I’ve made a hobby out of cults, ever since the Jim Jones massive death/killing/suicide. Last night I saw the best documentary of a cult ever. The filmmaker was a member. He started making movies in school, then joined this cult in California. The leader is still alive and has 100 followers in Hawaii. It spends a lot of time showing exactly how he got them to accept him. The interviews are of some very bright people who recount their feelings with great clarity.
The access to the leader and the members is like nothing I’ve ever seen. It covers 25 years, and ends exactly like you would expect it to. But what’s revealed is how a controlling narcissist works. One ex-member points out that these people are everywhere, there’s no doubt one is right in your neighborhood. They don’t all have cult followings, but they control the neighborhood group, they get things from your friends without giving back, they say they have secrets and powers, but they rarely reveal anything. Occasionally they pull something off that helps people and their supporters use that as proof that they are awesome.
It’s “Holy Hell”, on Netflix. The cult was called the Buddhafield. I haven’t googled it yet.