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 will care and read it, particularly now that he is dead, and young people into his music, and the idea of a “fluid” self as a life choice. 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 reveals her reason for writing: to expose the”horror stories” and “dark side, the very dark side” of Tibetan Buddhism because of corrupt Tibetan lamas, she says, and the naiveté of old flower children like Mary.
In this post she notes that she had become a “one-woman activist” exposing Lama Sogyal and his corruptions and the shadow side of Tibetan Buddhism which she knew well. Mary did become a one woman activist and she did expose Sogyal, the predator Tibetan lama , relentlessly, in article after article in the British Guardian. Mary had been in Lama Soygal’s inner circle for years. She was even one of his older, female students who ‘pimped” for him finding young and naive women to join his Lama harem. Unknown to the public, pimping for their Tibetan lamas is a common task for many devoted Western students inside their communities or sanghas.
Mary is even more explicit about her experiences in her short memoir about Sogyal, written anonymously, about her days in his Rigpa community entitled: “Behind the Thangkas,”
This would have been the better book and more helpful to the younger generation who will, sadly, be fooled by Tibetan “Buddhism” as so many before them have been by this book about David Bowie and his early days at Samye Ling. Sadly, because Mary was almost a feminist voice for the many women abused by this Tibetan lama and so many others like him–a feminist voice with experience of the sexual abuse inside these Tibetan Buddhists sanghas that now appears forever silenced. The lamas have been silencing their women for hundreds of years. They don’t have to put them in burqas–they just have to control their minds.
As Mary says, “she was going to walk away” from Tibetan Buddhism, and “never come back.” Unfortunately for her and all those she could have warned, her new Tibetan lama 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 reinforces the connection between Tibetan Buddhism and David Bowie, if anyone forgot.
More importantly, the Tibetan lamas, who had to seduce Mary back into their fold, made sure she wrote this one, the one that is about keeping Tibetan lamas in a good light. In fact, Sogyal, the predator lama, that the Dalai Lama honors and protects while calling himself a”feminist” is not mentioned at all.
Amazing. These ancient propagandists and marketeers. Killing two birds with one stone. They get to do damage control for their precious ones, i.e. themselves, through Mary and this book. Another feminist they trapped back into their net. It seems the world is full of them now, who cry over the use of a negative word that might be “sexist,” while letting sexual abusers and rapists roam free, if they are part of politically correct agendas. The lamas got Mary to pair David Bowie with their occult Tibetan “Buddhism” again by using him as a “marketing asset’ for their vajryana tantra , now that he is dead. The very thing that Mary said she deplored.
After all the Dalai Lama’s picture to sell Apple computers was enough to keep a halo on him and his occult “Buddhism” for decades. Connecting yourself with celebrities worked for Chogyam Trungpa here in the U.S.as well. He paired himself with Allen Ginsberg, a member of NAMBLA. Joni Mitchell even wrote Trungpa into one of her songs.
Mary’s book will now market tantric Vajrayana Buddhism as the Tibetan lamas “greatest asset”–a book approved of by Namkai Norbu, who laughably pretends to his own students that he “isn’t political.” Now Tibetan “Buddhism” will be promoted to new groups of naïve westerners: the retro-hippie, retro-punk millennial, “am I a bisexual?” crowd and any nostalgic, old flower children that weren’t caught first time around in the net of tantra, like Mary was because of David Bowie.
New “chips” will planted in another generations’ group mind that are favorable to Tibetan Buddhism. This will be the third generation of minds that the Tibetan lamas hope to manipulate and dumb-down with their influences , their sticky spider web, their net of tantra with the help of Western brand-names.
Sogyal and the Dalai Lama and all the other Tibetan lamas and their groupies will be so happy if it works out as it did for Trungpa.
The Tibetan lamas are nothing if not clever marketing professionals. They’ve had over a thousand years to perfect their art .
Still, its odd that Mary doesn’t refer to Chogyam Trungpa when she writes about Samye Ling in her book–where Bowie first found his occult Tibetan Buddhism and surely found Chogyam Trungpa.
Trungpa was the head abbot at Samye Ling , the first tantric center of “crazy wisdom” in the West, where David Bowie found Trungpa.
But Trungpa isn’t mentioned. How strange.
Perhaps it’s because of what the lamas know about Trungpa, and his chaotic tantric storm cloud that gathered so much confusion in the West from which it has never recovered.
The drug and rock and roll scene that Trungpa gathered at Samye Ling when Westerners were being first programmed to hate their own civilization, was the perfect vehicle to introduce, by stealth, the playground for his “enlightened dictatorship. ” The rock and roll groupies and the anarchist avant-garde were so helpful in spreading Trungpa’s “Buddhism” throughout Britain that Trungpa set about using the same configuration in the United States right away.
In Tibetan Buddhism “anything goes” if it creates chaos and confusion in your host countries to eventually tame and then control them after the ‘shock and awe” period that may take a few generations. In fact being a Tibetan Buddhist is a program of its own in “shock and awe.” Trungpa had come to the West to purposely create confusion and chaos and then to provide his solution : his “enlightened dictatorship. ” He told us that was his goal all along, to create a monarchy of God Kings like himself. Asians with dreams of world empire, and who always take the long view –they are not taught to be in a rush, like us. Studying the “Art of War” inside and out, like Trungpa taught his military arm to do, he believed in “soft power” to create the Tibetan lamas’ own civilization jihad by stealth. “Infiltrate” he eventually told us– after he first got us into his tantric lama net. “Clean up your act, dress in suits and ties and cut your hair. Go out and spread the word.” Trungpa’s students have never stopped recruiting and propagandizing for their first guru and the vows they took to “create his world.” Pairing up with Allen Ginsberg and Joni Mitchell and other rock and roll stars in California and their drug scene, particularly the groupies, didn’t hurt either. These folks all became Trungpa’s first idiots utiles, in marketing him and helping him to cast his first net over a critical mass of our generation. Just as David Bowie was such a useful marketing tool to confuse a whole generation of trust-fund Brits in the late sixties…. so why not use him again? For a new group of star-struck groupies? David Bowie might have come out of his Tibetan Lama phase but not so for many of his groupies. That appears much harder for them.
