Wednesday, July 6, 2011

True Heart News: Preachers of the Great Exposition of Tantra deliberately create confusion with regard to the essence of the Couple-Practice Tantra


© True Heart News, 2011/07/01

(By You Shuqing of the True Heart News Interviewing team in Taipei) The social elites ignore the sexual love doctrines that the Dalai Lama claims, “Copulation tantra is an absolute must for Tibetan Buddhist practitioners,” and disregard the enormous price that Taiwan society has paid for: many victims have practiced Tibetan Tantric Buddhism and plenty of others are still following the teachings of its Great Exposition of Tantra. Instead, the social elites contest whether Tsongkhapa had actually preached the couple-practice in the Great Exposition of Tantra. Their attempt to defend such evil doctrines is just most disgraceful.

CEO of the True Enlightenment Education Foundation, Zhang Gongpu expresses sincerely and earnestly that the unwillingness and cowardice of the Religious Foundation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to respond to the very simple question, whether “the Dalai Lama advocates that the practitioners must practice the Couple-Practice Tantra,” fully reflects their dishonest and dodging mentality. The True Enlightenment Education Foundation has no choice but to expose the truth to the general public through a non-profit social advertisement.

Zhang Gongpu further points out that there are still mindless individuals in Taiwan who are ignorant about the ins and outs of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, yet with full intention to protect the lamas. They just randomly state that “not all the lamas practice the copulation tantra” to confuse the public opinion. These people couldn’t care less about Taiwanese people’s welfare, but only take pleasure in arguing. They turn a blind eye to the decent morals that put our society to the right track. No one shows the least regard for the truth about the Dalai Lama’s “mantra” that “practitioners must practice the Couple-Practice Tantra eventually.” They should have raised banners when the Dalai Lama last visited Taiwan to protest against such ridiculous and nefarious doctrines. Yet, they were nowhere to be found.

As for the True Enlightenment Buddhist Group being smeared and accused of having links with the Chinese Communist Party, CEO Zhang of the True Enlightenment Education Foundation is not surprised at all, as these accusations do not just start today. The True Enlightenment group was hoping that some other groups would, out of justice, lead the general public to stay away for good from such devious practices. Such anticipation, however, has failed not unexpectedly. There are scholars with in-depth research on Tibetan Buddhism who have known all too well about Tibetan lamas’ outrageous conducts, including alcohol drinking, meat eating, ritual sacrifice, senseless fire offering, demons and spirits worshipping, demon-disguised buddha summoning, Buddhism transmuting, and sexual love enthroning, all are deemed to harm orthodox Buddhism. Though they disagree with such vile acts, these scholars are held back by all kinds of intimidation and threat from Tibetan Buddhists. They merely suppress their rage and keep quiet out of fear. We fully understand their predicament.

Zhang Gongpu explains that the Foundation is more than happy to see any social group or Buddhist temple, whose courage is brave enough to step forward and condemn the outrageous conducts committed by Tibetan Tantric Buddhism and also call on the masses to face this truth. Meanwhile, the Foundation is more than willing to stay behind the scenes. But seeing the current facts: None of the Buddhist temples or groups today dares to take the great risk to confront Tibetan Tantric Buddhism; the government ignores the lamas’ massive sexual assaults to Taiwanese women; the government turns a blind eye to the vile doctrines of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism which advocate the sexual practice of molesting the wives or daughters of others while ruining many families; and the Foundation has no choice but to undertake this task with a view to clarifying matters to the public. Somehow, a handful of individuals in the political and religious circles still help the villains do their evil deeds by creating confusion with regard to the issues of the Couple-Practice versus non-Couple-Practice and obscenity. These individuals resort to the name of government authority in order to suppress and impede the Foundation’s act of justice in every way. CEO Zhang sighs with great emotion, “Retrospectively, during the eighth century in ancient India, the tantric monks, who practiced the copulation tantra, were constantly under unprincipled protection, which led to the extinction of orthodox Buddhism in the end. This is the historical fact that cited as ‘Prospering of Tibetan Tantrism and downfall of orthodox Buddhism.’ ”

CEO Zhang says, “Based on the founding principles of the True Enlightenment Education Foundation, we have been working hard and trying cautiously to educate the public in order to meet the high expectation of our members. Since our non-profit advertisements released in four of the major national newspapers, we have received broad consensus and compliments from the readers around the whole country. This situation has never happened before since we began promoting orthodox Buddhism of Buddha Sakyamuni more than a decade ago. This corroborates what Bodhisattva Xuanzang stated in the past: ‘It is difficult for the correct dharmas to manifest if the erroneous ones are not destroyed.’ ”

CEO Zhang continues, “We are convinced that the public are now aware of the religious problems and start to realize what the society really needs. The public will also start to check whether the doctrines of each religion are in compliance with law and order or in accordance with good social ethics. Therefore, we believe that the fact of how tantric religion is seriously hampering our social morals and destroying family values in such a stealthy way should be revealed to the public. By doing so, Taiwan will regain its original state of good morals and peaceful lives. This is the result that all the inhabitants of this island would love to see."

