Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Osel Tendzin--Sex Scandal and Aids

Letters of The Current Situation

In late November 1988, rumors began to circulate that the Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin was sick with AIDS and that he may have infected a sangha member with HIV. Regardless of your point of view on the issues, the turmoil that followed was excruciating and heartbreaking.

Many sangha members called for the Regent to step down, and many others expressed their support of the Regent's continued leadership. 

The Current Situation (TCS), as it was known, grew into a bitter dispute that seemed unresolvable, and over the course of the next three years, generated a flurry of letters and official statements, several of which are presented on this page (see below). Most of these letters and documents were widely circulated at the time. But the last three — Karl Springer's letter to Khyentse Rinpoche in July 1991, and Khyentse Rinpoche's letters in reply to Karl Springer and Patrick Sweeney a few weeks later — have only recently come to light and are presented here for the first time in a public format. 

Khyentse Rinpoche died just seven weeks after these letters were sent. Before his death, he left copies with one of his students for safekeeping and said that they might be useful someday. Last summer (2005) these letters made their way to North America, where they passed through several hands before finding their way to the Chronicles.

To read the letters:

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