Re: Ole Nydahl and Diamond Way Buddhism
Date: June 04, 2022 09:36PM
I will now copy recent posts from Spiritual Teachers Board, before they get deleted.
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charlesthegreat wrote on May 19, 2022 at 4:09pm
I would like to add a couple of comments about Karol Sleczek, a Diamond Way teacher from Poland. The YouTube interview with him has been previously discussed on this forum.
This interview does give a subtle taste how Karol teaches right wing policies. It is evident through his public lectures that he promotes anti-immigrant sentiments. It is a legitimate world view and he has a right to his opinions. Moreover he absolutely has a right to express them. Yet, for the record we have to say he teaches right wing philosophy.
I all fairness, he also has a good degree of integrity because this YouTube interview is consistent with the content of his public lectures. It correctly reflects what he teaches and how he phrases his value system. I actually think it’s brave. There is no divide between what he teaches during public lectures and what he expresses in this interview. Fair play.
I have listened to many of his lectures. He very often tells a story about his stay in US as a student. He studied philosophy in US. During his studies he had a psychotic or schizophrenic episode and he was hospitalized in a psychiatric ward. No secret here. He talks about it publicly.
His wife Hermina has qualifications in Russian language teaching or translation.
At the time Ole split from the Karma Kagyu mainstream, Karol converted an old family cottage into a mediation place which then became a Buddhist centre. He decided to support Ole and Ole’s candidate for Karmapa. From that point on he became beyond reproach. No criticism could be made about him.
He had a tendency to be acrimonious, even savage. As far as the centre was concerned he had also tendency to be controlling. It is understandable; he invested family money in his local centre.
The main problem in my view was however, the fact that he was excluding people from this centre and was making it impossible for them to attend the spiritual practice. He orchestrated cases of blatant human rights violations. I believe he should have been sued on the grounds of violations of the right of liberty of spiritual practice. Sadly it did not happen.
The more people were effectively excluded, the stronger his own position was. People were afraid to oppose him. The system was set in this way and these exclusions were a necessary fuel the organisation was running on.
Wherever there is a religious idol, there is also a scapegoat. The existence of a scapegoat is a condition sine qua non for an emergence of an idol, god, fetish, totem, golden calf in a collective psyche. Such is the nature of idolatry behavior. Scapegoating was indispensable to the successful establishment of the diamond way as a religion, especially after its split from the old Karma Kagyu lineage.
There were comments about it on Rick Ross forum but apparently Ole Nydahl’s solicitor Jan Weber has managed to have them deleted. Sadly so.