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LAMA OLE NYDAHL – Thrs 24th Feb — 9 Comments

  1. On the poster, it says “บรรยายภาษาอังกฤษแปลเป็นไทย”, that is “lecture in English with Thai translation”.

  2. I think that people should be aware that this person is not recognized as an authentic lama by the official Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu tradition. Although he did meet HH the 16th Karmapa his behaviour since the Karmapa’s death has caused official Tibetan Buddhist centres in the West both to refuse invitations for him to speak as well as caution its followers not to give this person the oxygen of publicity. The guardian lama of the Karma Kagyu group Akong Tulku Rinpoche advised me never to be associated with this person because he has preyed on the vulnerable in both Russia and Europe in an non-Buddhist evangelical manner. If people still want to hear this person they should be aware of his history and reputation and not be seduced by his undoubted charisma

    • The official Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu tradition represented by H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinlay Thaye Dorje and Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche as well as a long list of great Lamas of this tradition fully recognize Lama Ole as an authentic lama… I don’t know where you get your information from…

    • Dear Andy. There are so many things said nowadays and the powerful means of communication give us a great responsibility in how we present our opinions. I think it is not a very Buddhist attitude to put somebody down without personal knowledge of a cause. By what you write it appears you haven’t met Lama Ole in person and I think this fact should limit the way you judge him.
      Of course you are closing a door on yourself if you don’t give yourself the chance to meet him. But if I’d be you I would be mindful not to close other peoples doors.
      Many commented Akong Tulku Rinpoche’s alcoholic inclination and the very bad style of his regents but how could I dare to judge that or even make it public if I wouldn’t have seen it with my own eyes…

  3. Any public figure has supporters and those who don’t support. There are also undeniably some shady figures about … So comments on someone’s authenticity are warranted.
    I am certian that people can make up their own minds, but to be forewarned is to elicit carefulness. If the person(s) in question is genuine, they have nothing to fear. Even the Buddha himself was criticised and accused from time to time.

  4. Hi,

    I know nothing about Tibetan Buddhism but was considering going to this event due to the fact it is about Buddha-nature, which is central to the Korean Zen Buddhism that I follow.

    Anyway, I read the warning from Andy here on this thread and the subsequent comments and then did a search and found Lama Ole Nydahl’s Wikipedia page, which goes into some details about these criticisms: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ole_Nydahl

    From what I learnt there, I am now even more keen to see this teacher for myself and am very much looking forward to hearing him speak. Whether or not Andy is right, I’d like to thank him for pointing out the criticisms and so allowing everyone to be better informed.