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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