“The lamas all consider Taiwan to be their major financial donor. They are currently flocking into Taiwan in large numbers.” CEO Zhang Gongpu urges the public to appeal to the Ministry of Foreign Affair to reject those lamas’ entry visa applications and resist to the pressure from some representatives lobbying for the lamas. He is also calling for the public to strongly condemn the unlawful behavior of the representatives who are defending the “copulation tantra” practice of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism. Those representatives either they are ignorant to the reality of the “copulation tantra” or they are the hatchet men for the lamas. Under the disguise of religious freedom, they slandered the foundation which has been safeguarding Taiwanese females from sexual abuses by the lamas. Those representatives attempted to defame the foundation by unjustly accusing it of anti Tibet independence, religious Hitler, and being financially backed by the Chinese Communist Party. All of these defilements were meant to defuse public attention to the fact that the central focus for all the lamas of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism is essentially the copulation tantra practice, which is supported by the Dalai Lama. Those representatives were acting like the hatchet men of the past monarchical regime; on the other hand, what could Taiwan society benefit from their irresponsible actions? Wise citizens should vote against those representatives who are pressurizing the Ministry of Foreign Affair for issuing entry visa to the lamas. We have to prevent the lamas from entering Taiwan to cheat out of our fortune and mistreat our females.

Tibetan Tantric Buddhism is a parasite on Buddhism. It is not Buddhism and is originated from Hindu Tantric Yoga with copulation tantra as the core practice. For those grass-roots and die-hard supporters of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, CEO Zhang Gongpu urges them to find out the contents which have been disclosed by the Foundation and thereby verify the doctrines of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism accordingly. He hopes that those supporters, upon their verification, can break away from the hypocritical and worthless practice as soon as possible, and will also decide to strongly condemn the copulation practice of Tantric Buddhism altogether. In this way, the true Buddhists should urge the Dalai Lama to make a public declaration together with the other three major sects of Tantric Buddhism: Tibetan Tantric Buddhism will abandon the Couple-Practice Tantra and its cultivation and practices, effective immediately. Or they can make another public declaration: The doctrines of the Couple-Practice Tantra, which was introduced from Tibet to Taiwan, belong to Lamaism exclusively and have nothing to do with orthodox Buddhism. Only those declarations can help Taiwan society remain truly peaceful and free. (Reported by You Shuqing) 20110701

Editor's Note: This article is an English version of the Chinese edition published on February 04, 2011

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http://tantrismuskritik.blogspot.com/2011/07/true-heart-news-preachers-of-great.html

11 comments:

  1. pemaJul 8, 2011 05:08 AM
    Oh dear Oh dear Oh dear -- what to say? been here, done that so many times I barely have the will to respond but: in brief:
    *This item demonstrates a woeful absence of understanding at even a basic level. The person who wrote it is a typical Buddhist fundamentalist who has no experience of anything other than folk religion. I have seen similar diatribes from Chinese/Taiwan/Singapore sources many times. They are badly written, badly researched crude propaganda.
    *I suggest that this blog holder and the author of this item should embark on a study programme that includes books by Glenn Mullin, Keith Dowman, Geoffrey Samuel and Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Also The Crystal and the Way of Light by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. These will give insight into the true nature of Tantric Buddhism and perhaps dispel some of the corrosive prejudice present in the item above.

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  2. joseyJul 8, 2011 12:27 PM
    Pema,I have read the Commentary of the Kalacakra Tantra and yes, it is crude, that is, what I have read in the tantras is very crude; not propaganda. I personally think that Tibetan Buddhism is not Buddhism at all.

    I would suggest people read for themselves and not by someone who is making a case for Tibetan Buddhism, and my list of books are "Commentary on the Kalacakra Tantra" by by Geshe Lharampa Ngawang Dhargyey, and I say this because this book was not meant for publication but only for those initiated into the sexual practice.

    Personally, I have been shocked over what I have read, what my own ex teacher taught, and with the abuse in Tibetan Buddhism, not to mention Zen as they have had their share.

    Buddha did not teach the Tantras. The Kalacakra that the Dalai Lama teaches came into existence in the 8th to the 11th century.

    Another book I would recommend is, "History of Tantric Religion" by N.N. Bhattacharyya, who was a history professor at Calcutta University.

