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Is Diamond Way Buddhism a CULT??
typing_sound wrote in buddhistgroup
I think this is quite an important topic, since one of our members is thinking of going to a Diamond Way Buddhism centre. I did a little searching, and there are some testimonies of women being sexually harassed, and a lot of claims that the tradition is inauthentic and a cult. If you guys could help me, by either doing some research or sharing what you know about the tradition, that would really help me out! We don't want one of our members taking the poison cool-aid mixture, am I right?! It's time for Community Action! Dun-duh-duuhhh! Lol

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Re: For what it's worth

heyheylovely: Thanks for your questions.

For me, the positive aspects of Diamond Way are its effects. Meditation works. My teachers (Karmapa, Shamar Rinpoche, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche, Lama Ole) became liberated/enlightened through meditation, and I can actually meet them, talk to them, even share some food or other experience with them, and meditate with them! How awesome is that.

I feel that it's the right path for me because it has a genuine lineage, so I can trust it; it has powerful methods, so I can use it; and the people are really joyful, so I can enjoy it! I also have other more personal reasons that I might or might not choose to share.

The negative aspects of Diamond Way... well, in terms of the wider cultural scene, it can be lonely to be a pioneer. Buddhism is really new for us. It took 200 years just for translators to decide how to render Indian Buddhism into the Tibetan language, never mind for it to transform the culture. First to the West was Theravada, then Mahayana, Zen, and finally Tibetan being what, not much more than 30 years ago. Buddhism is still routinely misunderstood at even the most basic level. Did you read what the last pope wrote about Buddhism? Oi veh.
Mahamudra/Dzogchen/Maha Ati) is (according to Tibetan Buddhism) the highest view, and it seems to me very rare. Even most Tibetan teachings that you are likely to actually get are largely pitched on the Mahayana level, or at best one of the lower tantric levels rather than Maha-anuttara level. In these politically correct times, if you are a celibate teetotal monk talking about peace, everybody loves you. If you are a yogi deeply, intensely into life in all its guts and glory, trying to keep the highest view, calling it as you see it, on the side of a political divide where the money and power is on the other side, you are in a very small minority. The joy is that you inspire some and the bummer is that you annoy or confuse others. So I would say criticism or non-comprehension are the most difficult things for me in this regard.

How do I feel about the allegations of abuse? Well, I know the people that are making them, I know how they behaved that meant we had to kick them out of our centres, I know the people whose characters they attempt to assassinate, and I know that there were no protests, and there are no investigations, and there is no actual evidence presented anywhere because there is no truth in what they say. How do I feel? Honestly, I hope these people find happiness in some more constructive pastime. But it does make me angry. I'm not liberated, and when I read that stuff I get p*ssed.

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