The Ole Nydal's Diamond Way Buddhism is very comparable to other lay religious organizations. They are similar in almost every way beside what they believe in. This makes them very close as they are just some random breakaways from the real religion that they claim to be a part of.
Lay religions can be almost anything that they want to be. The fact that no ordained hierarchy is necessary determine dogma means that the rank and file members determine what the beliefs are. The rank and file members of Diamond Way Buddhism recognize Ole Nydal as Lama, therefore his teachings are as legitimate as any other lay religion's. This of course ignores the broader question of whether lay religions are comparable to organized religions.
Ole Nydal's method of spreading Buddhism, through simplification and brief introductions, is similar to what many disparate evangelical Christian groups do in their missionary work. Religions are a complex topic in general so misisonary efforts almost always involve something that resembles a seminar combined with a vastly simplified explanation of the religious tenets.
Yes, Ole Nydal's Diamond Way Buddhism is comparable to other lay religious organizations, because it is similar to any other health and lifestyle organization. Diamond Way Buddhism helps people focus on mediation. There are yoga classes every day at dance studios around the world that focus on meditation. In is lay and mainstream.
I think that Ole Nydal's Diamond Way Buddhism is comparable to other lay religious organizations. Any religion that does not adhere to some kind of hierarchy can be claimed as such. I think that any religion like it is something that is appealing to a lot of people these days.
First, why is it called "Ole Nydal's Diamond Way Buddhism" it is merely Buddhist teachings repackaged and set with his picture at the front. (A little egotistical) However it is customary in Vajrayana to hold your 'Guru' in such esteem... In traditional, historical Buddhism, and now in 'Secular' Buddhism we see none of it, in fact it is professed over and over not to rely on the teacher thus.
The 'Diamond Way' that Ole Nydal learned and teaches is not really watered down, just the guru gets in your way. Remember, 'if you see the Buddha on the road, kill him'.