Buddhist Leader Accused of Sexual Assault

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  1. mindingmymind

    mindingmymind New Member

    Here's a story (the first several paragraphs are pasted below):

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...-leader-steps-down-over-sexual-assault-claims

    The head of one of the west’s largest Buddhist groups has stepped down while allegations of sexual assault and misconduct are investigated.

    Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the leader of the Shambhala Buddhist community – an organisation with more than 200 meditation centres globally – will “step back from his administrative and teaching responsibilities”, a statement said.
    He resigned after the publication of a report on sexual misconduct within the group, which included stories from women who claim he sexually assaulted them. The report, by a leadership coach and active member of the US Shambhala community, Andrea Winn, also claims Shambhala International ignored the issue.

    It includes stories claiming the sakyong – which translates as king, emperor or governor – sexually assaulted women when drunk and used kusung(volunteers who assist him) “to procure women students for his own sexual gratification”.
    This makes me pretty sad. It's difficult to see that somebody with so much training in looking at desire and its effects can also be overcome by those desires. Part of it makes me wonder how I can do it if somebody like this can't. On the other hand, it also shows how powerful the sexual urge is--it can overtake people of so many different religious and moral backgrounds. We're all susceptible.

    I, myself, am an erstwhile Buddhist and so have plenty of empathy for him (though also plenty of anger as well, since he also abused his power and position). I'm especially upset since his book, Turning the Mind Into an Ally, is one of my favorite Buddhist books. He has so much wisdom and understanding, but also has his own demons (as do I).
     
  2. jack91

    jack91 Find your way throuh Staff Member

    Things like these are bummer for sure but i somehow understand. Porn, sex boobs everything anywhere, oversexual society and sexual lust has become norm. Amount of hardcomings my own sexuality has brought me. Porn was cherry on top of the cake. And all that together made my life hell. Sexual misinformation and lack of guidance is becoming a great problem. Seems this man is substance abuser, porn user also maybe? No human is safe from lust and if you have wrong information many are sure to fail. I hope he finds way out of lust and finds child like blis
     
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