His Holiness the Dalai Lama banned the practice of the Shugden deity more than ten years ago. Here is a link to a story explaining the reasons, from Time Magazine, reproduced from the Canada Tibet Committee website, where it was posted in 2008: http://tibet.ca/en/newsroom/wtn/3218 This practice is associated with the New Kadampa Tradition and their Canadian... Read more »
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Sorry I missed this conference, put on recently in Montréal. Myozen pointed out to me that there was a talk entitled “Zen has no morals!” which dealt with some recent sexual abuse scandals involving Zen teachers. Here is a PDF of his paper: 20120707_Hamacher_ICSA Manipulation and Victimization The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) will be conducting its 2012... Read more »
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http://coolopolis.blogspot.ca/2009/12/quiz-whos-guy-on-left.html http://coolopolis.blogspot.ca/2010/04/more-tyndale-martin-and-his-greatheart.html Even though some of the details are wrong, these articles are still cause for sadness. Buddhism in Canada has come a long way in the past 40 years. Many of the original members of the community which became Greatheart (including me) have gone on to make valuable contributions. Nothing is ever fully black... Read more »
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I’ve been having a few online conversations recently about Buddhist cults, and whether or not I should be de-listing certain centres from the canadianbuddhism.info directory on the basis of allegations about them. My position has been to take centres at face value and list them, but to openly share negative news on the Sumeru website.... Read more »
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Unfortunately, the story of dharma in the west is not all sweetness and light. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama says: “When teachers break the precepts, behaving in ways that are clearly damaging to themselves and others, students must face the situation, even though this can be challenging, criticize openly, that’s the only way.” Here is the... Read more »
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