Astus wrote:This topic has been about Ole against Islam, Ole's title(s), Ole and the karmapas. What about Ole and his Buddhism? If there is a teacher to be checked on his status as a teacher, shouldn't it be his teachings investigated first of all? No wonder that it's easy to mislead people when nobody gives a damn about what is actually being taught.
It´s good question. Chagdud Rinpoche once said that people in the West are very naive and so anyone who comes and teaches something claiming it is buddhadharma, people will swalow it without any investigation.
Ole´s teaching (that is controversial points of it) in sum:
-Hinayana is for egotistic people.
-Not killing means not killing humans (actually one of his main sponsors from Austria runs a poultry farm, so it is quite clear where this comes from).
-It is ok to steal, if you take just a little from someone who has a lot (for example in the office of the company where you work, there is a lot of markers, so you take one).
-Right speech equals freedom of speech.
-Alkohol is ok, the best drug is healthy sex (the above four statements were made by him in Warsaw in 2010).
-If you have pleasant experiences, that equals an accumulation of merit.
-Bodhisattva vow means not to get angry.
-He uses word space instead of emptiness. Basically he teaches a doctrine of really existing eternal space, where all are unified. Somewhat similar to the ideas of Brahman in some of the Hindu schools.
-Rangtong is nihilism, Shentong means empty plus something above it. The actual view of kagyus is detong (I have never heard of such term in the context of Madhyamaka, but that is what the old man says).
-All in all sutra is boring, the diamondway (this is how he calls vajrayana) is exciting.
-Root Lama is the one you spend most time with (he also sugests to people that he is their root lama and especially his traveling teachers, emphasize this to the other followers of Ole).
-View of vajrayana is that everything is perfect. And one should behave like buddha until one becomes a buddha.
-Samayas are very heavy, so students should not be given these, however they have them automaticaly when they receive teachings from Ole.
-Visions of the deities are the most important thing one can get on the path.
There is much more of nonsense that he preaches, but it would get too lengthy. If you want to know more, watch his youtube vids. read his "mahamudra" a The way things are. However it is basicaly a loss of precious time. Everyone, who is interested to follow him should do their own homework on comparing his teachings to the standard Dharma.