Mantrik wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:54 pm
Vinaya applied fully with nothing removed.
No unauthorised additions to sadhanas.
No attacks on high Lamas.
No giving empowerments after expulsion from your lineage.
Expulsion of those teachers breaking their samaya and vows.
No return to teaching after sexual predation.
Vinaya applied. I assume you understand that Vinaya is simply a means of controlling the mind and actions and not just a set of scriptures or physical and verbal rules? On this basis, I agree.
No unauthorised additions to sadhanas - I agree, we must continue to practice the essence of what the lineage has transmitted.
No attacks on high Lamas - that depends on their actions. At the moment many people are criticising Sogyal Rinpoche, for example, is this incorrect? Surely high Lamas need to be accountable for their actions, they are not 'gods' who should be never be questioned. People questioned the Buddha, for example. If there is no questioning and just blind acceptance then that's a possible cult.
No giving of empowerments - I agree, if you are expelled from your lineage or tradition, you cannot continue to teach or to give empowerments, this makes sense.
Expulsion of teachers breaking their vows - expulsion is a harsh word; everybody can realise their errors and try to improve surely? They certainly would no longer teach but it depends on what you mean by expulsion: would you deny people the teachings because of their moral downfalls? Taking the teachings to heart is the only way to improve.
No return to teaching after sexual predation - In general I agree, but again, there may be exceptions if the person sincerely recognises their faults, attempts to reform, purifies and shows deep remorse. Isn't everybody worth a second chance, depending on circumstances?