“What about the financial side of Shambhala?” And other Tibetan centers?

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.

Video – Lies, Deception, Paid to Play, Sex Abuse, Demons, Above the Law?

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.

Plucked out, suddenly and permanently, from the darkness at the heart of Tibetan Lamaism

When we got to the Center that fateful day, we went down to his residence to pay our respects, and for Donald to give him a $2,000.00 donation from one of our friends and benefactors, his annual sponsorship for orphan children in Kimshul’s ‘Orphan Children Fund’*. Our friend had donated $1,000.00 the previous year, which had sponsored two ‘orphans’ for a year (at $500 a year per child, this is a small fortune in Sikkim). Our friend told Donald he wanted to sponsor four children for a year with this $2,000.00 donation… Then Kimshul told Donald that the $2,000.00 would be used for two children, not four (an even larger small fortune, $1,000 for the care of one child in Sikkim).