A western Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Thomas Rich, a.k.a. Osel Tendzin, regent of the late Chogyam Trungpa, who brought Tantric Buddhism to the west, seduces his mostly heterosexual male students into the higher Tantric practices of the Vajrayana to prove their devotion to him. His inner coterie of western students and Vajradhatu Board know he has the HIV virus but believe, as he does, that their medieval Tantric practices will prevent him from passing this deadly virus on. They allow him to continue to have sex with his students, some even procure serial partners for him. After all, this is their appointed guru, their master of the Vajrayana Tantra and”enlightened” lineage holder of their first teacher, Chogyam Trungpa.
Tibetan “Buddhism” is really Hindu Tantric guru-worship, layered over with Buddhist concepts, that creates dysfunctional, delusional, thought-controlled cult groups, made up of unquestioning devotees, deeply and systematically programmed to believe the world is an illusion and that a guru’s desires and wishes are a command to be unquestioningly obeyed. Sexual encounters with many bliss partners are also encouraged by the Tibetan Tantra teachings and many of these Tibetan lamas have serial mistresses or keep harems for their atavistic, sexually driven practices.
This board of directors of Trungpa’s Vajradhatu (now renamed Shambhala International) including an American physician, let this AIDS- infecting guru seduce and continue to have sex with hundreds of mostly straight, male students to prove their devotion to him and their commitment to Tantra, while keeping back crucial information from the members of this community, for years, putting hundreds of members of the community in harm’s way. Not only the men that the Regent abused and exploited, but also their girlfriends and wives.
Inevitably, at least one of his students was infected along with the young man’s girlfriend. It makes national news. This young man’s subsequent death was caused as much by these guru-cult influences as the AIDS virus itself; influences that continue to enable the behavior of Tibetan Tantric Buddhist lamas to this day.
For the Western devotees of this Tibetan Buddhist lineage of the Lama Trungpa, it is all just crazy wisdom, leading to a great and profound teaching of ‘one taste’, i.e. that things are neither good nor bad but pure in themselves. Not even apologies are given to the young man’s family for all the chaos and suffering they caused, while it was often overheard in the delusional, cult-chatter of this Vajrayana Tantric group that the young man’s death was a result of the guru’s “blessings, ” and accelerating his ‘karmic cleansing’ for his future rebirth-all to quicken his path to enlightenment.
Since history is taught to be an illusion, and facts are considered not to exist in all Tibetan Buddhist groups- the white-washed and re-named organization, Shambhala International , is now video streaming this Tantric teacher on several of its recruiting websites; honoring this sexual exploiter that caused at least one death among his devotees. The Regent’s still delusional students are now creating new centers along the east coast in the United States. They believe twenty-five years is enough time to wipe out the memory of the truth about what this group did.
Tibetan Tantric groups are always creating made-up lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, but this one is the same old Trungpa/Regent Vajradhatu group, reinvented and repackaged with the help of the Tibetan lamas in the United States, calling itself the Dzogchen Meditation Center. It also reveals how corrupt all Tibetan Tantric lamas are, without exception, who would rehabilitate this AIDS- killing dead Regent and be supporting and teaching at his centers as though nothing had happened because in their atavistic medieval minds, nothing did.
Tibetan Tantra and, in particular, this group of Tantric practitioners, have been instrumental in bringing us the mindfulness movement that has exploded all over the United States. It is these delusional devotees of Tantra, who believe all is an illusion and that GOD Kings should rule the earth and be obeyed without question, who are the models and creators of this mindfulness movement. They are creating hundreds of their own mindfulness centers, to teach others to become as mindful and aware as they have always been; delusional devotees of a thought -controlling cult of Tantra. Behind this mindfulness movement is the Tantric cult of Tibetan Lamaism, the Dalai Lama and Trungpa’s early students. It hopes to confuse masses of people into becoming as passive, confused and delusional as Trungpa’s cult of devotees have always been; unable to tell right from wrong, unable to judge what to accept or reject, filled with the deceit and lies of Tantra to push the Tibetan lamas’ misogynistic and sexually abusive cult on the world. If they succeed it will be the end of our western civilization.
Several years after this Regent scandal of Trungpa’s group broke and was covered over, a sixty-year -old western cult member and teacher of this same Shambhala group has sex with the ten- year old daughter of another community member. The case is quietly settled out of court. This teacher and promiscuous student of Tantra is given a slap on the hand by a group that takes “nothing happens” to heart. This slogan, “nothing happens” is soon on their car bumper stickers, from San Francisco to Boulder to Boston, reminding each other and the world that all is an illusion, anyway. Besides, the Tantric teachings, including the Dalai Lama’s Kalachakra secret teachings, recommends a ten or eleven- year- old girl, from an outcast class, as the ‘ideal consort’ for the Lamas and their couple bliss practices. Sixteen and twenty year old females were also ideal.
In 2014 , Naropa University, the first Tibetan tantric college in the West, founded by this same Chogyam Trungpa, staffed and run by members of this same Vajradhatu Board maintain their guru vows and forty-five years of denial and knee-jerk cover-up behaviors for all their gurus.