I wonder why these oblique anti-Lama Ole posts keep popping up on this site? Is there some agenda at play shared among a few discreet parties? Not long after a huge thread about Lama Ole and Diamond Way just ended, another pops up. Curiousier and curiouser. Its becoming quite clear that there are several on this site, and on the internet, with some kind of vested interest in smearing Lama Ole and his work.
To anyone who does not know Lama Ole is recognized as a fully qualified Buddhist Lama by the 16th Karmapa (Previous head of the Kagyu lineage) and The 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje (Current head of the Kagyu lineage).
At present there is a disagreement between Kagyus as to who the 17th Karmapa actually is and much of this anti-Lama Ole rhetoric is fueled by this disagreement. Also many Shambala people don't like him because he thwarted an attempt by their organization to co-op the seat of the Karmapas after the 16th died in the early 80s.
I advise anyone curious or even concerned about Lama Ole and Diamond Way to make up their own minds and not pay too much attention to internet slander.
You can read the unbiased Wikipedia article for the straight dope:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ole_Nydahl
and you can look at Lama Ole's site to see a catalog of his legitimate Buddhist credentials:http://www.lama-ole-nydahl.org/about/
Also, for some historical perspective on yogi (non-monastic) lamas check out Keith Dowman's book "Masters of Mahamudra".
Best of course is to visit a Diamond Way Center. There you will find some really great people who do sincere vajrayana practice much more so than many dharma study groups do today. To be sure Lama Ole is not the teacher for everyone, but before this thread gets off the ground, its important to point out that he's not the man people here are making him out to be.