Give more! And more! Keep giving! Support the morally-deficient Sakyong!!

The following desperate plea for more money was found on Reddit:

Dear Scorpion Seal Practitioner,

I am delighted to announce that a group of committed donors and patrons have come together to offer a $100,000 matching grant in support of the 2019 Jewel Patron 100 Days – 100 More Jewels Campaign.

This means when you become a Jewel Patron during this campaign, an additional $1,000 will be offered – up to $100,000. There has never been a more impactful time to become a Jewel Patron!

Will you become a Jewel Patron and join 180 others worldwide who have committed to giving $1,000 or more to Shambhala or the Sakyong Potrang annually (or collectively to both) and in perpetuity, as long as they are financially able?

This gift can be made annually as one sum or as a recurring monthly donation (approximately $85 / month). For some of you, this could mean simply increasing an existing monthly donation.

Our goal is for 100 new Jewel Patrons to commit to this powerful path of generosity and patronage in the 100 days between January 1, 2019 and April 10, 2019. There are already 20 new Jewel Patrons since January 1, so we are well on our way! All Jewel Patron donations will be included in the global total for this year’s Shambhala Day fundraising, so this would be an excellent way to make this year’s Shambhala Day gift, should this feel right to you.

As a Jewel Patron, you have a choice as to where you direct your donation:

  • Shambhala, which manages Shambhala Global Services on behalf of the Shambhala community. These dedicated people maintain and provide access to a library of copyrighted curriculums and trainings, support planning of international programs and trainings, maintain the Shambhala Database which leaders use to send out over 250,000 messages annually, offer IT services that support the maintenance and hosting of all Shambhala websites worldwide, as well as many other support services and resources that provide the critical infrastructure that allow Centers and Groups worldwide to operate and the community to be healthy and strong. You can click here to read a comprehensive overview of Shambhala Global Services.
  • The Sakyong Potrang, which is the seat of the Sakyong lineage. These funds support salaries, health care, parsonage, work related travel costs, and teaching support (editor, transcriber, secretary) for the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo and are what allow the lineage to flourish and teachings from the Sakyong to come forth. These church-related expenses are tax-deductible.
  • A combination of giving to both the Sakyong Potrang and Shambhala Global Services that totals $1,000 or more. If you wish to give in this way, please inform me as to how you would like to allocate your giving and I will be happy to assist you with this.

Again – this matching grant means that whichever entity you choose to make your Jewel Patron giving in 2019, $1,000 from the matching grant will also be donated to that entity up to $100,000. If you become a Jewel Patron of Shambhala, an additional one-time $1,000 match will go to Shambhala. Likewise, if you become a Jewel Patron of the Sakyong Potrang, an additional one-time $1,000 match will go to the Sakyong Potrang. Or you can give to both and this match can be shared between both if you choose to offer that way.

As a Jewel Patron, you will be part of an engaged community of dedicated Jewel Patrons. These patrons enjoy a shared path of working with financial generosity, are offered a specific practice, The Jewel, to enrich their path of patronage, and have opportunities to gather together in online practice sessions of The Jewel where they can explore the principles of generosity and patronage*.* You will also know that you are part of a network of global patrons that can take healthy pride in leading the way to much needed financial stability in our community.

It is important to highlight that becoming a Jewel Patron should not pull you away from other areas of giving, such as your local community or regional Land Centre. The intent of becoming a Jewel Patron is that it is a heart contribution you are willing and able to make above and beyond your current giving commitments. As such, it is important to clarify that the Jewel Patron commitment of $1,000 annually does not include any current giving to your local Centre or Group, or Land Centres.

Please take a moment to hit “reply” and let me know if the path of being a Jewel Patron feels right to you at this time. And please do let me know if you might have some time free in the coming days to have a conversation, as I would appreciate hearing your thoughts and insights on the path of patronage and to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you again for all of your continued generosity to our community and the world.

With warmth and appreciation,

Faradee Rudy

Development Director of the Sakyong Potrang and Shambhala

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Desperate people frantically trying to raise more money from their subjugated followers who apparently already give quite a bit of money, in support of a morally bankrupt man and a morally bankrupt organization. It seems that the money pot from the public is drying up, and so Shambhala is forced to squeeze the dwindling stock of students.

No doubt the ’20 new Jewel Patrons since January 1″ is a lie, and meant to entice people in thinking that some have already committed to this farce so that they join in. I’m sure NO ONE has committed to joining this rarefied sucked-dry group, as “a Jewel Patron is donation is a heart contribution you are willing and able to make above and beyond your current giving commitments...’

“Communal child sexual abuse in Shambhala – like father, like son, and the others?”

 

This new article just came up today and I felt I should share it. It is written by Leslie Hays, one of Chogyam Trungpa’s seven concubine wives. It concerns a lady named Ciel who was his head concubine (or sangyum, as they called them).

Chogyam Trungpa founded Shambhala in the ’70’s and it has had a checkered history to say the least. Pema Chodron is perhaps its most famous student but even recently she has disgraced herself as I discuss here elsewhere.  Trungpa’s son Mipham now appears to be a poison apple which fell not too far from the tree.

This is a profoundly tragic and shocking tale. It involves the child sexual abuse, associated drug abuse and suicide of a woman who was literally passed around the Shambhala leaders in the 80’s and 90’s as a sex slave, beginning at age 14. Her association with the Shambahala leaders continued until her death 20 years later. One of these leaders, Mitchell Levy retains a very senior leadership role in the organisation. In 2018 he recused himself from discussing the current crisis as a member of the (now resigned in disgrace) Kalapa Council on account of these allegations of his sexual misconduct having been known for years.

