Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO) / Triratna: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

Followers allege they were coerced into sex in 1970s and 80s with elders of UK’s Triratna order

 

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‘Deep regret’: Dennis Lingwood, now frail at 91, is the founder of the Triratna order. Photograph: Vimeo Continue reading

Erdoğan’s Turkey, now challenges Khomeinist Iran for the title of the Middle East’s most dangerous regime

 

Two Bullies, Putin and Erdoğan, Try Friendship

by Daniel Pipes
Australian
December 23, 2016

http://www.danielpipes.org/17135/two-bullies-putin-and-erdogan-try-friendship

[N.B.: Australian‘s title: “Erdogan cosies up to Putin as Turkey makes trouble.”]

The assassination on Dec. 19 in Ankara of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, raises some major geopolitical issues: Will this act of violence break relations between the two countries, isolate Turkey, or – counterintuitively – improve their ties? And does this murder affect the Middle East and the world beyond?

Turks and Russians have a long and complex history that starts with the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and the Russian dream to win it back for Orthodox Christianity. The two states fought twelve major wars in the 3½ centuries between 1568 and 1918, had a flurry of good relations under Atatürk and Lenin which went south with Stalin, improved substantially in 1991 upon the Soviet Union’s dissolution, then subsequently plummeted (2015) and revived (2016).

One depiction of the siege of Constantinople in 1453. Continue reading

Jonestown was a horrific breach of trust.

New film focuses on African-American women in Jonestown deaths

Religion News Service
By Kimberly Winston  | November 17, 2016

(RNS) The facts haven’t changed in 38 years.

On Nov. 18, 1978, more than 900 men, women and children died in a South American jungle, lured there by the utopian promises of the group known as the Peoples Temple and its charismatic founder, the Rev. Jim Jones.

Most drank a cyanide-laced fruit drink, either of their own volition or with guns pointed at them. Some, including Jones, were shot. When authorities reached the bodies bloated by the tropical heat, they discovered the majority of the dead were African-American women and children.

This week, a new film marks the anniversary of the Jonestown tragedy with a special screening at the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture. “White Nights, Black Paradise” turns its lens on the black women who followed Jones into the jungle and highlights the role religion — or, as some scholars say, a perversion of it, because while Jones was a Disciples of Christ pastor, he frequently derided the Bible — played in their loyalty to him.

“One thing I wanted to pull out was that this was an act of self-determination” for black women who followed Jones, said Sikivu Hutchinson, who directed the film and wrote the book (of the same title) that it’s based on.

“Jim Jones successfully exploited black nationalist and black self-determinist rhetoric and made sure black women stayed in the movement and gave their property and sweat equity into making this leap of faith with him to this ‘strange land’” of the Guyanese jungle, Hutchinson said.

News of the Jonestown massacre-suicide broke before Thanksgiving in 1978. Few people outside San Francisco, where Jones founded Peoples Temple, had heard of the 45-year-old pastor with more than a passing resemblance to Johnny Cash.

The first deaths were the murders of five visitors to Jonestown, including California Congressman Leo Ryan. They were shot by temple members while attempting to board a small plane with a handful of Jonestown residents who said they wanted to leave.

Guyanese authorities soon found those murders led them to the Jonestown compound, where they found men, women and children laid out on the ground in family groups, the bodies several deep. The elderly and infirm had been dosed with poison in their beds. In all, 918 people died, 276 of them children. Thirty-three people survived.

Some of the bodies were never claimed. There are more than 400 Jonestown victims buried in a mass grave in Oakland, Calif.

Several films, popular books, a play and even an opera have attempted to flesh out the events at Jonestown over the years, but few have focused on the specific experiences of its African-American women members. Hutchinson wanted to tease out the reasons so many sold their homes, gave Jones the proceeds, cut ties with their families and boarded a plane to an unknown land with him.

“I wanted all of those threads to be woven in to a reckoning with black women’s agency, their struggle for empowerment and their coming into consciousness by the mechanism of Peoples Temple and ultimately Jonestown,” she said.

While others who have tackled Jonestown through documentaries and nonfiction, Hutchinson, a feminist scholar, chose fiction. “White Nights, Black Paradise” was first published as a novel in 2015.

“I did not feel, even as rich as some of those portrayals were, that they fully explored what compelled black women to come into the movement and stay with it until the bitter end.”

Camille Lourde Wyatt is a Los Angeles-based actress who plays one of those women in the film. It is important, she said, to understand why black women gave up their lives for Jim Jones to prevent a tragedy like Jonestown from happening again.

“I think it was not hard for Jim Jones to mesmerize black women because we came from knowing that a strong faith in God can change our circumstances and situations and black women were seeking that back in the ’70s, and this man said I can change your circumstances if you would just believe in me and follow me,” she said. “So black women said ‘yes’ and they did.”

In the film, Wyatt plays Ernestine Markham, whom she describes as deeply devoted to Jones. Markham is based on Peoples Temple member Christine Miller, who, recordings of the temple’s last hours show, stood up to Jones as others died around her. She perished in the jungle, too.

