David Bowie, Mary Finnegan and the Marketing of Tibetan Lamas

Mary Finnegan has a new book about David Bowie called the Psychedelic Suburbia: David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab.

You can read it in about two hours. It’s all about who was there, who was who and leaves one with the feeling of who cares.  Well, aficionados of David Bowie days will care and read it, particularly now that he is dead, and young people into bi-sexuality.   So will those curious about the  “sex, rock and roll” and  early drug scene in the sixties. A pretty large and  marketable crowd.

What is interesting is  that in Mary’s blog post  in 2013, in the archives at her website Flower Raj she writes about her motivation for writing,  which was to expose the”horror stories”  and the “dark side, the very dark side” of  Tibetan Buddhism that she sees has gone down a wrong path. This is because of corrupt Tibetan lamas, she says,  and the naiveté of old flower children, like Mary.

In this  post she also notes she became a “one-woman activist”  to expose her Lama Sogyal and his corruptions, as well as the shadow side of Tibetan Buddhism which she knew  quite well. She  was a one woman activist and she did expose Sogyal the predator Tibetan  lama , relentlessly , for she knew a great deal about the dark side of Tibetan Buddhism,  having been in his inner circle. She was one of his older  female students who ‘pimped” for him to find young ,  naive women to join his Lama harem.  Unknown to the public, pimping for their lamas is a common task of devoted Western Tibetan Buddhists inside their communities or sanghas.  Mary also  writes explicitly about her  experience,  in her  short memoir about Sogyal  and her days in Rigpa :“Behind the Thangkas,”

This would have been the better book and more helpful to the younger generation who sadly now will  be fooled by this book  about David Bowie  since  Mary  was a feminist voice for the many women that had been abuse by this Tibetan lama and so many others like him. Another feminist voice with experience of the sexual abuse inside these Tibetan Buddhists sanghas that  appears to be silenced.

As Mary  says, “she was going to walk away from” Tibetan Buddhism, and “never come back.”. But  unfortunately for her  and all those she could have warned, her new teacher Namkai Norbu , and his “genius” kept that from happening.

Yes, Norbu is a genius, Mary.

He made sure  you  didn’t write this other book, the one everyone thought was  was coming-  the  full length book  about Sogyal and  his  and all the corruptions of these exiled Tibetan lamas- their “greed” their  “sexual exploitation” and their “political skullduggery, ” as you experienced it.    Instead you wrote another book, a subtle,  marketing tool for the Tibetan lamas.  Now  Mary connects Tibetan Buddhism to  David Bowie, again, in case anyone forgot and is  a book that puts the Tibetan lamas  only in a  good light. In fact, Sogyal the predator lama and Tibetan Buddhism’s sexual exploitations  is not mentioned at all.   It certainly reveals none of the shadow side, the “very dark side” that Mary once felt so passionately needed to be told.  Instead,  Mary’s  Tibetan Buddhism  and the lamas are nicely  piggybacked on a book about David Bowie that is sure to sell, at least for a while. Now that he is dead.

That’s enough for the lamas. After all the Dalai Lama’s picture to sell Apple computers was enough to keep a halo on him for decades. So why not try it again? With David Bowie? Again.  Just like in 1969.

Mary’s book will now  do exactly what Mary’s other book, the one she didn’t write,  was going to expose and condemn: the marketing of the Tibetan lama’s  tantric Vajrayana Buddhism- their”greatest asset. ”  It will be promoted to a new group of “naive westerners” like Mary’s generation,  the  retro-hippie, retro-punk  millennials and any of the nostalgic,  old,  flower children that weren’t caught in the net of Tibetan tantra the first time around.

All  thanks to Mary, a new generation will see David Bowie as their canonized  “saint” and role model  as another generation before them did.   As with Allen  Ginsberg – they will  positively pair Bowie with Tibetan Buddhism.    A new “chip” is  planted in another generation’s minds.  This will be the third generation now of minds  that the Tibetan lamas hope to  manipulate and completely dumb-down,  with the help of famous icons, and their groupies,  like Mary.