The current crisis centres around a litany of allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of Mipham. More broadly it involves abuse of power leading to the routine, systemic cover up of criminal behaviour while rationalising it with buddhist philosophy.

By Trungpa’s design, Ciel was in line to marry the currently disgraced leader of Shambhala who is or has been known generally as Osel Tenzin / Mipham Mukpo / The Sakyong. He and Ciel had an intimate involvement which did not end well. He rejected her cruelly, much like he has done with his many other women. This appears to have greatly fuelled Ciel’s tragic confusion and ultimate demise into suicide. It is said that when Mipham married in 2006, the entire Sangha breathed a sigh of relief as they no longer had to live in the tension of worrying about a sexual misconduct scandal erupting at any moment. 
 
His behaviour towards Ciel is indicative of who this Sakyong character really is, today, right now, as he privately runs programmes which invite his students to venerate him, while publicly playing the role of a leader respectfully resigned pending the outcome of an investigation, ordered by and reporting to his own lawyers it turns out. Ciel’s experience (as far as we can understand it at this point) contains all of the trigger signs of a cult, and the denial of criminal wrongdoing which is currently blatant in Shambhala’s panicked Adminstrators.

In fact, Mitchell Levy didn’t even go to Ciel’s funeral despite having carried on an openly unapologetic affair with her for years while she was considerably younger than he, and having shared a house with her and his own wife. At the time, he was heard saying that he had nothing to do with her death, although her suicide note is widely reported to  dispute this. My former boss, Jesse Grimes apparently has the note buried under some rug.

Mitchell in turn had for years been carrying on an affair with Trungpa’s legal wife, Diana (whom Trungpa married when she turned 16) and whom Mitchell then married after Trungpa’s death, at the time Ciel moved in with him and Diana. The constantly shifting intimacies clearly proved emotionally fatal for Ciel simultaneous with Shambhala blindly claiming to be establishing enlightened society. That was 25 years ago and still, nothing has significantly changed.

Please, take the above trigger warning seriously before reading further.

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I first met Ciel when she was 16-years old. I didn’t know her well and I viewed her as a bit of a rival. Ciel was the sort of girl who would steal your boyfriend. I didn’t really get to know her well until the summer of 1985, when she was 17 and I was 24, at what was then called rocky mountain dharma center.

In 1984, after his retreat in Mill Village, which John Perks wrote about in his book, Chogyam Trungpa (CT) decided to marry some more women. To his devotees, this decision came directly from the Rigdens, who were these supposed ‘heavenly beings’ who sat around in the clouds above outer Mongolia and directed the actions of the self-proclaimed universal monarch. Apparently they had nothing better to do than watch the sangha and tell his majesty what strategic moves he should make in his efforts to take over the world. At first, the Rigdens said he should take three more wives, so in order of weddings that would have been Karen Lavin, Cynde Greives, and Wendy Friedman.

But as time passed they upped the number to five. That’s when I met him. I was number five and I was groomed to be attractive to him by the father of the children I nannied for. During the summer of 1985, after our wedding, CT apparently fell in love with Ciel, and she became number 6. Agnes Au followed about four or five months later, I think, bringing the total number of wives to 7. But just to be on the safe side, they had 250 copies of the marriage licenses made.

I need to say here that Ciel first slept with CT when she was very young, 13 or 14 years old. Of course people will deny this but it is the truth. She told me herself. I doubt anyone out there has the guts to back me up on this, however. Most still want to believe he was omniscient and powerful and not some pervy, rapey asshole who preyed on children. If your daughter was sleeping with the king of the universe at that age, would that be OK? The universal monarch who is in touch with heavenly beings daily decided that he loved Ciel, and it did appear that he loved her very much. He and the rest of them loved her to death.

In fact he made her the “Sangyum Wangmo” meaning the head of the Sangyum. Then she became the Sakyong Wangmo 2. This meant she sat in front of all of us. Previously, we sat in order of weddings, with Karen closest to CT. We occupied the front row of the court section at talks. And CT’s special attention further isolated Ciel from the rest of us. While she might have been able to share with her sister wives certain things, the pressure to be number one in all actions must have been intense. The secrets she held were way too much, in my opinion, for an 18 year old who was handed over to the king of the universe and groomed since birth to marry him. CT was not the only powerful man to reach out to Ciel–her love affair with Mitchell Levy began when she was 16. WE ALL KNEW-JESUS CHRIST WE ALL KNEW. Mitchell’s still in charge of a large part of the cult and he’s actively advocating for teaching positions in Europe and beyond, where perhaps he hopes no one knows the truth about his character. All narcissists hate to be ignored.

Ciel married CT on her 18th birthday. I was at the wedding, as were the other wives, and I remember her parents brought Polish caviar and vodka, or maybe it was champagne. Her father made a toast, saying he gave his daughter to CT completely, that he trusted him with all of his heart and soul, and that he was honoured to become part of the family, or something similar. CT toasted him back as his father in law and thanked him for his kindness or generosity or something. (Folks can you imagine?) The wedding was a very big deal that summer. Of course, only people who had attended Assembly were invited to this event. Seating was as always, highly regulated. The Sangyum sat in the front row of the court section, ladies on one side and men on the other. Assembly was the program where he talked about taking over the city of Halifax and the province of nova scotia by force, but there would be only limited bloodshed. So it was about the “Kingdom of Shambhala” taking over the world. And don’t forget it was all backed up by the Rigdens.

