I have a question for you though. Did you find that many students seemed fixated with the idea of developing ‘special powers’? During my time with DWB I was struck by how many students seemed to want to develop ‘psychic’ powers.
I never heard of anything like that, some people believed that Ole was really protected by mahakala when driving his car and almost crashing and dying or something. I don't remember exactly the story, but it sounds like a bunch of bullshit to me. One thing that attraced me to buddhism was because I thought that there was no superstition, and that the buddhas aren't gods, they are aspects that symbolizes for example compassion. But maybe I misunderstood it, either way it turned me off.
The people in the center I went to were good people, and some differed a bit with the Lama. But in the end they seemed to open up more and more to his politics. At one point I started to question my values too, if they were okay. I started to panic a bit, and a friend of mine woke me up and made me leave. It might sound a bit extreme, but to me it has become a camp for recruting people to the right-wing. It is not so much buddhism, but more politics. In one book Lama Ole sais that it is more natural for a man to cheat, it doesn't mean anything if he does it. But if a woman cheats it means that something is wrong in the relationship. So to me that sounds like women should be okay with it if the man cheats, but if the woman cheats its not really okay. That women shouldn't care if men cheats on them.
No one has tried to coerce me to stay though, maybe because they believe that it is better off if someone who is too critical leaves. If you are provoked by islam-things that Ole sais etc... it is just because you are proud or have stiff ideas.
I think there are a lot of good and idealistic people who are DMW buddhists, they maybe had some idea of buddhism and ended up with something else. The more they hang in the sangha, the more friends they get, and then the harder it is to leave.
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