By NICOLE WINFIELD and RODNEY MUHUMUZA – Jul. 27, 2018 VATICAN CITY (AP) — The nun no longer goes to… Read more After decades of silence, nuns talk about abuse by priests – A.P. article 7/27/18
Of particular interest to me is whether the various Shambhala organizations have been violating tax laws. The Ladrang, for example, says on its provincial registry that it is a “church,” and yet the money raised appears to benefit only one person — Sakyong Mipham, and I suppose his family. And the Shambhala Canada Society was previously registered as the Vajradhatu Buddhist Church; I don’t know why the name was changed. It appears that licensing or other fees collected from the Shambhala centers are run through Shambhala International, but I don’t know if that income is declared as business income or of a charitable nature.
July 11, 2018 – New York Times By Andy Newman In a shrine on the sixth floor of a Manhattan… Read more The ‘King’ of Shambhala Buddhism Is Undone by Abuse Report – NYTimes
I agree regarding the revision of the role of women who are, ironically, the vast majority of western Buddhists. I think we also need to look at how putting people on such a false pedestals creates an unnatural instinctive mating responses in women – something that leaves them confused and vulnerable. It is time to call out the naked emperor!
An article from The Daily Camera, a Boulder, Colorado, newspaper: Ösel Rangdrol Mukpo, called ‘The Sakyong’ (‘earth-protector’ or ‘king’), the… Read more Another Tibetan sexual predator hires an expensive PR firm (a Weinstein buddy)
To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’ —just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 2:26-29
In his lengthy teaching on samaya, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche said things like: Beating removes obstacles and brings blessings.
Beating hard increases wisdom. When a lama has mastered great primordial wisdom, everything he does is for the benefit of sentient beings; whether it corresponds to Western ideas or not, if he kills someone, no problem. When you feel hurt, there is no point to turn against the teacher because the real reason is that you don’t have enough merit. The people who wrote the letter had wrong views and have broken their samaya with their teacher, who loved and cared for them.
This ‘guru-yoga’ fanaticism is intended to create unquestioning subservience in the students, so that they believe that all actions (good and evil) of their ‘higher-realized being’ teacher are enlightened, and are for the students’ highest good. And to prevent them from exposing the bad actions of their teacher, they are taught that the punishment for ‘breaking samaya’ to their teacher and revealing the truth to others is to be thrust into a Vajra hell a million times worse than any hell they could imagine, and this hell is spelled out in great horrific detail in the Lamaist texts – ‘sadhanas’ – which these students are supposed to chant millions of times (in phonetic Tibetan with English translations just below on the pages), along with the mantra “May I always obey my master and never reveal the secrets of Vajrayana, or may I be relegated to the hell realms for all eternity.’)
We saw young Thai boys hanging out in the lobby, and walking up and down the stairs with the older Western men. We realized with a shock that the ex-pat student Kimshul was staying with in Bangkok, as we remembered his name, was someone who had fled the United States after being accused of pedophilia with the young son of a fellow student. This man had been running one of KDK’s satellite centers in in Arizona, and after he fled, it took Kimshul quite a while to find another student to run that Center. In that hotel room, in Bangkok, we remembered being told about this man in a Board meeting several years before, while we were still Board members of Kimshul’s Center. We did not have a sense at that meeting that Kimshul had condemnation toward this man, in fact, Kimshul told the Board that he had invited the man to stay at the Center’s retreat land in northern California. At this Board meeting, as Board members, we expressed our concern about the legal ramifications if the Center harbored a fugitive from the law, but we were ignored. We found out later, by chance, that this man stayed at the retreat land for several months before he fled to Bangkok.
The Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption, signed by President Donald… Read more Does Trump’s E.O. Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption apply to Lamaists?