I think this was a lot of pressure for Ciel, who was the youngest sangyum. She took her seat bravely. Everyone talked about how beautiful she was, and how much CT loved her. Oh, she was elegant and sophisticated and breathtakingly beautiful. Always, when Ciel was mentioned, her beauty was touted, as if she had very little value outside of that.

After Seminary, Ciel and I were sent to Karme Choling to finish our ngondro. CT gave a talk that year, on Shambhala Day, about jumping the gun. His “talk” consisted of very few words, something to the effect of: “You know what you have to do, so do it! Jump the gun.” this was in February or march of 1986. This was a very celebratory day at KCL and of course plenty of sake was served. There were a number of us young people there–Liz, Kier, Ciel, myself and others–and after we got properly inebriated, we put on our skates and headed to the small pond in front of KCL for some skating. We enjoyed doing crack the whip, where we all held hands in a line and spun the person on the end out by spinning in a tight circle. But when Ciel was on the end, we whipped her too fast, and she badly broke her leg. This was the year and the very day CT told us we knew what we had to do, so just do it, jump the gun. Ciel suffered with the impacts of that badly broken leg for the rest of her life. Apparently, the doctors in St. Johnsbury Vermont didn’t set it properly, and years later she had to have it rebroken, which didn’t really fix the problem at all and made it worse. Both of these surgeries required strong narcotics, for an extended amount of time.

As you read this, please try to remember that all of this happened over 30 years ago, and my memory isn’t perfect, especially with the exact time line and order of these events. My brain seems to capture and remember events more than timelines. But I think that after Ciel broke her leg she went back to Boulder to be with her parents to heal. When CT died on April 4th, 1987, all the sangyum flew to Halifax. I flew in from Vermont two days before he expired. I remember seeing CT curled up in a fetal position in his hospital bed at the Infirmary in Halifax. I remember crying a lot with the other sangyum. I remember seeing Diana at his bedside. I had written her a letter saying I felt like I fucked up on a cosmic level, because CT had not really wanted to see me towards the end of his life. Diana took me aside and told me she didn’t think I should be so hard on myself. He’d married me, after all. I cried tears of gratitude. CT died around the time Ciel’s plane touched down at the Halifax airport.

Then the funeral was planned. The body was broken and cut and forced into a seated position and put on display in the front sitting room of the court in Halifax. People were scheduled to do mediation shifts with the body, and it was always packed with worshippers. I will never forget the stench of strong Tibetan incense and decay. It was chokingly overwhelming. Mitchell said his heart center stayed warm for three days, but I wasn’t allowed to get close enough to see if this was true.

The funeral would take place at Karme Choling, St. Johnsbury (KCL) and it would be a grand display, with visits from many senior Tibetan teachers arranged by Karl Springer. We chartered a plane and CT’s body occupied first class. Seats were removed to bring him in. The plane ride is a blur. Some people bought seats who lived in Halifax, but the Sangyum flew for free.

Everyone who was anyone was there at KCL when the body was brought back from the airport. The seven of us sangyum stayed in a rented bed and breakfast fairly close to KCL with a very nice gay couple who hosted us. Tom Rich and his followers rented a large house and named it Shangri-la. Shibata Sensei and Marcia and crew stayed in a smaller rented house. The hotel which later became known as Ashoka Bhavan (or some such) in Vermont was rented and filled to capacity with monks. Diana and her crew stayed at Bhumi Pali Bahvana which was a farm house with a barn that was purchased for her. After CT died, Tagi lived there for a short while. I don’t remember where the current sock yarn stayed, which means I probably wasn’t invited to any parties there. And it possible they bought the hotel for the visit. Eventually it became part of KCL. Dilgo Khentse took over the top floor of Karme Choling, which had previously been the shambhala shrine room. Many of the other rooms on the second floor of KCL were double or triple occupied by his monks. Lot’s of people stayed in tents on the way up to where the body would be burned in the purkhong the second field. Flags were put up, a round the clock sewing crew was established and set up in the KCL barn as all of the banners and flags and skirts that covered the shrines needed to be created. Reams of fabric were purchased. A purkong in which to cremate the remains was built. Every square inch was filled to capacity and beyond. The body was closely guarded in the main shrine room-salts were changed once or twice daily but they couldn’t mask the stench of decay.

After the funeral, Ciel moved in with the Mukpos in the court in Halifax, under the same roof as Mitchell and Diana. Ciel and Mitchell carried on with their sexual affair there and Ciel and I lost touch for a while. Mitchell was also having sex with a number of other women and girls at the same time. Basically, sex was everywhere, and Ciel was a much prized commodity. But she wasn’t really valued for who she really was, in my opinion. She used to be a runner, and she would regularly run up Flagstaff mountain. She once met a famous runner there, but I can’t remember which one. She was pretty healthy, I thought. But after she broke her leg, running was too painful-another loss suffered from being part of the cult.

So Ciel moved with Mitchell and Diana to Hawaii, after they embezzled a couple hundred thousand dollars from the sangha to buy a new court in Halifax. In fact they took the money, didn’t buy a new court in Halifax, sold the old one, and moved to Hawaii in the middle of the night. (Maybe the old one was too stinky for them.) Mitchell, Diana, Ashoka and David moved with Ciel and her BFF at the time to Hawaii. They left Gesar homeless in Halifax. Some claim Diana knew about the affair with Mitchell all along, and some claim when she learned of their long “love affair,” which was really molestation as it began when Ciel was 16, she was shocked and appalled and kicked Ciel out of the court.

