Some words from my personal experience for the last 10 years:
Diamondway is very democratic cult. Here one can ask all kind of questions and can get answers. One also can be as critical as want, one even can make jokes with oneself. :-)
This is kind of cult where the finances are transparent. Actually in our center we are collecting money because we have to pay rent and some expenses, but everybody decides how much he/she can give monthly, generally it is about 5-10 Euro. There are people who are not giving money, because they don’t have enough or because they don’t want. It is personal decision. There is no pressure.
Critical thinking is very important if someone wants to be a Buddhist.
In Lama Ole`s book “The way things are” he writes that the one of the main goals of the teacher is to make his students independent, compassionate and strong.
And also there practically is no hierarchy. There is much common sense. In Bulgaria the Karma Kagyu Diamondway Buddhism is legally registered according the law. The cult is open for everybody to check how bad we are.
In this cult most of the “members” are active part of the society - educated, independent, critical, strong working people.
Everybody is free to join, and everybody is free to leave, whenever he/she wants. It is free will.
There are many families where one partner is Buddhist and the other is Christian for example. And that is perfect. To become more is not a goal for DW cult. :-)
What I have been observing for the last 10 years is human growth, compassion, wisdom, joy, fearlessness and many more qualities.
Probably many of Ole`s students are greatly thankful to him, because of his activity and inspiration we can meet living teachings and train to became Bodhisattva in this life. Lama Ole is not an idol, he (and also the Buddha, HH Karmapa and all the Buddhist teachers) are mirrors. What I have been observing is that Ole is tirelessly working for all. Of course that is true for many, many other Buddhist teachers.
This is kind of cult where we see perfection in every sentient being, and actually we develop ourselves, because we want to be more beneficial for others. We bow to others.
Actually the main goal, the reason for existence of the diamondway buddhist cult is enlightenment for the benefit of others.
Best wishes and much love to all.
This is probably good to read: Four ways of the wise. HH Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche
For me Lama Ole is a Buddha. Because of him I met enlightened teachings, and can use them.
I am sure that many Buddhist students see their teachers the same way.
Nobody should believe me or somebody else. Everyone can check by himself. Or not check. Free choice.
Diamondway buddhist centers are part of the Karma Kagyu lineage of the Tibetan Buddhism.
Karma Kagyu is under the spiritual guidance of HH 17 th. Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje.
There is Karmapa controversy. Who wants can read more here.