I `m in touch with Lama Ole Nydhal and DW centers since 1996, when I took Refuge with him.
Like Kelwin, I decided at some point, that I would rather prefer to deepen my understanding of Dharma, as I have no problem with more traditional
approach to Dharma.
I do not agree with some of ON views, and it seem that he is not teaching the Dharma in a 100% correct way at times - which is one of the reasons
i`m not a member of DW anymore, but in overall it is very benefitiall, specially for beginners with little conection to Dharma.
There are some people who would never get any interest in Dharma as it is taught in a traditional way.
Ole is capable to teach theese people who would never do it otherwise.
I disegree with him in some points, but generally I`m very greatfull , and I do respect him.
And, certeinly, he carry the blessing of the Lineage and XVI Karmapa. That is for sure.
While there is some dust of truth about a cultish atmosphere around him, and it is also true that most of DW members are blindly in love with him as a person, not really understanding that to follow your Lama, you dont necessarily have to look, walk, dress and speak like your lama
, that it is not what it is about. Also knowledge about the Dharma is very limited amond DW members. That is all true. Yet all this comments about Nazi DW,
or about whether he really was a close student of XVI karmapa, as well as many other paranoid and unproved accusations are disgusting and are pure nonsense.
I have no idea what will happen to DW after Ole is gone, but hopefully Gyalwa Karmapa will take care of it.
All the best