it has to be said. Ole had hundreds of sexual partners before his marriage to Hannah, during his marriage and after. Literally hundreds. He was bragging about it. Everyone knew it was true. He had sex with hundreds of people in his lifetime.
Well as we know, excessive sex puts one at the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. One such illness is Syphilis. Syphilis, if untreated, is an STD that directly causes mental health problems.
It is a very though observation and a very unpleasant one but it has to be said. Ole's lifestyle was treated as an example by thousands of his students worldwide. They copied and imitated his conduct and behavioral patterns. Thousands of his students were promiscuous. It was their ambition to be promiscuous, just like their spiritual teacher was.
Ole was always pointing a finger at Chögyam Trungpa's organisation Shambala, where one of Chögyam's assistants or close disciples was continuing to have unprotected sex with Chögyam's students although he was well aware of his HIV diagnosis. He eventually infected several people.
A difficult, very difficult topic but it is only fair to bring it up because of the impact Ole has made in the world of contemporary buddhism.