    Then there is the Hevajra Tantra that can also be purchased online. The first book can only be purchased through Amazon.com

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  3. O M G !!! One of those authors is reportedly a sexual predator who takes advantage of women who participate on his tours. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso??! He's the leader of KMT. His movement is all about sex! Men who join say that after just one year, they're already doing "advanced yoga tantra", sexual yoga. And the dharma center with dormitory attached had endless problems of the resident lamas preying on the resident women. Also a female teacher somehow manipulated one of the male students into an affair.

    I don't view those reports from Taiwan as crude propaganda. I'm relieved that someone finally is speaking up for women in TB. Is there a hidden agenda? Probably, since Taiwan had a long-established Buddhist tradition of its own. But I have no doubt that they're right--there's been a lot of abuse of female followers.

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  4. joseyJul 8, 2011 01:42 PM
    Pema, have you actually had positive experiences from ethical teachers? I'd like to hear about it if you have. Perhaps you can contribute a testimony about your own rewarding experiences with esoteric practice, and I will be happy to post it in order to balance out the blog.

    Anon, I did research on Geshe, and here there is a long thread on it on Rick Ross:

    http://forum.rickross.com/read.php?12,61584,page=1

    I have not had time to read it.

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  5. The way I see it, is the rare websites that present the downside to TB are the ones that add balance to an internet full of propaganda and advertising for TB. No one complains about the lack of objectivity in all the PR, do they?

    It's dangerous to only have positive PR available to people when there are known risks involved with participating in Tibetan Buddhist sanghas, and especially when entering into private instruction with a lama. Naive students of Buddhism and their loved ones need to be forewarned, so that they know that caution is called for. As the Dalai Lama himself has said numerous times, one needs to research one's teacher thoroughly, even "spy on the teacher", before allowing any trust. And researching the teacher isn't always possible when a group brings in a lama for a temporary residency of several months to a year.

    Blogs like this one help get the word out about the need to be on one's guard with the guru. There has been too much suffering caused by a spiritual tradition that claims to work toward an end to suffering. It has to stop.

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  6. That is libel.The person is twisting the truth. There is no such thing as advanced yoga tantra and receiving a highest yoga tantra empowerment does not lead to sex. GKG did sack a few people for sexual abuse however. The NKT Highest Yoga Tantra is pure Gelugpa as taught by HHDL. . Men and women are treated equally and out of tens of thousands of people you will always find a few rogues. However I stepped out of the NKT because of those abuses which will be worse now that monks and nuns who are not Vajra Masters will be giving all empowerments.

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  7. I wouldn't paint all of Taiwanese Buddhism with the same brush: "folk religion". Taiwan has some Buddhist traditions that stick to Buddhism, run their own Buddhist universities to train their teachers, and require courses in ethics and psychology. Fortunately, at least one of these movements, Fo Guang Shan, has established temples throughout the West. I think this sets a positive example in the Mahayana tradition--professionalism. And did I mention that at least half their teachers, if not more, are women? I think this is just what Buddhism needs in the 21st Century. Very progressive.

    No wonder Taiwan is in shock at the chaos the Tibetan tradition has wrought there; Taiwan is in tune with contemporary mores and standards in the profession of providing Buddhist spiritual guidance (and in respecting women), while Tantric Buddhism is stuck in medieval times, with all the cultural backwardness (they still treat nuns as slaves) and amorality that implies. Please spare us that brand of "Enlightenment"!

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  8. I wouldn't paint all of Taiwanese Buddhism with the same brush: "folk religion". Taiwan has some Buddhist traditions that stick to Buddhism, run their own Buddhist universities to train their teachers, and require courses in ethics and psychology. Fortunately, at least one of these movements, Fo Guang Shan, has established temples throughout the West. I think this sets a positive example in the Mahayana tradition--professionalism. And did I mention that at least half their teachers, if not more, are women? I think this is just what Buddhism needs in the 21st Century. Very progressive.

    No wonder Taiwan is in shock at the chaos the Tibetan tradition has wrought there; Taiwan is in tune with contemporary mores and standards in the profession of providing Buddhist spiritual guidance (and in respecting women), while Tantric Buddhism is stuck in medieval times, with all the cultural backwardness (they still treat nuns as slaves) and amorality that implies. Please spare us that brand of "Enlightenment"!

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  9. joseyJul 10, 2011 04:12 AM
    Of this post above an ex NKT member wrote me:

    “That is libel. The person is twisting the truth. There is no such thing as advanced yoga tantra and receiving a highest yoga tantra empowerment does not lead to sex. GKG did sack a few people for sexual abuse however. The NKT Highest Yoga Tantra is pure Gelugpa as taught by HHDL. . Men and women are treated equally and out of tens of thousands of people you will always find a few rogues. However I stepped out of the NKT because of those abuses which will be worse now that monks and nuns who are not Vajra Masters will be giving all empowerments.”