Trungpa was acting openly about Tibetan Buddhism’s institutional , sexual exploitation of women ( and men) for all the public to see. The other lamas hated him for that. That is probably why Namkai Norbu, Mary’s new guru to obey, made sure she left Trungpa out of the book. Guru-worshipers always obey their lamas and Trungpa, you see, was unabashedly revealing the truth about Tibetan Buddhism and its medieval, misogynistic, androcentric Lamaism , which so much of the rest of it he seemed to dislike. He didn’t really like the hierarchy of Lamaism. Except for its medieval sexual practices and the confusion it can create in a group if you are a little tyrant tulku who wants to completely control others with your narcissistic, apocalyptic plans–plans shared by every other Tibetan lama on the planet earth while they fool everyone with their many Westernized masks.
Unlike these other deceptive lams, Trungpa never did try to to ingratiate himself by deceiving the world, as everyone of these other hypocritical lamas do, by pretending to be just about peace, happiness and “love.” He was unabashedly proclaiming North America as his land to conquer. Having more wit and a sense of humor, that none of these other lamas do, he couldn’t help but make a caricature of the British nobility combined with Asian totalitarian ambitions with his “Shambhala Court” at the end. At least that’s what I want to imagine, when I slip back into thought- controlled vestiges buried deep in the recesses of my mind. I find myself still wanting to excuse him for the mess that he created. “Maybe”, I ponder, “that’s why he drank himself to death.”
It’s hard, even for ex-Tibetan Buddhists, to not knee-jerk excuses for their first guru.
So sometimes, in my less frequent, nostalgic moments, thinking about Trungpa, I believe he was torn about what he was doing in the West and to us. He was always warning us about what he was really up to- ” Nothing is going to save you” he said and “don’t believe in anything without first checking it out, not even me”. His pet peeve with Westerners was their tendency toward “idiot compassion” Now the fruition of the progressive set and their dangerous idealism, with their malas and meditation, have brought a “pathological altruism” to a level of insanity, putting us all in harms’ way . “Compassion without wisdom” is idiotic, and “peace, love and light ” is for the “very spiritual naive.” That is what Trungpa was always telling us. You could say, without any exaggeration, those were Trungpa’s constant themes.
Then Trungpa’s notorious regent, Thomas Rich, got AIDS, and he and Trungpa kept it a secret while their inner circle of guru-worshiping Western cult members, obligingly still pimped to find him his homosexual partners, long after the cause of the spread of this deadly disease was well known. That is how stupid Westerners become inside these Tibetan Buddhist sanghas, who are taught that “facts don’t exist” and ” there is no right or wrong.” This caused the death of at least one of his young male students. This blew everything wide open again, when we used to have intrepid, investigative reporters, another scandal in Tibetan Buddhism that never quite goes away. Too serious, too awful, for even the distracted United States to completely forget. It’s there in our collective unconscious, always ready to rear it’s ugly head. So Trungpa is left out of Mary’s book about Bowie, even though that was the major influence in his life at the time.
Too, bad for the exploiters of Tibetan Buddhism and its mass cult control, because Trungpa’s Regent’s bisexuality, paired up with David Bowie would have been so cool to exploit 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 hooking up with Allen Ginsberg and the poetry scene of the Beats which inspired Trungpa’s Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. This place has continued to serve as a sucking machine to recruit new naive young people into Tibetan Buddhism and its cult of tantra year after year, sending out an army of more naïve young tantric “progressives” influenced by the “crazy wisdom” of Trungpa and his Tibetan tantra calling itself “Buddhism.” I am sure they are all designing classes over there at Naropa for the next generation of tantric social justice Shambhala warriors to create more confusion for a whole nation of sheep living in a herd, self-obsessed with themselves and their “fluid identities.”
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 also the “marketing assets” of these Tibetan lamas for the second generation of “progressive liberals” to fool. Like Richard Gere , who represents the Hollywood shill for the Dalai Lama. He never seemed very bright. The lamas had so many second generation targets to fool in the United States- the middle-class “progressive” bourgeoisie, who are now being used by Alinskyites for their communist agendas, who came of age in the 1980’s.
The Lamas have helped the West hate itself for three generations now and it seems this millennial, third generation is well-primed for the last civilization melt-down, a critical mass 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 these Tibetan lamas. Perhaps this generation will wake up before it’s too late. It seems there is always hope with each generation. Maybe they will start doing their own research, thanks to the internet, after realizing they are being massively programmed to not think, to not reason, but to react emotionally to the purposely planted memes in their heads by a globalist agenda in which these Tibetan Lamas are deeply involved. The lamas, you see, have an apocalyptic vision of the future where they hope to be the religious arm of a Brave New World. Millennials should start reading the real history of Tibet, like their mothers and fathers never bothered to do.
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 , too; the 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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