Here’s an update in the ongoing issue of abuse in Tibetan Buddhism in the form of an open letter by long-serving Kusung. It’s the Shambala equivilent of the letter by the eight Rigpa students that revealed Sogyal’s abuses. I haven’t got all the way through this myself yet, but … wow. I figured you’d want to get it asap, so download it above.
Once again I want to say thankyou to those who speak up. We really need to know what goes on in the inner circles of Tibetan Buddhist sanghas. Just how many of them are destructive cults like this? Will we ever know? And how long will the majority of lamas remain quiet on the topic?
Speak up, speak up. Please. Break the silence. Tell the truth about your sanghas and gurus, so others won’t fall into these abusive situations and become nothing more than surfs in the house of a feudal lord. I mean, for heaven’s sake, this is 2019! We left this kind of garbage behind with the French Revolution! I am so glad that people are waking up. So glad those eight courageous students told me the truth.
If you’d like a more private place to chat, you can join the Beyond the Temple Facebook group for discussions not about abuse but about your ongoing spiritual path, or if you need to talk about your experiences of and healing from guru abuse or about Rigpa’s ongoing bungling, ex-Rigpa students can join the secret What Now? group, (apply via the contact form here, andtell us about yourself and why you want to join the group). And if you’re not a Rigpa or ex-Rigpa person and need support related to abuse in Vajrayana you can join the Survivors of Vajrayana Abuse and their Allies group. Note that you will not be added to these groups if you don’t answer the questions.