Eventually, after Mitchell and Di and the rest moved to providence, Ri, Ciel fell in love with a normal man about her same age and social status named Craig. She got a job at Victoria Secret. Like Wendy and other girls in the community, college didn’t hold their interest as much as creating enlightened society. She got a brief breath of the air outside of Shambhala. They married and lived in Maine together, eventually moving to Halifax to live in the basement of her parent’s house. And for a brief moment in time she was happy. Then Craig died of a brain tumor, and she began to unravel. Her doctor prescribed many drugs for her (probably too many) to help with her grief. She began self medicating, drinking too much, and she crept into herself deeper and deeper.

Ciel eventually moved back to Boulder (her parents as well) and we attempted to restart our friendship. She began seeing Fleet Maull. She liked to take her top off and dance in her bra at parties. Fleet and her broke up, and she began seeing Leonard Hortick who had three small girls and was divorced from his first wife due to her substance abuse issues. Eventually, they broke up as well after Ciel went into a neighbors house and began raging at them, claiming it was her house, or something like that. Whatever happened, it was clear she was loosing her grip on reality. The neighbors called the police.

In the final sad chapter, she ended up dating Don Milani, one of Tom Rich’s straight boys. Something happened between them that was related to domestic violence, but I am not sure exactly what. Ciel claimed Don pushed her down the stairs and pulled a knife on her. Don claimed she got to his house and downed an entire bottle of sake and he called 911 on her. Ciel claimed she called 911.

She continued to get lost in her addictions, and called the detective on the case extremely wasted at 2 am one morning. I think at that point the detectives gave up working on the case. And Ciel was outraged. She began calling Don at all hours of the night and day and threatening suicide. Once Don called me, sincerely worried that she was going to follow through with the act. He asked me to phone her parents and have them check on her. So about six weeks or so before Ciel died I phoned Ludwig and told him about the call from Don.

Ludwig was at first pretty pissed off at me for speaking to Don at all, but a few days later he phoned me to tell me I had done the right thing in phoning him. I stressed that it might be important to hospitalize Ciel and help her with her addictions. I got the impression that Ciel was too sacred for this path to possible treatment. And six weeks later she was dead due to an overdose of pills and alcohol.

I was shocked, we all were, and it was a deeply sad time for so many of us. Word quickly spread that Ciel had left a note and that I was in it, along with Denise (Don’s ex wife) Don, and a few others. My understanding was she somehow blamed me for her death. I got a call from Mark Thorpe who told me the family didn’t want me to attend the funeral. I took it in stride and said, “whatever they need to get through this horrible time is ok with me. If it’s too painful for them to see me, of course I won’t attend.”

When her parents discovered her body, she was dressed in the silk pajamas CT gave her. They then phoned Jesse Grimes, who was a paramedic working for Boulder Valley. Jesse responded to the call. Jesse saw the note, Jesse saw the pills, Jesse saw the empty bottle of vodka, Jesse saw the grieving family. And as usual, Jesse kept his mouth shut about it all in favor of whitewashing the real history of this cult for public consumption.

Jesse saw  Osel Mukpo treat Ciel like a piece of meat. There was brief talk Osel and Ciel would marry, this was why CT had put her on that huge unattainable pedestal, this was why he had made her Sakyong Wangmo II. Many, including Ciel, believed strongly they would marry, as he wrote poems to her and and acted loving and caring towards her. Then he dumped her like a hot potato. He had his staff refuse her calls (Mark Thorpe and others, you KNOW this, where’s your spine?). Osel refused to see her, he refused to talk with her, and he callously and unceremoniously broke her already repeatedly broken heart.

So look around in this sham of a community. There are people who worship Osel regardless, in spite of, or perhaps BECAUSE OF the way he treats women. But I truly believe it’s not just women he mistreats. If you are a man and you think you’re important to him, fuck off, because like everyone else you are completely disposable and really not worthy of a second thought. This is what happens when you make malignant narcissists cult leaders and give them absolute control and ownership over vulnerable people through brainwashing techniques. This is what happens when you believe some made up (or pilfered from other traditions) visualizations or practices with a sociopath at the center.

I miss Ciel, Kier, and Bill [*] I truly believe if they had gotten help outside of this toxic soup, Bill and Ciel might still be alive today. Hopefully they would find that the air out here is fresher. The stench of decay isn’t so strong, and the people are much, much kinder. They know better than to ask survivors to heal a community or forgive their abusers for the sake of the organization which victimized them in the first place. They aren’t impressed with titles and pomp and circumstance. They’re just real people who don’t believe in fairy tales, generally.

I write this with love, to anyone who is struggling with these issues, seek therapy outside of sham.

*Bill Sheffel, who recently took his own life in Boulder

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Posted with permission from Leslie Hays

India requests Karmapa to return, flags his Dominican Republic passport

  • (In January of 2000, Orgyen Trinley Dorje arrived in India from Tibet/China, calling himself a refugee. Dorje was issued a Residential Certificate (RC), as a Tibetan refugee, by the Indian government, and he settled at the Dalai Lama’s Gyuto Tantric Monastic University, in Dharamsala, India. Because he was rumored to be a spy for the Chinese (the circumstances of his fleeing Tibet/China were suspicious, and never fully explained), Dorje was severely restricted in his travels for years by the Indian government.
  • To thwart the travel restrictions imposed upon him by the Indian government, Orgyen Trinley Dorje not long ago bought a passport from The Dominican Republic.)

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From Indian Express, Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Updated: October 4, 2018 7:03:19 am

Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, has laid down conditions for his return to India, including withdrawal of travel restrictions and requirement for him to get permission from New Delhi to travel abroad.

While the Central government is trying to get Tibetan spiritual leader Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to return from the United States, Indian agencies have flagged the fact that he possesses a Dominican Republic passport and indicated that it was a reason behind the move to remove him from security watch-list.

Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, has laid down conditions for his return to India, including withdrawal of travel restrictions and requirement for him to get permission from New Delhi to travel abroad.

“The government has asked the Karmapa to return…he has conveyed that he will come back in November,” a source in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Wednesday.

The Karmapa, the source said, is upset that he has to take permission every time he wants to travel, unlike the Dalai Lama, who is free to travel anywhere without restriction.

The Dominican Republic passport offers individuals and families worldwide an irrevocable second citizenship and passport in four to six months, with no visit to the country required. A passport from the Caribbean island-nation also provides visa-free or visa on arrival access to more than 115 countries, including the entire European Union, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Officials said Dorje got Dominican Republic passport since many countries do not recognize the Residential Certificate (RC) issued by India to Tibetan refugees.

In 2015, the Narendra Modi government reviewed the earlier Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) decision and eased domestic travel restrictions for Dorje, allowing him to visit Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, except Rumtek monastery.

Former adviser on Tibetan affairs to MHA Amitabh Mathur had told The Indian Express last month that India “does not doubt 17th Karmapa commitment to Tibetan civilisation’s struggle and he is the future face of Tibetan Buddhism.”

Sources in MHA confirmed that India has formally requested Dorje to return to India, as desired by his followers.

The CCS, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has decided to allot land to Dorje in Delhi to construct his monastery. The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, who is also chairman of the Delhi Development Authority, is scouting for land and is expected to decide on one soon, an official said.

Dorje had escaped to India through Nepal in 2000, at the age of 14. The Sikkim government has written to the Centre on multiple occasions and requested that Dorje be allowed to make his claim as the 17th Karmapa. The Centre has not taken a decision yet, contending that the matter is pending before courts.”

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Last sighting: Orgyen Trinley Dorje in France meeting with one of the other ‘Karmapas’.

“I already knew things. Nothing new.” How many people have been raped since then, Dalai Lama?

 

 

On her way to work one morning
Down the path along side the lake
A tender hearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
“Oh well,” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you”

“Take me in oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

Dalai Lama 1979 UC Santa Cruz

 

She wrapped him up all cozy in a curvature of silk
And then laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk
Now she hurried home from work that night as soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she’d taking in had been revived

“Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

 

Now she clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful,” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died”
Now she stroked his pretty skin and then she kissed and held him tight
But instead of saying thanks, that snake gave her a vicious bite

“Take me in oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

“I saved you,” cried that woman
“And you’ve bit me even, why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die”

“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin. “You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.”

Nothing new. I already knew…

 

“Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

‘John of God’ – Serial rapist?

Washington Post, By Meagan Flynn  Morning Mix reporter, December 17

 

Celebrity Brazilian healer ‘John of God,’ once featured by Oprah, surrenders on sexual abuse charges

 

“He calls himself “John of God” and dwells in the Brazilian village of Abadiania, an otherwise unremarkable countryside transformed into a fanciful spiritual tourist mecca for his believers, where everybody wears white and waits in line for a moment with the celebrity healer they’ve all come to see…..”

 

Read the article

 

Shambhala New York to close due to lack of funds – loss of revenue and followers

  • Vajrayana ‘Buddhism’ – worldwide – is continuously losing massive amounts of revenue, followers and relevance as the various Centers around the world close down, are investigated, and exposed for the frauds they are.
  • We prophesied this rapid diminishing of this pseudo-wisdom, pseudo-enlightenment cult in our 2017 book, Exposing Deeds of Darkness.
  • The 13th Dalai Lama prophesied in his will the utter destruction and eradication of this Tantric-Sex false-Buddhist mind-control ‘spiritual and cultural tradition’, which the young 14th Dalai Lama copied over and over again to practice his Tibetan writing. 

The foundation of Vajrayana Lamaism is the not-so-secret Tantric Sex rituals practiced by Tibetan lamas (Tibetan, Westerner, Sikkimese and others) to purportedly reach enlightenment, and a fundamental aspect of Lamaism is sexual, physical and psychological abuse. The lamas believe they can ingest alcohol and illegal drugs without harm to their minds and bodies, because they ‘purify’ these substances with their mantras. This is based on the ‘Five Meats and Five Nectars’ (The five ‘nectars’ are human excrement, marrow, semen, blood, and urine. The five ‘meats’ are a bull, a dog, an elephant, a horse and a human being. Even ‘dutsi’, given to acolytes and the public, may contain the ‘sacred’ feces, phlegm or other body substances of their ‘god-kings.’)

The lamaists also believe they are above the laws of the countries that have foolishly embraced them.

Dutsi/Amrita (from Wikipedia)

From Lion’s Roar:

“According to interim director Eric Spiegel, Shambhala Meditation Center of New York will close on December 8, eventually reopening in a smaller, more affordable location. Spiegel says the relocation is largely due to a lack of funds.

“Although the announcement happened around the same time as the allegations against the Sakyong arose, there were serious ongoing structural issues that were being ignored,” Spiegel said, referring to allegations of misconduct by the leader of Shambhala. “Our rent was approximately $30,000 per month, which required very aggressive programming, which required a large staff, which then required continual fundraising efforts to support all of the above.”

According to Tricycle, membership director Katherine Lieberson distributed an email in September calling for additional financial support from members of the community. She said the center had plans to move by 2020, but the current crisis in the Shambhala community forced the center to close sooner than expected, although she didn’t directly address the allegations against the Sakyong…”

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New Charity Inquiry: Rigpa Fellowship  – Charity Commission investigates Rigpa Fellowship

“The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, is today announcing that it has opened a statutory inquiry into Rigpa Fellowship (279315). The inquiry was opened on 8 November 2018.

