[A re-working of the 1911 election slogan regarding free trade with the Americans]

The more I read about the goings-on in Shambhala, the less inclined I am to continue with the WOS [Way of Shambhala]. Whereas I was once grateful for the lessons I was learning, now I am sickened by my own involvement with this cult. Perhaps “cult” is not the proper term, but it sure feels like a cult of personality. The current Sakyong seems to have ‘come by it honestly’ in that the stories about his father and Shambhala founder Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche bear a striking resemblance to the current woes within Shambhala.

I was unwilling to believe the sordid tales of life within the Shambhala community in the 1970s. Now I see I may have been  holding the telescope up to my blind eye, a la Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Copenhagen. All communication from Shambhala International and indeed my local ‘chapter’ seem [so far at least] to be stronger on euphemism than they are on condemnation and future plans. As Kevin Bacon said in Tremors, “WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? I MEAN< WHAT THE HELL  IS GOING ON?!!”

Maybe it’s too early for there to be any concrete plans yet. The independent investigation hasn’t been completed yet. But it’s not like the report will say that ‘it’s all a big misunderstanding’.

The only figure I want to emulate and learn from is Siddhartha Gautama. Putting my faith in anyone else is a mug’s game.

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Kunga Shiwa & the Search for Enlightenment Buddhism

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