The Tibetan lamas are nothing, if not clever marketing professionals. After all, they have had over a thousand years to perfect their art.

Mary doesn’t refer to Trungpa  at Samye Ling  where Bowie first found Tibetan Buddhism and surely Trungpa.  I would guess it is because of the reputation  of Trungpa and his Vajrayana tantra and its sexual abuses that he imported into the United States later on.    Trungpa created chaos while using  the drug and rock and roll scene.   Samye Ling and the druggies and rock and roll stars that frequented there. They  were so helpful in spreading  his misogynistic and sexually abusive Tibetan “Buddhism” that Trungpa  right away went about  using the California rock and rollers  here in the United  States,  to ride in on his tantric carpet.   You see,  in Tibetan Buddhism “anything goes” if it creates chaos and confusion in your host countries in the West,  where Trungpa had come to purposely create an  “enlightened dictatorship.”  He told us that all the time.  So pairing up  with  Joni Mitchell and other rock and roll stars in California and their drug scene was just as helpful in marketing him as it was with David Bowie almost fifty years ago…. so why not again? For a new group of star-struck groupies?

Trungpa was  acting  openly about his and Tibetan Buddhism’s institutional , sexual exploitation of women for all the public to see. The other lamas hated that.  That is probably why Norbu,  Mary’s new guru to obey, made sure she left Trungpa out of the book.   Trungpa was revealing the truth about Tibetan Buddhism  and its medieval  Lamaism , which so much of it he seemed to dislike,  but stuck in the 11the century himself like a little tulku and  still under his own guru lamas’  thumbs, he just couldn’t break away and decided to create his “Enlightened Kingdom ” in Canada.   You see all the Tibetan lamas are guru worshipers too , just like their Western devotees.  This keeps everyone in line.


I sometimes,  in my now less frequent, nostalgic moments about Trungpa, think he was trying to always warn us about what he was up to- ” Nothing is going to save you”   and ‘don’t believe in anything without first checking it out,  not even me”.  He said these things over and over. You could say it was one of his themes. Then Trungpa’s  notorious regent, Thomas Rich,  whose AIDS virus, his inner circle of guru-worshiping  Western cult members  hid from the community while obligingly still pimped for him to find homosexual partners , caused the death  of at least one of his young male students. This  blew everything wide open again,  another scandal in Tibetan Buddhism.   It was all over the news,  but Tibetan lamas, just like our corrupted politicians,  have protected Tibetan Buddhism by   hiding their institutionalized sexual abuses.   They all hope that everyone today , particularly as Westerners are kept constantly  distracted,  will  forget last week’s news, never mind the news reported  twenty years ago.

Trungpa’s   Regent’s  bisexuality would have been so cool to exploit  and pair up with David Bowie in these gender- fluid and confusing times, ,  except for that elephant in the room- his student dying of AIDS.

Tibetan Buddhism also got a lot of mileage with Allen Ginsberg and the poetry scene of the Beats, as well. That eventually inspired  Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, that has served as a constant recruiting tool to   suck in the  naive young into  the Tibetan Tantra calling itself “Buddhism.”

The rock and roll and the literati , along with the Hollywood glitterati and  now add the  LGBT crowd,   considering David Bowie’s  gender fluid selves, are   the “marketing assets” of these  Tibetan lamas.  Just think about Richard Gere , who represents the Hollywood shill for the Dalai Lama with  so many, second generation lama targets to fool , the  middle-class  “progressive” bourgeoisie, who grew up in the 80’s.

The Lamas have helped the West hate itself  for three generations now  and it seems this third generation is well-primed for the final civilization melt-down, lacking it seems in  any gratitude to their own  Western lineage and our ancestors who fought so hard to free us from God Kings, like the lamas.   Perhaps they will wake up before its too late.

