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.