Mindfulness and Sexual Abuse: The Guru Cult of Tibetan Buddhism


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.

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