Sexual Abuse and the Guru Cult of Tibetan Buddhism


A western Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Thomas Rich,  a.k.a. Osel Tendzin,  Regent of and lineage holder 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 the dead Trungpa’s Tantric practitioners, have been  instrumental in bringing us the mindfulness movement that has exploded all over the United States. These are the role models and creators of this mindfulness movement, with now hundreds  of their own mindfulness centers, to teach others to be as mindless and unaware as they are: delusional devotees and thought-controlled members of a sexually abusive guru cult of Tantra and slaves to their Tibetan gurus; who have vowed to keep their sexual abuses a secret and to obey them in all things, no matter how illegal, criminal or absurd.

Behind this mindfulness movement is the Dalai Lama and Trungpa’s early students, along with certain Zen and Theravada lineages that have merged. They hope, besides making a fortune,  to confuse masses of people with their mindfulness 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;  in order to obscure and push the Tibetan lamas’ misogynistic and sexually abusive cult on the world.

Behind the mindfulness movement is the  Trojan horse of Tantra, creating chaos all over the world; that advocates pedophilia; that encourages polyamorous relationships;  allows their Tibetan lamas to keep harems of women;  pushes the concept of “no-good-no bad” ethics;  and substitutes irrationality and  emotions over reason in order to destabilize western society. It’s mindfulness teachers others not to judge any of these things as right or wrong.  Because that is the point of these Tibetan Tantric cults to weaken the West and destabilize western civilization to usher in the Dalai Lama’s Adi-Buddha world. He has fooled the large segments of the  West, India, Europe and now China, again.

Several years after the Regent scandal broke and was covered over, and swept under the rug, the same inner circle of the now dead Trungpa and his Regent,  continued their cover-ups when a sixty-year- old member, college professor and Shambhala teacher had sex with the ten-old daughter of another community member.  The case is  quietly settled out of court. Both the victim’s parent  and the perpetrator of the pedophile abuse were Tantric students of Trungpa; Tantric practitioners who had vowed to keep the secrets of the lamas and their abusive beliefs. This Vajradhatu/Shambhala group, still reeling from the Regent scandal, couldn’t afford this news reaching the public and exposing the whole stinking mess of Tibetan Tantra. Besides, daughters and  sons, husbands and wives, are secondary to protecting the secrets of Tantra and your gurus. This western teacher is given a slap on the hand by the administration of the organization  that takes “nothing happens”  to heart. They make it a slogan, “nothing happens”  and put it on 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”Wheel of Time, 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.

In a few years,  after covering-up the abuse of this  ten-year old child, by one of their own, this professor and long-time western Tantric teacher in Trungpa’s group is appointed as a director of one of their Shambhala satellite centers by the Shambhala International administration and with Trungpa’s son’s approval;   the new King of Shambhala. As usual, they see nothing wrong in promoting this teacher in their organization.  In their world view and ‘religion’  there is “no-right-no-wrong” and nothing really happened in their delusional world to make any fuss about. If you reframe it all as leading to the realization of  non-duality,  beyond good and bad, then everything is “basically good.”  These are the mindfulness -whisperers and Buddhist role models  who actually believe they are bring the world an ‘enlightened society.

In 2014 ,  Naropa University, the first  Tibetan Tantric college  in the West,  founded by this same Tibetan lama, Chogyam Trungpa, and staffed and run by members of the previous Vajradhatu Board, maintain their guru vows and forty-five  years of denial with their usual knee-jerk cover-up behaviors for all Asian gurus who are part of their atavistic world.

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