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  10. joseyJul 10, 2011 04:13 AM
    I am continuing the above:

    “My objection was to the description of the NKT being 'all about sex'. This is nonsense. GKG has written 23 books and in 4 he mentions consort 'wisdom mudra' activity, but only mentions it.”

    Secondly, the person posting clearly has no idea about NKT Tantra or would not have used the term 'advanced' when the NKT and all Gelugpa have never used that term.

    Thirdly, the NKT has never taught Kalachakra, so he couldn't be referring to that, as you thought. The NKT teaches the Highest Yoga tantra of Vajrayogini and Heruka Charkrasambara.

    Those are my 3 reasons why he/she is 'twisting' the truth, as the accusation makes no sense except as an ignorant and malicious comment. Most of these comments come from supporters of HHDL and arise because of the Protector Shugden disputes. Some are people who left the NKT disgruntled, mostly because they were seeking a savior rather than seeking to be their own salvation.

    There is sexual imagery in Highest Yoga Tantra. Tashi teaches that it is metaphorical, as do most Lamas. Yes, it can be very colorful, as is everything else in Vajrayana - the statues, the music etc. here is another example, which may help:

    In Tantra we work on abandoning attachments, firstly by developing equanimity and having compassion for all beings, whilst learning that there is no Self to cling to. At the highest levels this may involve Chöd , a ritual 'cutting away' of the Self with visualizations of chopping up our body and offering the flesh, blood and bones to beings such as spirits. The imagery is extremely vivid, but it is only imagery. Practitioners do not trot outside to the back yard and actually start hacking away at their body. The sexual imagery and the imagery of eating various 'meats' and 'nectars' (blood, urine, alcohol etc.)* should be regarded in the same way. The practitioner has also become (self generated as) their Yidam (meditational deity) and sees such things with the purity of the mind of that deity.

    Working on the mind at these levels means that some will fall into the trap of treating these practices as mundane and engaging in sex or intoxicants. The scriptures are clear that such mundane indulgence leads to the hell realms.* This was the trap several NKT teachers fell into and were then made to leave. As GKG has resigned, and is the only Vajra Master in the NKT, I don't think the people giving the empowerments now are in a position to be properly qualified spiritual guides for Tantra, giving HYT empowerments,, and for that reason I can't support them. However, GKG is my root guru for HYT and as such I know his teachings perfectly reflect those of the Gelugpa lineage. In the case of Tantra, of course, much was derived from India.

    I can't really say more. Firstly because I don't study or teach Kalachakra, and also because I don't think you will accept that the words you quote are metaphorical, just visualizations which represent very complex interactions between Bliss, Wisdom and Emptiness. The true meaning is only communicated during an HYT empowerment. Namdrol is unlikely to reveal HYT teachings online, but he may well express them in the way which points you towards certain sutras, rather than telling you what they mean.

    In the West we are used to imagery which portrays sex in a metaphorical way - trains entering tunnels etc. In the Tantra it is the reverse, overt sexual imagery representing spiritual teachings.

    That's all I can say really. I understand the imagery according to my HYT empowerment and teachings, as does Tashi, but can't really say more to you, so you may accept what I say or reject it, but I can't express it in any other way.

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  11. joseyJul 10, 2011 04:14 AM
    *(My notes: They do not lead to hell realms. The Kalacakra says this:

    “However, monks who have gone quite far in their practice and have gained very high states of realization in terms of bodhicitta, realization of emptiness, as well as their practices of tantra, are allowed by the Buddha to have sexual intercourse with women and to take alcohol. The reason is that at a certain state of practice, when one is sufficiently advanced, these same activities can further one towards attainment of full enlightenment.” (page 159)

    Commentary on the Kalacakra Tantra translated by Gelong Jhampa Kelsang, who was a student of the Dalai Lama and who is the same man that the Dalai Lama asked to come to the U.S to teach.

    And one urine:

    “The five ambrosias are literally substances such as excrement, urine and so forth. A highly realized yogin is able to transform them and actually experience great bliss.” (page 161)

    P.S. When I was in Tibetan Buddhism this same person wrote to tell me that he could now take the Higher Tantras because he had a partner. Since he was not in my own tradition, I didn't realize that my teacher at the time was teaching the same.

    And what I read in the Kalacakra reminds me of the Trimondis saying that Buddhism has a Law of Inversion. And this book says that while Buddha said to not be alone with a woman or have alcohol, a highly trained yogin should and must.

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