“My character was that voice that said, ‘We don’t have to do this,’” Wyatt said. “Now we have to be those voices. We cannot let power or authority thwart what we know as righteous and true. That’s what we have to take away from Jonestown.”

http://religionnews.com/2016/11/17/new-film-focuses-on-african-american-women-in-jonestown-deaths/

 

Safeguarding the Order in India (Triratna Bauddha Mahasangha in India)

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Provided via a former order member of FWBO / Triratna, the recent document ‘Safeguarding the Order in India’ seems to indicate
mishandling of finances  and wide spread sexual misconduct of order members. (Worse still, some have even been spiritually unfaithful to Sangharakshita and Triratna and compromised their spiral path ….) To what extent were Indian order members copying the alleged sexual misconduct of their UK leader Sangharakshita? To what extent might charitable funds collected from UK donors by The Karuna Trust doorstop campaigns be involved? As in UK, the primary focus of Triratna worldwide is to spread the Dharma (Dhamma) as presented by Sangharakshita (aka Dennis from Tooting).
In India, the Triratna Buddhist Community is known as the Triratna Bauddha Mahasangha. Its work in India has two aspects: firstly providing facilities for teaching the Dhamma among Buddhists from the communities formerly known as ‘untouchable’, and secondly running social work projects to contribute to the betterment of those communities.

 

SAFEGUARDING THE ORDER IN INDIA A MESSAGE TO THE ORDER IN INDIA FROM THE INDIAN PUBLIC PRECEPTORS’

KULA: Amoghasiddhi, Amritdip, Chandrasil, Jnanasuri, Karunamaya, Subhuti, and Yashosagar. August 2012

The Triratna Bauddha Sangha is, as we all know well, a spiritual community of men and women who Go for Refuge to the Three Jewels. We look to the Buddha Shakyamuni as our guide and inspiration and it is his teachings that we practise and try to spread to others. In India, most of us have come to the Sangha through the inspiration of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and our Sangha is devoted to carrying out his great vision of bringing Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity to India and the world by means of the Dhamma. Continue reading

The dud Palmarian Pope playacting at celebrity. A clear case of arrested development. Two narcissists drowning in the pond of their reflections.

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La pasión del papa Gregorio XVIII y la exmonja del Palmar termina en boda

The Passion of Pope Gregory XVIII and former nun  from Palmar ends in marriage.

Could we request anyone reading this text to send us an improved translation for our readers? Thanks in advance.

http://www.elespanol.com/reportajes/grandes-historias/20160902/152485473_0.html

Ginés Jesús Hernández y Nieves Triviño explican sus encuentros amorosos cuando eran pontífice y religiosa del Palmar de Troya. El domingo 11 se casan.

Gines Jesus Hernandez and Nieves Trivino explain their meetings when he  was pontiff and she a religious at Palmar de Troya. They are getting married on  Sunday September 11. 

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Ginés and Nievis marry on Sunday 11 September. Fernando Ruso

Finales de noviembre. Dos hombres con sotana negra entran en El Corte Inglés del centro de Sevilla. Uno de ellos, un tipo enjuto, de nariz aguileña y gafas, marca el paso. En su camino hacia las escaleras mecánicas la pareja silente se topa con aquellos que empiezan a hacer sus primeras compras navideñas. Todos miran cómo el par de religiosos camina con andar diligente hacia la planta de caballero. Allí, una de las dependientas inquiere rauda a la pareja, que desvela sin tapujos el propósito de su visita. “¿Tienen calzoncillos Calvin Klein?”, pregunta el más avispado. Incrédula, la señorita asiente con la cabeza y conduce a los interesados al mostrador de ropa interior. Un cruce de miradas basta para saber que el género, de tipo bóxer ajustados y de color blanco, satisface las exigencias del sacerdote. “¿Tendría quince como este?”, consulta. “¿Quince?”, interpela escéptica la vendedora, que acude veloz al almacén con gesto de sorpresa para saldar la venta.

Late November. Two men in black cassock enter El Corte Ingles in central Seville. One of them, a wiry type, aquiline nose and glasses, sets the pace. On his way to the escalators the silent couple stumble like those who are doing their first holiday shopping. Everyone looks how the pair of religious walk with walk like a respectable gentleman. There, one of the saleswomen Allí asks the couple, what is the purpose of your visit? “Calvin Klein underpants ?” Asks the female assistant. Incredulous, she nods that she has them and leads the strange shoppers to the  underwear counter. An exchange of glances is enough to know the gender, type of tight boxer shorts and white in colour , meets the demands of the priest. “Would you have fifteen like this?” They ask.. “Fifteen?” The shop assisstant is skeptical  but it is clear they want that number and she obtains that number to finalise the sale.

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The original whistleblower Dr Gerard McGinnity in 2006


https://www.rte.ie/radio1/podcast/podcast_whistleblowers.xml

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The False Guru Test

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The Dalai Lama, head of the Tantric Hindu Lamaism movement holding hands               with the founder of the Aum cult in Japan.

The False Guru Test
John Smith—04/2006
The False Guru test seems to have struck a cord here in the West because of the outrageous abuses and exploitation by gurus, many self-proclaimed and completely misguided. Continue reading

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