Mindfulness: Cult in Disguise
Lodro Rinzler, Director of the Shambhala Center in Chelsea NY, and long-time student of his guru, Osel Mukpo, son of Trungpa, whose father brought his sexually exploitative tantric cult from Tibet to the West , is morphing by distancing from Tibetan lama scandals in order to find new ways to recruit for Tibetan Lamaism and his guru.
Rinzler’s Tibetan Buddhist and Shambhala affiliations , at least for now, are left out of his bio under “teachers” on his MNDFL center’s website. Update: they have decided to boldly declare they are Tibetan Buddhists on their site. They know the ordinary person doesn’t know this means being a member of a guru-worshiping cult, but feel that enough liberal progressive New Yorkers, a major target of Tibetan Lamas and their delusional, western devotees, will not know this is NOT a cool thing.
Another teacher at Shambhala International, Eric Spiegel, is also on-board as a teacher on the Tantric meditation train, in disguise at MNDFL. He is a devotee of his dead guru Trungpa, Trungpa’s notorious Western regent, Thomas Rich and now Trungpa’s delusional son, Osel Mukpo , God King and earth protector as well as the ruler of the Shambhala Kingdom according to Mr. Spiegel’s third eye. Update: Mr. Spiegel is gone; they are now downplaying their connections to the Regent, Osel Tendzin, a.k.a. Thomas Rich, who helped create the Mindfulness Movement, and infected his students with AIDS; mindfully knowing he had the disease and how it was passed on. A young man died, as a result, but that didn’t stop this bunch with their mindfulness push that made all of them increasingly mindless.
Even Mr. Mukpo Jr.’s devotee and cook is listed as a teacher at MNDFL. Update: the cook of their God King, Mr. Mukpo Jr. of the Shambhala cult, is still on board. Where else could a cook of the son of a cult leader become a rich entrepreneur as part of this mindfulness train? He hopes.
Sharon Salzberg , popular author , now devotee of Tibetan lamas and listed as a teacher at MNDFL, is also the enabler and guru-worshiper of the sexual predator, lama Sogyal Rinpoche. She perfectly represents the new Western Buddhist who has merged her mind and her other Buddhist practice with her Tibetan lama gurus but pretends to be just a teacher of simple meditation to help people relax. Update: Sharon Salzberg is no longer listed on their site; Her Tibetan Buddhist guru, Lama Sogyal, who keeps harems of western women, might be a liability for recruiting the naive New Yorkers who wander into this groups’ Tantric cult net .
MNDFL is the trial balloon of these merged eastern cult streams ,to see how many people can be caught in their Buddhist-Hindu Tantric net, posing as a ‘secular meditation space.’
Here they are , Hailing their God King, the son of Trungpa. Western Tibetan Buddhists don’t judge their gurus. They don’t think at all, about anything, anymore. They have merged their minds with their gurus. Mindfulness facilitated that process.
The Shambhala cult and their God King, Trungpa’s son on his throne.
Guru-worshiping members of Shambhala, like Mr. Rinzler and Mr. Spiegel and the cook , along with other Western Tibetan Buddhists, are always scheming, 24/7, on how to bring more students into their fold. Now they have decided to just pretend they are not doing this by creating a stripped down meditation center seemingly without any religious affiliations at all.
Their new “meditation boutique” charges for each meditation session, or in packages by the month. This is for those who are turned off by the proselytizing of Tibetan Buddhism, Hindu Ashrams and other religious meditation centers and want to learn to meditate without being recruited by a cult. Like the one Mr. Rinzler is still fanatically devoted to , teaches at, and recruits for, non-stop. Not only is Mr. Rinzler the director of the Chelsea Shambhala center, but he writes books and articles and teaches Shambhala meditation for his guru at various Shambhala and other venues throughout the year.
Mr. Rinzler’s own specialty for the last decade in the organization has been trying to be cool and hip to reach millennials and seduce them into his Shambhala organization.
“You can just hang out and grab some tea” says Mr. Rinzler, the MNDFL’s “chief spiritual officer.” You can also buy ” MNDFL-branded mugs, tees, totes and $150 meditation cushion sets” when you first come through the door and will be none the wiser that you have entered a place of affiliated Hindu and Buddhist cult religions and their fanatics. Or that most senior officials of Shambhala International are part of the Tibetan Lama Karme Kagyu cartel- a medieval, Trojan horse and running the MNDFL show.
MNDFL is the clever corporate “Mindful-branding” -the new commodity label for ‘environmental awareness,” “sustainability”, and “healthy living” being tied into “meditation.” Even the “tiny house” movement is part of the new MNDFL brand. Hoping to reach a new generation, they are now being manipulated by corporations and cults all hooked up now together in a “A Spiritual Materialistic Explosion” to create the new spiritual commodity of meditation to dumb the world down, but keep them shopping.
This is a “secular spirituality” created and spearheaded by an 11th century priesthood of misogynistic theists and brigands with their guru-worshipers and Western enablers who are programmed by their atavistic Tibetan leaders to be the least mindful and aware people in the room.
Shambhala International’s favorite shills for its deceits have always been expected to be great recruiters and entrepreneurs as well as devoted students to its Tibetan lama lineage of their now dead Trungpa (gurus never die they just reincarnate). Trungpa’s son, Osel Mukpo, featured above on his throne, whose royal garb alternates with his specially tailored , priestly robes, depending on the occasion, rules his organization like a patriarchal, wannabe Arab prince. He puts”materialism” boldly out front in the new movement of “spiritual materialism, ” a term his father coined for quite a different reason.
