The facade presented by one of Tibetan Buddhism's best known representatives is coming unravelled.
Buddhahood in one life - is it really that simple?
As far as I know the writers of the now-famous letter are not pushing for charges to be brought against Sogyal Lakar, which is a shame because without a court case it is going to be much easier for the whole thing to be brushed under the carpet within a year or so.
Valuable views are, however, being exchanged, and I recommend this article as a clear statement of where we are in late October 2017:
As I understand it, however, the police in Montpellier are carrying out an investigation, so something may come of it.
Having found the work of keeping track of useful and/or interesting links on the web to be far more than I have time for, I gave it up. Years ago.
Some people, nevertheless, do have time for it, thank goodness. So if that’s what you’re looking for here is a valuable start: the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies.
Is the mindfulness meditation that has become popular in recent years a form of Buddhism in disguise?
A good question, although some might deny it hotly. Some of these movements claim to be fully secularized, perhaps to have “abandoned the cultural baggage” of Buddhism. All the same, they often still enjoy the cachet of having roots in the mysterious Orient, so the question remains a fair one.
From the traditional point of view, the answer is surely a clear Read more
I stumbled across this clip on youtube.
The musical style is typically westernised Chinese, but I do have a special soft spot for the clip, since the highly pixellated version of the rotating mantra at the beginning (from 9 seconds through to about 25 seconds) has been lifted from a DOS (yes!) graphic I wrote in around 1992! Read more
What a difference a word makes! Sogyal Rinpoche, as he is known, is "disgraced".