The charity, which is based in London, has objects to advance the Buddhist religion, and provides religious education, training and activities.

The Commission has been engaging with the charity since August 2017 over serious concerns about adult safeguarding. The regulator’s concerns have escalated in the course of this engagement, prompting the opening of a statutory inquiry.

The inquiry will examine the charity’s governance, policies and practices with regard to adult safeguarding, particularly in relation to:

  • its response, general handling and disclosure to the Commission and other agencies in relation to serious adult safeguarding incidents
  • its responsibility to provide a safe environment for its beneficiaries, staff and other charity workers in the delivery of its programmes

More generally the inquiry will examine the charity’s:

  • recruitment and supervision of its employees, volunteers and other charity workers
  • financial controls and their application
  • responsibility to maintain its reputation as a charity which can be entrusted with public support and the confidence of its beneficiaries, staff and volunteers

It is the Commission’s policy, after an inquiry has concluded, to publish a report detailing what issues the inquiry looked at, what actions were undertaken as part of the inquiry and what the outcomes were.

Reports of previous inquiries by the Commission are available on GOV.UK.”

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From the New York Times:

July 8, 2018

“Late last month, a former Shambhala teacher released a report alleging that the Sakyong had sexually abused and exploited some of his most devoted female followers for years. Women quoted in the report wrote of drunken groping and forcefully extracted sexual favors. The report said that senior leaders at Shambhala — an organization whose motto is “Making Enlightened Society Possible” — knew of the Sakyong’s misconduct and covered it up…….”

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Shambhala Mtn Center investigated for child rape

From Coloradoan:

Apparently the investigation by the Larimer Sheriff’s department into Shambhala Mountain Center, in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, is for Mipham Sakyong’s, and others at Shambhala, ‘alleged sexual contact with minors’ (in normal language: rape of children).

“Retired attorney Carol Merchasin, one of the Buddhist Project Sunshine  report’s collaborators, told The Denver Post that Larimer County Sheriff’s Office investigators interviewed her twice, first contacting her in November. She said the questions they had were about alleged sexual contact with minors.”

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 The rape and exploitation of children in Tibetan Vajrayana centers in America has now reached into the third generation. The children and grandchildren of the men and women who originally devoted themselves to Tibetan lamas in the 1960’s and 1970’s and who were engulfed into the ‘sanghas’, have been harmed by growing up in these communities. The morals and critical thinking of the Western parents and grandparents were gradually subsumed into the ‘no right, no wrong, no good, no bad’ underpinning of the Vajrayana practices of the Tibetan lamas. Hard on the heels of the ‘sexual revolution’ of the sixties, the spiritually-deficient women and men were seduced by the sexual attentions of the Tantric sex practitioners. Many allowed their children to become prey to the practitioners, or chose to look the other way. Many parents, if they objected to the rape of their children, were paid off and slunk off into the shadows.

Many male practitioners of Tibetan Lamaism, Tibetan and Western, can be considered MAPS (Minor Attracted Persons). As is well-documented, Tibetan Lamaism is founded on the Tantric sex practices of Hinduism. In the ancient texts (still in wide use today), sex with girls under the age of 13 is recommended for the ascension to enlightenment by males. Females, according to Tibetan Lamaism, do not achieve enlightenment, and must continually strive to purify their bad ‘karma’ for lifetimes so that they could be reborn a male. But not just to be reborn a male, but to acquire the ‘good karma’ for the rare and desired ‘privilege’ to be reborn a Tibetan lama. Only Tibetan lamas have the good ‘karma’ to be taught the practices that will enable them to achieve ‘enlightenment’.

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From our book, ‘Exposing Deeds of Darkness‘: Westerners are taught that it is a rare and difficult-to-attain honor to be ‘yoked’ to the Buddha, dharma and sangha of Tibetan Buddhism, because they ‘found’ this rare path which few attain. This doctrine states that it is as rare for a human to be a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism as it is for a turtle swimming in an infinitely vast ocean and surfacing only once every hundred years, to surface into the center of a floating ring, or ‘yoke’. 

Psalm 106:34-48, They did not destroy the peoples, as the LORD commanded them, but they mingled with the nations and learned to do as they did. They served their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood. Thus they became unclean by their acts, and played the harlot in their doings. Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage; he gave them into the hand of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power. Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes, and were brought low through their iniquity. Nevertheless he regarded their distress, when he heard their cry. He remembered for their sake his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love. He caused them to be pitied by all those who held them captive. Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to thy holy name and glory in thy praise. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the LORD!

 

Concept Blindness – the inability to see one or another aspect of an idea, a theory, a way of life or another’s opinion

Concept Blindness – What is it?

Let’s bring in color blindness here, to help explain concept blindness.

How do you explain to another person the felt-sensations of the powerful, transformative experiences that Yahuwah, and the Holy Spirit, has given us? How do you explain the felt-sensation of the presence of God within you?  It is similar to trying to explain the color red to a color-blind person, with all of the emotions, sounds, sensations, smells, textures, and myriad of shades of the color red. 

Color blindness is the inability to see some colors or to perceive color differences – which helps to illustrate the difficulty some people have with concept blindness.

For a person who is color blind to the color red, he or she must take it on faith that the color red exists. But because almost everyone else in the world can see red, and red is such an important part of the reality of humankind, the colorblind don’t disbelieve that red does in fact exist.

We can’t give the colorblind person context for red, or give them a felt sensation of red, or teach them to feel all of the emotions that all of the shades of red bring up in the rest of the population, no matter how hard we may try to explain red to them.