The real estate of their guru, Mr. Mukpo Jr. and his 250 Shambhala Tibetan Buddhist centers, world- wide, has to keep expanding and always needs free labor, constant cash donations and lots of membership-dues as well as a fresh and continuous supply of younger devotees to do the Tibetan lamas’ bidding. This bidding includes becoming proselytizers and true-believers, like Mr. Rinzler, Mr. Spiegel and the cook. It is also always hoped that their will be some attractive young female students to become one of the many serial sexual consorts for the Tibetan Lamas and their cartel . It is not unusual for these humble monk lamas on thrones to share their Western sexual consorts among each other. Pimping for their gurus can be another important duty of devoted Western Tibetan Buddhists in the guru’s inner circle.
Plying people with cookies and tea and “social gatherings, ” like the MNDFL is doing, has always been Shambhala International’s “modus operandi” – its love-bombing and seduction techniques at their own Shambhala centers for the last forty years. Nothing new about this deceptive strategy. Shambhala members always follow their manuals to attract and keep new students in their net. This makes creativity limited among their Shambhala cookie- cutter presentators and why they keep re-inventing the wheel always resulting in a constant stream of “theme and little variation” schemes. But now they have decided to pretend there MNDFL center has no other affiliations. Just a “space to breathe” they all say as they slowly tighten the Tibetan Buddhist Hindu tantric net and yoke.
Shambhala International ‘s traditional enrollment numbers are always in flux, despite their latest money-making scheme of bringing Shambhala cult teachings online. This constant dip in membership is very dangerous for their guru’s lavish lifestyle , along with his enrollment ambitions that always fall about nine million, nine hundred and ninety-five thousand members short of his ten million member mark.
You wont find any lectures, elaborate Tibetan shrines and banners at MNDFL, since these things are clearly turning people off , so Mr. Rinzler and pals have simply stripped it down completely, and cleaned it up to look like a “meditation mall. ”
But this is not a group of diverse meditation instructors or secular meditators, as they deceptively claim. Almost all of them are affiliated with Tibetan Buddhist cults and/ or Hindu, Vedic and Yogic teachings- i.e. Tibetan Buddhism’s Tantric roots, and most are in the Shambhala International organization or affiliated with it.
The Theravada and Zen groups , along with their Hindu tantric brethren, have recently joined forces with Tibetan Buddhism, the most popular, unfortunately, in the United States. They have decided there is strength in numbers so they have united in their consumer marketing campaign. This makes their real intent invisible to the public by it being embedded into so many meditation choices that ultimately lead to the same place.
As Mr. Rinzler says, “Well, we like to think of it as a meditation university”!
“Meditation and Mindfulness ” is the new commodity tied into certain multi-national corporations and created by these Tibetan Buddhist lamas and their Western guru-worshiping enablers, like Mr. Rinzler, Mr. Spiegel, Ms. Salzberg and the cook. Deception to reach the masses and fold them into their religious net is perfectly acceptable according to Tibetan Buddhism’s tantric rules. But their goal is not to make people more mindful and aware through meditation, as they say, but more passive and easily manipulated, apolitical and turning inward, at least until they are all on board with Mr. Rinzler and company with their religious-political ambitions.
Now that Tibetan Buddhist groups, like Shambhala, have joined forces and are tied into multinational corporatism, the other Buddhist and Hindu tantric groups have jumped on board. Corporatism now has a stealth religious arm that has MNDFL as the new brand.
Multinational corporations learned so much when they outsourced in Asia watching their Eastern corporate partners in third-world countries keep their Hindu and Buddhist workers easily accepting of their eighty- hour- work weeks with little pay and no complaint . “It’s just my karma” they say. If you add a Tibetan guru-worshiping component to the mix, you can make people your slaves as these Western global corporations soon found out.
Even better, if they model Western Tibetan Buddhists, like at Shambhala International , or like the Tibetans of old, they will get them to pay their lama gurus to work like slaves for them.
In this respect, Mr. Rinzler is operating according to the Dalai Lama’s far-reaching and equally deceptive grand plan. Mr. Rinzler is not just pushing his own guru’s spiritually materialistic scheming . This mindfulness meditation commodity is the new product and general business model for Tibetan lamas’ everywhere now, to hasten their religious infiltration by insinuating themselves into every crook and cranny of Western culture through a “spiritual secularism” and “meditation movement, ” and the new MNDFL- Mindful brand.
They can only hope that the millennials and burnt-out professionals, with hefty trust funds and six figure salaries, who unwittingly come through their doors and keep coming back, will remain none the wiser, until they are “caught” in the sticky net of the Hindu-Tibetan tantra. Tantra translates as a “net” in Sanskrit.
The fanatic guru-worshiping members like Mr. Rinzler, Mr. Spiegel, Ms. Salzberg and the cook , whose own minds are always merged with their gurus, repeating a looping tape that whispers in their ears this mantra over and over: “recruit, recruit, recruit,” will soon tip their hands.
I wonder how long it will take? For the new meditators at MNDFL to figure out they have been duped?
Knowing how impossible it is for guru-worshipers like Mr. Rinzler, Mr. Spiegel, Ms Salzberg and the cook to not speak glowingly and incessantly about the wonders of their “enlightened” teachers and masters and their occult Tibetan Buddhism, I predict it wont take very long .
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Christine A Chandler, M.A., C.A.G.S.
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