When Rigpa students study Ngondro, they are indoctrinated with teachings that make it very difficult for them to challenge their teacher’s abusive behaviour. Below are some of the key ‘teachings’ that supported the idea that we had to do whatever Sogyal asked of us and that everything he did, even if it didn’t ‘appear’ to … Continue reading Why Rigpa Students Find it Hard to Challenge Sogyal Rinpoche’s Abuse
This week we have a post by Joanne Clark. One belief on Tahlia’s list of “Beliefs We Need to Examine” has spoken particularly strongly to me: You must see your master as the Buddha if you want the blessings of the Buddha; This belief pervades Tibetan Buddhist culture. I had received that instruction myself, first … Continue reading Seeing the Master as a Buddha, an Examination
Today's post has two videos in it, one by me, Tahlia, and the other by Sangye, but we're both talking about the same topic. We are examining whether or not a master is needed in order to recognise the nature of mind. The videos compliment each other, and I hope you will watch both and … Continue reading Is a Master Needed in Order to Recognise the Nature of Mind?
One of the core teachings of vajrayana is that we should see our teacher as a Buddha, because, in simple terms, if we do so we will get the blessings (transformative power) of the Buddha rather than the lesser transformative power of an ordinary being. But how are we to understand such an instruction when … Continue reading Are Vajrayana Teachers Really Buddhas?