We can, though, try to give people with concept blindness an understanding of the reality of God’s love. It only takes a shift in perceptions and beliefs.

Concept blindness is a metaphor for the inability to see one or another aspect of something, whether it be an idea, a theory, a way of life or another’s opinion. With concept blindness there is fierce opposition to accepting the possibility of other aspects of ideas, beliefs or theories, and positive progress (spiritual, scientific, philosophical or practical) is hindered by this, to the detriment of humankind. 

Now, there are people who are so rigid and uncompromising in their thinking that they truly believe that their beliefs and opinions are the only ones that are valid, and won’t allow anything that contradicts their beliefs to go unchallenged, and they mock and shame others who hold divergent views. For some of these recalcitrants, their brains may have developed through their lives to such an extent that the neuronal connections, and synapses, wired themselves into clusters of beliefs that reject everything that threatens their belief system.

Surgeons understand that every human body is different, that human anatomy varies from individual to individual. When they perform surgery they know that organs, and other parts of the body, will not necessarily be where they are expected to be, there may be unexpected extra things inside the body, or there may be things missing that are in other people’s bodies, or the organs may be completely reversed.

And every person’s brain is a unique and beautiful structure, and there are some people were born without the brain structure that allows them to experience supernatural phenomena. So they believe the supernatural does not exist, and many are quite vociferous about insisting everyone follow their belief system.

But for those who have been blessed with the eyes to see, the ears to hear, and the heart to believe, they can shift their perception to see what might be hidden.

  • I have always said that I am more than willing to adjust my self-righteousness, and when I am confronted with irrefutable information that contradicts what I had believed to be true, I can incorporate this new information into my belief system and shift into a higher awareness.

To show how to shift your perception, on a visual level at least, take a look at the cube illustration. We can perceive the two-dimensional figure below as a three-dimensional cube, with the back of the cube on the top and the right side, or with the back of the cube on the bottom and the left side. There are at least two ways to do this, and the switch between the two is called a ‘Gestalt shift’. It is not a voluntary shift, although one can try to bring it about. If you fix your eyes first on the corners a and only glance at ba appears in front and b behind, and vice versa.

A Gestalt shift is the visual experience of seeing something, visually or mentally, first one way and then another way. The shift is actually more like a snap; it is not gradual but instant; and it may shift back despite our unwillingness for it to do so.  But once you have understood something on more than one level, it is impossible to shift back to the old way of thinking. 

Gestalt is a German word for ‘shape’ or ‘form’ in English. A ‘form shift’ is an involuntary perceptual jump from one shape, form, pattern to another, e.g. from the top-right as back of the cube to the bottom left as back of the cube. By ‘Gestalt shift’ we mean seeing a single pattern now as this, now as that, this is an involuntary visual shift from first one “aspect” (form/shape) to then another “aspect” (form/shape) without the pattern itself changing: all that changes is our perception of the pattern.

Consider quieting your mind, and opening your heart to receive a shift in perception about God, and what He wants for the world, and for you. He is crying out to His children to turn from idolatry, and turn to Him.

  • The inability to hear the voice of Yahuwah in your heart is not a valid excuse for denying His existence.

 

Reject the Narrative: ‘Creationism and Conspiracy Theories are Cognitive Errors’

  • Hand of God to Man Sistine Chapel“As absurd and patently false as it may be, the notorious ‘right-wing are unhinged’ conspiracy theory has gained traction among a passionate portion of the United States in the past two years. This should hardly be surprising given that the country elected Donald Trump, known widely for his declarations to ‘make America great again’ and his promises to ‘drain the swamp.’”
  • But conspiracy theories are nothing new to the Left.”

The above is a paragraph from an article on Alternet.org, which I re-wrote for them. You’re welcome.

The headline by Alternet for this article is:

  • ‘Scientists Identify a Key Cognitive Error that Could Explain Why People Believe in Creationism and Conspiracy Theories.’ Subtitle: They hope that understanding these thought processes will empower us to avoid such errors in our thinking. By Cody Fenwick.

Cognitive error.

The unhinged left are now at work to prove Christianity (Creationism) is a conspiracy theory, by producing experiments that prove their hypothesis that those who believe in Creationism, are the same one who believe in conspiracies. Thus, according to them, Creationism is a conspiracy theory!!

I believe this is setting a dangerous precedent, in the mindsets of those who are already progressively angry and hateful toward Christians, as well as anyone who thinks differently than themselves.

Because only their way of thinking is the real way, any other belief system is a ‘cognitive error’ and anyone who has this ‘error’ must be ‘empowered’ to avoid thinking differently! (um, empowered? Or coerced? Or worse? Oh, wait, that’s a conspiracy theory!)

This is willful concept blindness.

Scientist Sebastian Dieguez had been hard at work at this, and his experiment proves, scientifically, that the bias of the researcher influenced the outcome of this research.

  • Bias in research is real, and a researcher’s cognitive bias definitely influences the interpretation of experiments. Confirmation bias can lead to the experimenter interpreting results incorrectly because of the tendency to look for information that conforms to their hypothesis, and overlook information that argues against it.

Confirmation bias: the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories.

Here’s the ‘cognitive error’ of wrong-thinkers according to Cody:

And according to new research, people may be susceptible to conspiracy theories — and other false ideologies like creationism — because of a rather simple cognitive error (Cody Fenwick’s interpretation of ‘cognitive bias’).

