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by smcj
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 335
Views: 8515

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

A class action based on physical assault would be what I would advise. With another reading of the letter something became obvious to me. Since it is all the top people in the organization that are making the complaint, then going to court would be ridiculous. They'd be suing themselves! Last time ...
by smcj
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 335
Views: 8515

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

What's a "Kripalu"? It's a diminutive form of Kripalvananda , Amrit Desai's guru. Thanks. I guess I was supposed to know who Amrit Desai is. I didn't, but it became clear. And thanks also for showing me that website. For those of us who enjoy casting the first stones you'll find this very...
by smcj
Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 335
Views: 8515

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

If Sogyal was a monk, the standard would be more clear. Lol, we had a lengthy thread about monastic vows and karmamudra practice a while back. Let's not revisit it. But in any case a court isn't going to worry about the clergyman's vows. ...since this is a religious organization rather than the pro...
by smcj
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 335
Views: 8515

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

I'd like to summarize the points I've been trying to make: 1. The teaching on seeing the guru as perfect has a legitimate place in the Vajryana Path. It is completely compatible with the highest ethical standards. 2. Not all Vajrayana teachers, even ones with titles of "rinpoche" and above...
by smcj
Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 335
Views: 8515

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegationsq

everyone involved will be deemed consensual. That depends on the jurisdiction. I suspect in France it's no big deal. But here in the U.S. there are 50 different states, and each writes its own laws in this regard. Think of it like 50 different countries. With only a limited personal exposure I'm go...
by smcj
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 335
Views: 8515

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

We can--and should--toss around "crazy wisdom" understandings as much as we want. But it should be done with the knowledge that when something finally ends up in court the judge isn't going to want to hear anything about it. So maybe a good test of how much 'wisdom' is included in with the...
by smcj
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 335
Views: 8515

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

We can--and should--toss around "crazy wisdom" understandings as much as we want. But it should be done with the knowledge that when something finally ends up in court the judge isn't going to want to hear anything about it.
by smcj
Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 335
Views: 8515

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Open letter 2013

Evidently this writer believes it is somehow HHDL's responsibility or role to discipline Sogyal R. I don't think that is the case.
by smcj
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 335
Views: 8515

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Adamantine wrote:Another worthwhile teaching related to the thread, from the
recent Dorje Drollo retreat at Padmasambhava Buddhist Center on the topic of Crazy Wisdom

That is the khenpo who is teaching the dzogchen 'shedra' next month in New York State.
http://www.padmasambhava.org/cal.html
by smcj
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 335
Views: 8515

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Even though one person may have a hundred different faults, still they have at least one quality. Instead of judging the hundred faults, we should find that one quality and emulate it. Then we will be connected only with positive phenomena, not negative, which will lead us to greater purity. This i...
by smcj
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Most Powerful Dharmapala?
Replies: 38
Views: 858

Re: Most Powerful Dharmapala?

It seems that's the demon I need the most protection from myself. My Gelug teacher defined taking refuge as "asking for safety from your own very dangerous mind ". That's not quite verbatim, but close. Are you asking to satisfy bestiality urges or what? Nah. But I find I've got a whole lo...
by smcj
Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 335
Views: 8515

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Hey yall, Not trying to over step my bounds, but is it safe to say that anything more said about Sogyal is unnecessary and perhaps not beneficial? There is enough here to communicate to others the controversial nature of Sogyal, the point has been made. Anything else will most likely get off topic....
by smcj
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 335
Views: 8515

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

We might well consider what "pure view" means in that context. That would make this thread a positive contribution to our practice. So like with pure view one can understand that people get conned all the time. I don't think that qualifies. Got an opinion on HHDL's pure view of his teache...
by smcj
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 335
Views: 8515

Re: Very sad news

Reting was a student of Chatral Rinpoche, and had deep experience in Dzogchen teachings. HHDL has never expressed anything other than admiration for Reting. Reting hatched a plot to have Taktra murdered. The Dalai Lama explains that he saw the order in Reting's own handwriting. Let's not get carrie...
by smcj
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 335
Views: 8515

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Which regent did HHDL speak out about? Surely not the Reting Rinpoche, who was murdered? I think it was both of his tutors that were fighting, not the regent. I thought he was neutral in their conflict. I hadn't heard that he took sides. He has said that he was able to maintain pure view of both of...
by smcj
Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Most Powerful Dharmapala?
Replies: 38
Views: 858

Re: Most Powerful Dharmapala?

Many dharmapalas get easily offended when you invoke them for mundane purpouses.

That's the cool thing about Tara. She's ok with mundane personal favors. Bokar R talks about it in his book on her. Plus she's got what it takes to help you develop spiritually. She's a win-win kinda gal.
by smcj
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Most Powerful Dharmapala?
Replies: 38
Views: 858

Re: Most Powerful Dharmapala?

Since Guru Rinpoche bound most of the Dharmapalas under oath himself, and he is easily invoked through the Seven Line Prayer, why not just go straight to the source? Invoking Guru Rinpoche with faith yields infinite benefits. If you have the Dharmapala practice and some commitment, of course don't ...
by smcj
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 30
Views: 466

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

CedarTree wrote:Maybe Malcolm will come in and really detail the difference :)

Just wanted to get him started off on the right foot.
by smcj
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 30
Views: 466

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

From "if we are Buddhas are we the 3 kayas" thread:
https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=24851&p=380568&hilit=inert#p380568
Malcolm wrote:....you are an advocate of an inert emptiness. But that is not the profound view of mantrayāna.
by smcj
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 335
Views: 8515

Re: Very sad news

Between followers there are not only adults and sane people. There is a big difference between seeing a situation like this from afar without any direct connection and being an in-person participant where you see apparent abuse and feel morally compelled to intervene. Presumably everyone here is no...

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