Anyway, what Mary leaves out of her blog post, written in 2013, under “controversy” is that Namkai Norbu was also in the middle of the circle of celebrity lamas and their wagons, protecting Sogyal the abuser when the CBC documentary in Canada aired. This endorsement, protection and therefore enabling  of Sogyal by her new Tibetan teacher Norbu was happening  at the same time that Mary was attempting so hard to expose Sogyal and get someone to listen  through her “one woman activism”and writings.

In fact, Namkai Norbu wrote a glowing letter of endorsement for Sogyal in the summer of 2011, right after the expose documentary film was released. He had a picture taken of the two lamas together, him and Sogyal,  glad-handing and arm hugging. Both the letter and picture were immediately put up on Sogyal’s “Rigpa” website as damage control for all the Tibetan lamas, who all were panicking, knowing how dangerous this film about Sogyal was to all of them.

Mary also seems oblivious to the fact that Norbu, her new Tibetan teacher, would not appreciate her “one woman activism” at all. He had come out officially in his own sangha against “feminism” explicitly, wrote about it in his published talks for his sangha, and had hounded Tsultrim Allione,  a female Tibetan teacher, into ‘heretic land” along with the rest of the Lama mafia who compelled her into silence  with the threat of excommunication and hell realms from the Lama cartel for trying to expose the sexual abuse of these high Tibetan lamas. She, too, was completely silenced – with a hat of her own and a throne.

Norbu had actually declared that “feminism and Dzogchen”  the latter his specialty Buddhist practice, could never be compatible. The two were not possible to do together. He wrote these anti-feminist screeds as he was bad mouthing feminists like Ms. Allione. He made it quite clear that you couldn’t be a feminist and a Dzogchen practitioner at the same time. I  bring this up, because Mary does mention Norbu and “Dzogchen as a marketing pitch for her new lama.

Interestingly,  Mary can still refer to herself as a ‘feminist’ in the same breath as being a  “Dzogchen student of Norbu”   without the predictable Norbu condemnation. May I suggest what  changed is that the Tibetan Lamas have taken up one of their many politically- correct masks,,  the one labelled  “feminism”   among their marketing props.

This mask was specially created to fool all Western women into believing that the Tibetan lamas are feminist activists, too.  That’s why  the Dalai Lama said, “I am a feminist,   while he and his diaspora of exiled Tibetan lamas  turn everything they touch into chaos to undermine our Western culture that differentiates us from eleventh century medieval rule, a priestly patriarchy that negates female energy  except for birthing  their tulkus and  being their sexual consorts.

Just like in Old Tibet. That’s what they want to create all over the world.  They are all stuck in  Tibet circa 1130 A.D. , while only physically here on their thrones. They teach  Westerners,  that are foolish enough to walk into their trap,   to  mouth empty,  double talk  just like them,  repeating the words the lamas  have learned from the West  like:  “compassion,”   “feminism” “peace” and “equality” and  even  “ecology,” too. They manage to create Western  “empty vessels,” that’s what they told us all to become,  detached from   family,  children and  stable relations – that’s all there in Mary’s book , children who had to adapt to a topsy-turvy lifestyle while Mary was pursuing “enlightenment” and  David Bowie.    Middle class values that are   Western values -they were the first things that had to go, when following the Tibetan Lamas.

Guru worshipers like Mary  are only focused on  two things:  promoting their gurus  and adoring their gurus and , of course making  lots of money with popular books about Tibetan Buddhism being seen in good light,  so they can give lots of this money to their gurus.  Aren’t these Tibetan gurus clever?  Killing two birds with one stone?     The goal of all  Tibetan lamas is to make us their slaves, and if not that,  at  least not pay attention to their behaviors and beliefs that are anathema to our ideas of freedom, equality and democratic principles.  They do this by making us believe  they are helping to make us free and are bringing the keys to “happiness and peace.”   It’s  their  greatest and most clever  “bait and switch.”  That way we will let our own Western culture, values and ethics slip away.  Inside a medieval dream.

