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Welcome to Beyond the Temple: Simply Being Now.

I’m Tahlia Newland (author, editor, artist & contemplative) and this blog documents my spiritual path after learning that my Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher physically, sexually, and emotionally abused his close students. I left the group and the religion when I realised that the religious philosophy they espoused had enabled the abuse.

This experience led me and the others also affected by this to re-evaluate everything we believed. We came to reaffirm the need for us to trust our own wisdom, practice kindness above all, and move, in one way or another, beyond the temple that previously held us in thrall.

For me, the focus of my spiritual path became simply being now which includes trusting my inner wisdom to guide me. This led me to reenvisage Vajrayana practice (the Tibetan Buddhist style of meditation) as Imaginative Meditation a meditation practice free of religious trappings but with all the power of the practice on which it is based.

I share my journey with the hope that it will help others to find their own way to simply being now in full awareness.

“Dwell with yourself as your own island, with yourself as your own refuge, take no other refuge. Take the Dhamma as your island, take the Dhamma as your refuge, take no other refuge. “The Buddha, Mahāparinibbāna Sutta.

The full story of how this blog came to be can be found in my book Fallout: Recovering from Abuse in Tibetan Buddhism.

Details of Sogyal Rinpoche’s abuse of students in the Rigpa organisation can be found here. Posts on Rigpa’s (mis)handling of the abuse and ongoing issues are here.

The meditative basis of simply being now can be found in my book How to Meditate Easily Effectively & Deeply.

“Do not accept any of my words on faith, believing them just because I said them.
Be like an analyst buying gold, who cuts, burns, and critically examines his product for authenticity.
Only accept what passes the test
by proving useful and beneficial in your life.” – The Buddha, the Jnanasara-samuccaya

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On War – “Only love dispels hate. This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.”

I felt I should share some thoughts on the war in Gaza and Ukraine. And though I may not be a Buddhist anymore, I sure do still think like one. That’s because the fact that hate never dispels hate is dharma, deep truth, cosmic, natural law, law beyond dogma of any religion. It’s just the …

The audio-visual webbook ‘Psychemagination: Journey into the Psyche’ is Finished & it’s for You

It’s check in and story time! I’ve been very open about my processing of the revelations of abuse by Sogyal Rinpoche and the cult behaviour of those running Rigpa that many of us got caught in, but Beyond the Temple is all about where we go from there. So this post is a run down …