Thursday, July 7, 2011

Behind the Robe - How the Tibetan Cause shelters Sex Abuse by Tibetan Clergy in America

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After speaking with a number of Tibetan Buddhist Clergy Rape Victims in America, Tibetans, Tibetan Buddhist clergy members, authorities and academics on the political situation in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, there are many speculations about how with 500 million followers, the Dalai Lama's monastic order can maintain such a pristine image. Conspiracy theories and excuses of the situational ethic variety run the gamut.: The perpetrator list includes the following teachers in the Tibetan Buddhist lineage: Michael Lyons a.ka. Dr. Mohan (3 warrants out for his arrest) Christopher Hansard (lawsuit pending)

Sogyal Rinpoche (court case - 10 million dollar lawsuit)

Geshe Michael Roach Chogyam Trungpa Kalu Rinpoche Abbot Khenpo Chime Tsering (court case in NYC)

Lama Ole Nydahl - (lawsuit pending)

1. The Dalai Lama was on the CIA payroll for over fifteen years,
2. Public outcry in America against wrongdoings in the Tibetan community or by Tibetan Buddhist clergy will only further disenfranchise its members and displaced youth who may copycat jihadists out of anger
3. Tarnishing the Tibetan image will hurt their chance for autonomy,
4. Tibetan Buddhist monks are celibate and do not partake in earthly sexual delights
5. Tibetan Lamas and clergy need more psychological support as they are victims of human rights abuses and genocide
6. The Dalai Lama's presence in America and Buddhism is an alternative to Islam
7. His Holinesses' tours and public teachings serve to help the United States government imbue peace and compassionate thinking amongst a disgruntled American public who are outraged by the war in Iraq
8. Buddhists also hold apocalyptic-type beliefs, if bad things are said about Buddhism, Maitrea Buddha (check Tibetan Maitrea) or the savior of the Buddhist followers will not return to lead them into salvation
9. The patriarchal monastic community that comprises a large portion of the Dalai Lama's administration holds very misogynistic views, as women are considered distractions on the path to Enlightenment
10. Fundamentalism and extremism exist in Buddhism too, American Survivors of Tibetan Buddhist Clergy Abuse Speak Out. Several rape victims have reported that religious double speak and twisting of dogma is often pervasive amongst Buddhist clergy members who want to cover up deviant sexual behavior:
     1. Rape is a female problem brought on by its victims especially by all of those sexually aggressive American women, 
     2. By keeping quiet about his or her incident, a rape victim can learn to be a better Buddhist and join in the human struggle to end all suffering for sentient beings
    3. A Rinpoche and/or Lama's spiritual energy or chi power can protect students from the HIV virus
4. A student will never reach enlightenment if he/she speaks out about the rape    
5. Students who want to speak out about sex abuses will create curses and bad karma for many lifetimes to come and will never be saved and remain in a "hell realm" full of demons and devils
    6. Traditional Tibetan culture is very superstitious and holds patriarchal views that seem old fashioned and backwards to Western women - rape victims have been told to just be compassionate about these differences of opinion
    7. Rape helps to teach a student to surrender to the master
    8. Feminist views of independence are only held by domineering American women,        
    9. Sexual roles are dualistic - Buddhist rhetoric encourages "non-dualistic" thinking amongst the sexes to combat gender stereotypes, which many therefore loosen a student's attachments the need for worldly, ego-driven, personal and material desires
   10. If a rape victim wants to speak out in public about the incidence, he or she has not learned to develop a deep sense of compassion for herself or the perpetrator
   11. Having sex with a Tibetan Buddhist clergy member is an esteemed honor and will create good karma for the student
   12. The concept of Tantra and Tantric sex are often confusing to students especially with regard to sexual practices and the spiritual teacher,
   13. Dehumanizing language evokes conditioned fear-type responses in a lay practitioners, terms such as wrathful deity, demons, devils, vampires, warrior's path, and energy sucker" are commonly used to instill "the wrath of Buddha" in the victim
  14. Examination of sexual and power abuses by Tibetan Buddhist clergy will do real damage to the reputation of authentic and ethically based Tibetan Buddhist teachers. Should any of these aforementioned reasons serve to dilute a rape victim's pain or experience?

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