“We find a previously unnoticed common thread between believing in creationism and believing in conspiracy theories,” says Sebastian Dieguez, a neuroscientist at the University of Fribourg, who described research newly published in the journal Cell Biology. “Although very different at first glance, both these belief systems are associated with a single and powerful cognitive bias named teleological thinking, which entails the perception of final causes and overriding purpose in naturally occurring events and entities.”

  • Teleological thinking involves ascribing intentions and purposes to features of the world that may not have any consciousness or desires at all. One example Dieguez gave is the thought that the sun rises to provide us light — when in reality the sun appears to rise in the sky because of the Earth’s rotation in the solar system.

These patterns of thought are “part of children’s earliest intuitions about the world,” the authors, led by Pascal Wagner-Egger, note in the paper.

“This type of thinking is anathema to scientific reasoning, and especially to evolutionary theory, and was famously mocked by Voltaire, whose character Pangloss believed that ‘noses were made to wear spectacles.'” said Dieguez. “Yet it is very resilient in human cognition, and we show that it is linked not only to creationism, but also to conspiracism.”

One way to detect teleological thinking in individuals if to find that they subscribe to views such as, “Nothing happens by accident” or “Everything happens for a reason.” The researchers found that these types of views correspond closely with a propensity to believe conspiracy theories.

But this kind of thinking also bears a striking resemblance to creationism — the view that Darwinian evolution by natural selection didn’t occur and that life on Earth was specifically designed (by God, it is usually assumed) with the diversity of species that we see today.

It’s worth noting that this view itself may carry with it the corresponding belief that evolutionary views are themselves the result of a conspiracy to deceive the public about the origins of life.

In a series of surveys, Dieguez and other researchers found that teleological thinking, conspiracy theories, and creationism were correlated — albeit sometimes only “modestly” — with one another.

“By drawing attention to the analogy between creationism and conspiracism, we hope to highlight one of the major flaws of conspiracy theories and therefore help people detect it, namely that they rely on teleological reasoning by ascribing a final cause and overriding purpose to world events,” Dieguez says. “We think the message that conspiracism is a type of creationism that deals with the social world can help clarify some of the most baffling features of our so-called ‘post-truth era.’”

Understanding how these beliefs propagate and why they are so compelling to people — even when, as in the case of Q Anon, they are so obviously nonsense — is critically important to find a way to prevent their spread. The researchers hope their work can help educators and communicators better refute and undermine false theories and beliefs. 

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Their hypothesis:

Noting similarities between creationism (the belief that life on Earth was purposefully created by a supernatural agent) and conspiracism, we sought to investigate whether teleological thinking could underlie and associate both types of beliefs. First, we sought to establish whether teleological thinking, classically associated with creationism, was also related to conspiracist beliefs. College students filled a questionnaire including teleological claims and conspiracist statements, as well as measures of analytical thinking, esoteric and magical beliefs, and a randomness perception task. Promiscuous teleology — the tendency to ascribe function and a final cause to nonintentional natural facts and events — was significantly, albeit little to moderately, correlated with conspiracist beliefs scales.

For their first experiment, the scientists used 157 Swiss students at a university, average age of 20 years.

As everyone is aware of, there has been a proliferation of information on the internet in every area that could possibly be of interest to people of all ages. Let’s look at the questions regarding conspiracies that they asked of young Swiss students (this age group is known as Generation Z) and why what the researchers call ‘conspiracy theories’ might look a little different to a younger generation, who spend a lot of time on the internet. The actual ‘conspiracy theory’ scenario questions are not listed in the supporting documents, but we can guess:

  1. That the 9/11 terrorist attacks, date September 21, 2001, were done by the American government or its agents. Note that the study group of European university students were about 3 years old when the twin towers in New York were hit.
  2. That Diana, princess of Wales, who died in 1997, was ordered killed by her mother-in-law Queen Elizabeth. The young people in the study group were not even born yet.
  3. The assassination of the U.S. President, John F. Kennedy, in 1963, was arranged and carried out by the American government. Most of the parents of these European students were not born yet.
  4. That the Apollo moon landing, sent up by NASA (America) in July, 1969, was a hoax, and filmed on Earth. Again, these young Europeans were not born yet.

None of these events, three in America, and one in France, would have any emotional meaning to these young Europeans, other than what they read online. They have no reference point for these events.

For the Magical Thinking scenarios, in particular “I think I could learn to read people’s thoughts if I wanted,” the scientists completely ignore all the recent studies on the advancements being made (in the scientific field no less!) on reading people’s minds through brainwaves, and predicting emotions and thoughts by measuring brainwaves, among several studies. These studies are readily available online, and have been reported on extensively, so a young person’s belief that mind-reading might be possible is not in the realm of ‘Magical Thinking.’

Also, this generation he studied grew up on the books and movies of Harry Potter, and other fantasy books and movies. To many of the younger generation in Europe, perhaps their belief system has been formed by their culture.

So, because their first group was based on the scientist’s own ‘Magical Thinking,’ the remainder of the experiment cannot support the hypothesis.

  • The second group consisted of 1252 FRENCH people, with a survey. The third group, 733, consisted of people responding to an online questionnaire.
  • 2,142 people, out of almost 7 and a half BILLION people in the world, ‘proved’ to this ‘scientist’ Sebastian Dieguez  and as a result Cody Fenwick and other unhinged Leftists, that Creationism and Conspiracism are cognitive errors, that must be rooted out of our minds.

What a load of crap. Or, to use the title of one of Sebastian’s books, this narrative is ‘Total Bullshit’.

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This is being picked up by several ‘news’ outlets, with glee. They believe (magical thinking!) that they have found a way to wound those who have different beliefs, including Christians:

LiveScience and TheConversation

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