Sexual Abuse in the Guru Cults of Tantric Buddhism


A western Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Thomas Rich,  a.k.a. Osel Tendzin,  Regent of and lineage holder of  the late Chogyam Trungpa, the Tibetan lama 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  Trungpa’s 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, their “enlightened” lineage holder of their first teacher,  Trungpa.

Taking vows to obey their gurus in all things, this board of  directors of  Trungpa’s  Vajradhatu  (now renamed  Shambhala International) including  an American physician,  lets this AIDS- infecting guru seduce and continue to have sex  with hundreds of mostly straight, male students to prove their devotion  and their commitment to Tantra, while keeping  back crucial information from members of this community,  for years. They put 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  Trungpa and his Regent’s students was infected, along with the  young man’s girlfriend.  It makes national news.       

But, for the Western devotees of this Tantric  lineage of Trungpa, it is  all  just crazy wisdom,  that they believe will lead to an understanding 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, while it was  often  overheard in the delusional, cult-chatter of this  group, that the young man’s death  was a result of the guru’s  “blessings; ”  an acceleration of his  ‘karmic cleansing’ for his future rebirth- to  quicken his path to enlightenment.

Since history is  taught as  illusion  in all Tibetan Buddhist groups- the now white-washed Vajradhatu, re-named  Shambhala International ,  is  video streaming   this  Tantric teacher on several of  its recruiting websites,  honoring this sexual exploiter that caused at least one death among his devotees.  Now, the Regent’s still delusional students are  creating new centers along the east coast  in the United States, with the blessings of the Kagyu Tibetan lamas. They believe twenty-five years is enough time to wipe out the memory of the truth about what they did.

Tibetan Tantric groups are always creating made-up lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, but this one is the same old Trungpa/Regent group,  reinvented and repackaged, with the help of the Kagyu and Nyingmapa Tibetan Lamaist sects, the most popular Tibetan lamas in the United States.  

The Dalai Lama, the Kagyu Tibetan lamas and Trungpa’s Tantric practitioners, have been  instrumental in bringing us the mindfulness movement, that has exploded all over the United States. These are the creators of this movement, with now hundreds  of their own centers, to teach others to become as mindlessly unaware as they are: with no longer any ability to judge right from wrong.

Behind the mindfulness movement is  an ever-growing army of Tantric Tibetan western psychologists and life coaches, counselors and consultants,  inside the Trojan horse of mindfulness. Tantra, that advocates pedophilia; Tantra, that encourages polyamorous relationships;  that advocates a fluid self  until it disappears into BIG MIND; Tantra that allows Tibetan lamas to keep harems of women and serial consorts for their androcentric, alchemical beliefs about their own semen being turned into “amrita;” Tantra that insists on  pushing the concept of “no-good-no bad” ethics;  Tantra, that substitutes irrationality, subjectivity and  emotions over reason and western ‘enlightened’ values that freed us from god kings; Tantra that replaces critical inquiry with superstition and dogmatic beliefs;  and Tantra that substitutes group mind and profound censorship, for freedom of thought and speech.  Tantra  is here to completely destabilize western democratic societies and its traditional institutions and all that we have gained in the last five-hundred years. Tantra is China’s soft power in the West.

Several years after the  Regent-AIDS scandal broke in 1989,  and was then covered over, under the rug, the same inner circle of the now dead Trungpa and Regent, continued their cover-ups, when a sixty-year- old, Vajradhatu member, college professor, and Shambhala teacher has 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 away from the public eye. 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 of their Tibetan Tantric ‘Buddhism’. Besides, daughters and  sons, husbands and wives, are secondary to protecting your gurus and their secrets.

This western teacher is thus given a slap on the hand, by the same administration of this delusional cult organization  that takes “nothing happens”  to heart. They make the  slogan, “nothing happens,”  of their  Karme Kagyu Karmapa sect,  now colluding with the CPC,  into a bumper sicker and put it on their cars, from San Francisco to Boulder to Boston; reminding each other, and anyone else they can ensnare in their net, that all is an illusion, anyway, even death at the hands of one of their gurus.

So what,  that a ten-year old child was sexually abused by one of their own. “Nothing happens” is their motto.  Besides,  the Tantric teachings, including the Dalai Lama’s Kalachakra”Wheel of Time’s secret teachings, recommend a  ten or eleven- year- old  girl from an outcast class, as the ‘ideal consort’ for the Tibetan lamas and their couple bliss practices. All pedophiles know it is easier to find prey when the family is poor.

In a few years,  after successfully covering-up of the abuse of this  ten-year old child by one of their own, they appoint this western teacher, in Trungpa’s group, as director of one of their Shambhala satellite centers, with the approval of Trungpa’s son;  the new King of Shambhala. As usual, these role models of awareness and compassion see nothing wrong in promoting this western teacher of Tantra in their organization. They know, being such a “scholar,”  that he had read the texts of their Tibetan lamas’ Tantras  and got “inspired.”  Anyway, in their guru-worshiping world view,  there is “no-right-no-wrong,” and nothing really happens, to make a fuss about.

If you always re-frame everything as crazy wisdom, saying this is all leading to the realization of  non-duality, “beyond good and bad, ” beyond right and wrong, than  everything is “basically good”  and basically crazy, at a very fundamental level. These  are the role models who actually believe they are bringing the world an ‘enlightened society.’

They are the same elites  who destroy nations, throughout centuries, because they, too, are living in God realms. Until they fall.

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, who maintain their guru vows and forty-five  years of usual knee-jerk cover-up behaviors for all Asian and western gurus who become part of their Tantric,  atavistic world.  These are administrators and staff that have been in a religious political cult for now fifty years.

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