I was also part of the Diamondway for over 6 years (active).Since I left, I am struggling to understand and sort out what was introduced to me as genuine modern „Buddhism“. This has been going on for many years now and it is very burdensome. I will be happy if one day, I don‘t have to think about it anymore and be completely free of DWs influence and beliefs.
I am very thankful for this forum, that gives space to talk openly and to be protected. Thank you very much for that.
Freedomofspeechmetoo# I agree with you a lot and it would be a very helpful to have a group of survivors. But I do not know how to organize it, how to build up a protected space for people to talk open and be safe.
The doctrines and beliefs communicated by the Nydahl groups are so weird. When I talked with a therapist about it, he said: „ I have never heard of this in buddhism, it must be a very primitive kind of buddhism“ so it would make sense to discuss it with people who know.
In my case, there I felt like being locked in a kind of „Borg“ cube. ( Hope here are some Trekkies around :))
Nobody forces you, yes, - BUT- if you want to go this way, being part of the centers and their habits is part of it. I remember Ole Nydahl giving refuge literally „ to the „friends“ in the center“. For me this was like have to choose between my life and the diamondway teachings.
I had doubts from the beginning and not much sympathy for Mr. Nydahl but I wanted desperately to learn about dying and death. My first thought of Mr. Nydahl when I saw him on the TV was:“Wow- great -there is knowledge about these things -but this man is presenting himself with a spiritual authority he is not entitled to.“ This is exactly what I think after all those years in DW now.
For me, Diamondway is a completely out of control personality cult about a person with a questionable high spiritual realisation and the charisma of a superstar ( or one of these skandinavian childrenbook heroes…) embedded in a culture of spiritual bypassing.
I would like to share a link, this work is quite new(2021) and I found it really interesting - it is in german and you find information about O.N. starting on page 128:
I am struggling right now to find my way back into buddhism, which appears to be something complete different than I learned in my Diamondway days.
I have resistance to take refuge and to meditate because it reminds me of the time in the DW- a lot of anger comes up.
From my experience I advise against DW.
I hope everybody who got into this will find their way out into a truly happy authentic life with a genuine supportive spiritual guidance.