Now Mary,  like the few Western Tibetan Buddhists feminists before her – I can count them on one hand and not use all my fingers-  those  who have tried to speak out and get the Western world to wake up and listen- is never going to speak  a negative word again, at least not about  her Tibetan masters, her gurus and their abuses.  That’s what always happens when the lamas  fold someone back into their tantric net. Tantra actually means “net.”

Mary’s lips are now sealed forever.   Norbu, and his Dzogchen trick up his sleeve,  made sure that  happened. Mary is probably never going to be allowed to walk away.

Not with what Mary knows.

.They “got cha ” Mary.

These clever lamas .

They almost always do.

Particularly the flower children that want to still live in the twenty-something world of their old rock and roll glory days. After all, it is the dream world that your new teacher,  Norbu,  has always said is what is “really true.”



Christine A. Chandler, M.A., C.A.G.S.


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Tibetan Guru Cults Recruit by Stealth





Lodro Rinzler, Director of  the Shambhala  Center  in Chelsea NY,  and long-time student of his guru, Osel Mukpo, son of Trungpa,  whose father  brought his sexually exploitative tantric cult from Tibet to the West , is morphing by distancing  from Tibetan lama scandals  in order to  find  new ways to recruit for  Tibetan Lamaism and his guru.

Not being satisfied with their decreasing enrollments and the  increasingly tarnished reputation of Tibetan Buddhism in general,  with its  sexual exploitation and tantric Law of Inversion,  that allows deception and  hiding one’s true intent    Mr. Rinzler has recently co-founded the  MNDFL center in Greenwich Village, NYC.

Rinzler’s Tibetan Buddhist  and Shambhala affiliations , at least for now, are left out of his  bio under “teachers”  on his  MNDFL center’s website. 

An Achayra of Shambhala International, Eric Spiegel, is a  financial investor  and member of  Shambhala.  He  is also on-board as a  teacher on the  tantric meditation train at MNDFL , someone who has been a cult member for forty years.  His is a devotee of   his dead  guru Trungpa,  Trungpa’s notorious Western regent, Thomas Rich  and now  Trungpa’s  son, Osel Mukpo ,  God King and  earth protector as well as the  ruler of the Shambhala Kingdom according to Mr. Spiegel’s  third eye.

Even Mr. Mukpo Jr.’s  devotee and  cook is listed as a teacher at MNDFL.

Sharon Salzberg, popular author ,  now devotee of Tibetan lamas  and listed as a teacher at MNDFL,  is also the enabler  and guru-worshiper of  the sexual predator,  lama Sogyal Rinpoche.  She perfectly  represents the new Western Buddhist who has  merged her mind and her other Buddhist practice with her Tibetan lama gurus  but pretends to be just a teacher of  simple meditation to help people relax.


MNDFL is the the  trial balloon of these merged eastern cult streams to see how many people can be caught in their Buddhist-Hindu religious net.

The most cultic group of Tibetan Lamaism pretending to be westernized

The Shambhala cult and their God King, Trungpa’s son on his throne.

Guru-worshiping members of Shambhala,  like Mr. Rinzler and Mr. Spiegel and the cook , along with other Western Tibetan Buddhists,   are always scheming,  24/7,  on how to bring more students into their fold.  Now they have decided to just pretend  they are not doing this  by creating a stripped down meditation center seemingly without any religious affiliations at all.

Their new “meditation boutique” charges for each meditation session, or in packages by the month. This is  for those who are turned off by the proselytizing of Tibetan Buddhism, Hindu Ashrams and other religious meditation centers and want to learn to meditate without being recruited by a cult.  Like the one Mr. Rinzler  is still fanatically devoted to , teaches at,  and  recruits for, non-stop.   Not only is Mr. Rinzler the director of the Chelsea  Shambhala center,  but he writes books and articles and teaches Shambhala meditation for his guru at various  Shambhala and other venues throughout the year. 

