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
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