Simon E. wrote:
Lama Dawa is currently on a prolonged retreat Adamantine.
But after I read David Chapman's blog I did contact him..and he basically confirmed what Chapman claimed.
I suspect that before long the current view of the AroGter will need to be revisited.
If he's not already out of retreat and back in Iowa he
will be shortly, he's about to lead a drupchen and lots of activities
there. I don't know what he said to you but I've
had my own conversations. I think it would be wise
to understand that things may not be so clear cut.
Whereas he may have done some divinations for
members and they may have indeed been Tibetan is
prior lives (many of us have I'm sure) and practitioners,
the fact that he gave readings and whatever his readings were
-they may not validate the Aro lineage
or gTerma claims in any way.
Also, Tibetans often have a public face about controversial things
that is not the same as when you know them and have a private
conversation . You could say its a cultural thing.
So before anyone takes the claim on the Aro site at face value- if you
have a relationship with Lama Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche
and even Samaya with him I would confer with him
privately before you decide it's a good idea to join an Aro gTer empowerment
or teaching or whatever.
I can't say I know what he'll say- he may say something
different to two different people. And because of this
I wouldn't quote whatever he says on here or in public as it may be