The Benefit of Criticism

In Tibetan Buddhism there is a reason for the instruction not to criticise one’s teacher. The idea is that students avoid the kind of constant petty criticism that prevents them seeing beyond their judgemental mind. It is supposed to be a way to help them see with their wisdom mind (see purely), but when it’s … Continue reading The Benefit of Criticism

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Is Vajrayana Buddhism a Cult Religion? Part 2

  In the last post on this topic, I looked at the general markers of a cult and how they relate to vajrayana and examined devotion to the teacher in vajrayana in terms of whether we were devoted to a person or to an abstract principle—the first being the marker of a cult and the … Continue reading Is Vajrayana Buddhism a Cult Religion? Part 2

Is Vajrayana Buddhism a Cult Religion? Part 1

Does Vajrayana fit the definition of a cult? ‘Cult’ is a word that has different definitions, but the definition that concerns us here is the negative one. According to the Google Dictionary a cult is “a system of religious veneration and devotion directed towards a particular figure or object, in particular a relatively small group … Continue reading Is Vajrayana Buddhism a Cult Religion? Part 1

Crazy Wisdom or Mental Imbalance? A psychological perspective: Part 2

Part 2 of a post by a ex-student and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. Note that this is not an attempt at a diagnosis and should not be read as such. We merely aim to present an alternative framework through which to view the situation. Unresolved grief After the death of his Master HH Dilgo Khyentse, and also … Continue reading Crazy Wisdom or Mental Imbalance? A psychological perspective: Part 2