I would like to share here a post I saw which perfectly encapsulates Ole Nydahl's behaviour and the victim-blaming party line of his cult called 'Diamond Way'.
[Tigger warning for some: this mentions Ole Nydah's sexual abuse of followers.]
As a way of trying to heal myself and restore what I believe is right and what is not and also to find a way back info a life without pain, I would like to share my experience instead of continue hiding it (and myself).
I have been sexually abused by Ole Nydahl myself. There was a age difference of about 40 years between us when he had sex with me and I was in very difficult circumstances, feeling unsure about myself, my future and my life in general. I feel that he totally misused my faith and longing for a more meaningful life and my openness as a student. It seemed to me that letting him have sex with me was what I had to do in order to please my teacher and in order to learn and to improve myself. I did several therapies to try to get over these experiences but the wounds are still deep and I would warn strongly everybody to get near this man who cannot control his sexual desire and misuses his own students for his pleasure. He did not care if I wanted to sleep with him or not, sometimes woke me up in the middle of the night, just to have sex and misused my sense of feeling tired, overpowered and general sense of not feeling strong about myself and my live. How this person can be considered a spiritual teacher is what I cannot understand any more. I find his behaviour extremely irresponsible, careless and dangerous. I am thankful that this blog exists and whish I would have been informed before so I would not have made these very difficult experiences.
...and the 'party line' of the cult:
Scott Anthony DiIorio
If a person calls anything a cult (or group) it is because it doesn't fit their beliefs, and they have the ego and desire to be right.
A majority of negative posts about Diamondway, and some clearly by the same handful of people, is due two many factors. THey are not experienced in it, and have issues they have yet to work out, but isn't that why we meditate?
I have read comments and wonder where information comes from. Certainly not from Buddhist teachings. If you are bent to slander, then once again the issue inside yourself remains.
Listen but question. You are told that. Learn, but find within yourself. You are taught that. A path is not clear until you break away the issues, and deal with them.
At first I had my doubts. I may not agree with 100% of Lama Ole's teachings. Then again It dawned on me that this man pushes buttons on purpose, then later, you get it. the "But you said...." then the "Oh wait I get it, ok I will let go of those things".
This post goes on further but the point remains. Victim-blaming. If you get sexually abused by Ole Nydahl, it's YOUR fault that you weren't enlightened enough. If you speak out, you have 'ego problems'. Just keep ignoring the red flags and 'let go of those things'.
What a horrible cult Ole Nydahl has created.
Here's the original posts and source: [buddhistgroup.livejournal.com
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/23/2023 06:05PM by OleNydahlIsAFraud.