Two more quotes from the article of Bee Scherer (https://info-buddhism.com/Ole_Nydahl_and_Diamond_Way_B_Scherer.html)
___________Bee Scherer: The reality might be less sensationalist: The Diamond Way is a complex phenomenon; neither black nor white. As scholars we need to resist simplistic answers. Queue the infamous Facebook relationship status: it’s complicated.
It is complicated, I agree. If you ask me whether Ole’s transmission was an authentic one, I will respond: Yes. I think that he carried an authentic Kagyu transmission from XVI Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. Some of the meditations with Ole were simply mind-blowing. They were pure bliss. They opened my heart completely.
Was diamond way a perfect container to carry on this transmission? My opinion: It was far from perfect.
Did people get hurt in the diamond way centres? My answer: Yes, absolutely yes and it was the level of hurt that words cannot describe.
Ken Wilber again here: [www.youtube.com
It is complicated, I agree.
__________Bee Scherer: The post-charismatic future of the Diamond Way will largely depend on its positioning towards the Karma Kagyu tradition. Nydahl has fostered (or at least: tolerated) a personality cult around him, which is openly breeding sectarian tendencies and calling for a stronger break from the Tibetan tradition.
I think the key question is whether Ole fostered or merely tolerated a personality cult around him. This is an absolutely the key question for me. As I already wrote before: Exclusions from diamond way buddhist centres are systemic and have been deliberately practiced. The existence and persistence of a cult of a guru banks on a systemic existence a scapegoat. (...) The point I am making is that the cornerstone of a personality cult is the scapegoat mechanism. I remember that people were citing on this forum a French philosopher who in his works described how a personality cult emerges and how scapegoating and exclusions from “religious” (or rather para-religious) communities are a necessary and founding mechanism of such cults.