Mr. Rinzler’s own specialty  for the last decade in the organization has been trying to be cool and hip to reach millennials and  seduce them into his  Shambhala organization.

“You can just hang out and grab some tea” says  Mr. Rinzler, the   MNDFL’s “chief spiritual officer.” You can also buy  ” MNDFL-branded mugs, tees, totes and $150 meditation cushion sets”  when you first come through the door and will be none the wiser that you have entered a place of affiliated Hindu and Buddhist cult religions and their fanatics.   Or that most senior officials of Shambhala International are part of the Tibetan Lama  Karme Kagyu cartel- a medieval,  Trojan horse and running the  MNDFL show.

MNDFL is the clever corporate  “Mindful-branding” -the new commodity label for ‘environmental awareness,” “sustainability”,  and “healthy living”  being  tied into “meditation.”   Even the “tiny house” movement is part of the new MNDFL brand. Hoping to reach  a new generation, they are now  being  manipulated by corporations and cults  all hooked up now together in a  “A Spiritual Materialistic Explosion” to create the new spiritual commodity of meditation to dumb the world down,  but keep them shopping.

This is a “secular spirituality”  created and spearheaded by an 11th century priesthood of misogynistic theists and brigands with their  guru-worshipers and Western enablers who are programmed by their atavistic Tibetan  leaders  to be the least mindful and aware people in the room.

Shambhala International’s favorite shills for its deceits have always been expected to be great recruiters and entrepreneurs  as well as devoted students   to its  Tibetan  lama  lineage of their now  dead Trungpa (gurus never die they  just reincarnate).   Trungpa’s son, Osel Mukpo,  featured above on his throne,   whose  royal garb alternates with his specially tailored , priestly  robes, depending on the occasion,   rules his organization like a patriarchal,  wannabe Arab prince.  He puts”materialism”  boldly out front   in  the new movement of   “spiritual materialism, ” a term his father coined for quite a different reason.

The  real estate of  their guru,  Mr. Mukpo  Jr. and his  250 Shambhala Tibetan Buddhist centers, world- wide,  has to keep  expanding and always needs free labor,   constant cash donations  and  lots of membership-dues  as well as a  fresh  and continuous supply  of  younger devotees to do the Tibetan lamas’  bidding.  This bidding includes  becoming proselytizers and true-believers, like Mr. Rinzler, Mr. Spiegel and the cook.  It is also always hoped that their will be some attractive  young female  students  to become one of  the many  serial sexual consorts for the  Tibetan Lamas and their  cartel .  It is not unusual for these humble monk lamas on thrones to  share their Western sexual consorts among each other. Pimping  for their gurus can be another important duty  of devoted  Western Tibetan Buddhists in the  guru’s inner circle.

Plying people with cookies and tea and “social gatherings, ”  like the MNDFL is doing,   has  always been  Shambhala International’s  “modus operandi” – its love-bombing and seduction techniques at their own Shambhala  centers for the last forty years.    Nothing new about this deceptive strategy.  Shambhala members always follow  their  manuals  to  attract and keep new students in their net.  This makes creativity limited among their  Shambhala cookie- cutter presentators and why they keep re-inventing the wheel always resulting  in a constant stream of “theme and little variation” schemes.   But now they have decided to pretend there  MNDFL center has no other affiliations.    Just a “space to breathe” they all say as they slowly tighten the Tibetan Buddhist Hindu tantric net and yoke.

Shambhala International ‘s traditional  enrollment numbers are always in flux, despite their latest money-making scheme of  bringing  Shambhala cult teachings online.  This  constant dip in membership is  very dangerous for  their guru’s  lavish lifestyle ,  along with  his enrollment ambitions that  always fall about nine million, nine hundred and  ninety-five thousand members short of  his ten million member mark.

