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
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?
This is the second installment of our blog posts referencing Dr Alexander Berzin's Wise Teacher, Wise Student: Tibetan Approaches to a Healthy Relationship. Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2010. Part one on historical and cultural factors affecting the student teacher relationship in Tibetan Buddhism can be found HERE. The chapter on Dealing with Problematic Teachers includes a contemplation that … Continue reading A Healing Contemplation for Students of Problematic Teachers. Berzin. Part 2
Only by understanding the situation fully can we remove the misunderstandings that lead to a situation where students can be abused. If those misunderstandings continue to be propagated the same thing can happen again elsewhere.