Defamation Case News & Cult Checklist

We have just heard that the Lerab Ling community is going ahead with the lawsuit for defamation of the French Lawyer Jean-Baptiste Cesbron who was assembling testimonies from people harmed by their time in Rigpa for statements he said about Lerab Ling in the local newspaper, the Midi Libre, in December 2017. According to those bringing the … Continue reading Defamation Case News & Cult Checklist

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Is Rigpa a Cult?

The lawyer, however, in the interview that is the cause of the defamation suit did not call anyone a brainless social misfit. So to say that he did in an email asking for testimonies to help prove that Rigpa is not a cult is a blatant attempt at manipulating the students into action. Making the general sangha member feel that they have been personally called a ‘brainless social misfit’ is appealing to their emotions, to their sense of injustice, and their desire to protect themselves and their temple. The words ‘and that might be you!’ really hammer that point home. The lawyer did not say that even by inference, since as stated in a Cultwatch article “many cult members are very intelligent, attractive and skilled. The reality is that all sorts of people are involved in cults.”

How Words can be used to Manipulate Your Perception

I expect that some of you will not want to consider the possiblity that Rigpa students' perceptions may be being subtley manipulated, either consciously or unconsciously, by selective use of language. However, whether it's true or not, I think it would be wise for you to read this guest post, anyway, since it doesn't hurt for … Continue reading How Words can be used to Manipulate Your Perception