You wont find any lectures, elaborate Tibetan shrines  and banners at MNDFL,   since these things  are clearly turning people off ,  so Mr. Rinzler  and pals have  simply stripped it down completely,  and cleaned it up to look like a “meditation mall. ”

But this is not a group of diverse meditation instructors or secular meditators,  as they deceptively claim. Almost all of them are affiliated with Tibetan Buddhist cults and/ or Hindu, Vedic and  Yogic teachings- i.e. Tibetan Buddhism’s  Tantric roots, and most  are in the Shambhala International organization or affiliated with it.

The Theravada and Zen groups , along with their Hindu tantric brethren, have  recently  joined forces with Tibetan Buddhism, the most popular, unfortunately,  in the United States.  They have decided there is strength in numbers so they have united in their consumer marketing campaign. This makes their real intent invisible to the public  by  it being embedded  into so many  meditation choices that  ultimately lead to the same place.

As Mr. Rinzler says,  “Well, we like to think of it as a meditation university”!

“Meditation and Mindfulness ” is the new  commodity  tied into certain  multi-national corporations and created  by these Tibetan Buddhist lamas  and their Western guru-worshiping enablers, like Mr. Rinzler,  Mr. Spiegel,  Ms. Salzberg and the cook.  Deception to reach the masses and fold them into their religious net is perfectly acceptable according to  Tibetan Buddhism’s tantric rules.  But their  goal is not to make people more mindful and aware through meditation,   as they say,  but more passive and easily manipulated, apolitical and turning inward,   at least until they are all on board with Mr. Rinzler and company  with their religious-political ambitions.

Now that  Tibetan Buddhist groups,  like Shambhala, have joined forces and are  tied into  multinational corporatism,   the other Buddhist and Hindu tantric groups have jumped on board.  Corporatism now has a stealth religious arm that has MNDFL as the new brand.

Multinational corporations learned so much when they outsourced in Asia watching their Eastern corporate partners in third-world countries keep their  Hindu and Buddhist workers easily  accepting of their   eighty- hour- work weeks with little pay and no complaint .  “It’s just my karma” they say.  If you add  a Tibetan guru-worshiping component to the mix,   you can make people your slaves  as these  Western global corporations soon found out.

Even better,  if they model  Western Tibetan Buddhists,  like at Shambhala International ,  or like  the Tibetans of old,  they will get them to  pay their lama gurus to work like slaves for them.
In this respect, Mr. Rinzler is operating according to the Dalai Lama’s  far-reaching and equally deceptive grand plan.  Mr. Rinzler is not just pushing his own guru’s   spiritually materialistic  scheming .   This mindfulness meditation commodity  is the new product  and general business model for Tibetan  lamas’ everywhere now,  to hasten their religious infiltration by  insinuating  themselves  into every crook and cranny of  Western culture through a   “spiritual secularism” and “meditation movement, ” and the new MNDFL- Mindful brand.

They can only hope that  the millennials and burnt-out professionals, with hefty trust funds and  six figure salaries, who unwittingly come through their doors and keep coming back,  will remain none the wiser, until they are “caught” in the sticky net of the Hindu-Tibetan tantra. Tantra  translates as a “net” in Sanskrit.

The  fanatic guru-worshiping members  like Mr. Rinzler, Mr. Spiegel, Ms. Salzberg and the cook ,   whose own minds are  always merged with their  gurus,  repeating a looping  tape that whispers in their ears this mantra over and over:   “recruit, recruit, recruit,”  will soon tip their  hands.

I wonder how long  it will take? For the new meditators at MNDFL to  figure out they have been duped?

Knowing how impossible it is for guru-worshipers like Mr. Rinzler, Mr. Spiegel, Ms Salzberg and the cook  to not speak glowingly and incessantly about the wonders of their “enlightened”  teachers and masters and their occult Tibetan Buddhism,   I  predict  it  wont take very long .



Christine A Chandler


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