More Sexual Abuse Revelations at Shambhala Centers

The Shambhala members, those who  might actually take criminal charges against their abusers for egregious and organized abuse, decades long,  is a good sign.

A sign  they are waking up. At least some of the dharma brats of Shambhala. They are not going to let the inner circle of this corrupt organization continue to write the golden- tongued narrative that has covered over the  physical, financial, and sexual abuse, enabled and perpetrated by their ‘wise’  elders, anymore.

But what about the narrative the dharma brats carry inside their heads? Programmed since they were toddlers?  By their lamas, their parents and their wise elders?

The narrative, like that of so many cult groups, that says they are saving the world, improving the world; creating Enlightened Society!  By following the teachings of Trungpa;  a medieval- trained, sexual exploiter  who kept harems, and himself, in a constant alcoholic stupor, and well-supplied with cocaine. Can a lama,  trained in 13th century misogynistic, exploitive occult Tantra, that kept their  own Tibetan people as permanent indentured serfs and five-percent slaves,  the women as sexual objects for the lamas ‘higher practices,’  for a millennium, be a vision for an Enlightened Society?

As long as the Shangri-la, story-line repeats in their heads of a perfect world, ruled by the same ascended masters-delusion, in the late Madame Blavatsky’s head, too, they will not be able to get out from under these fantasies, and programming, that keeps them bound to the lamas and each other.

These are the same techniques  all these Lamaist family corporations have been using,  for centuries, but,  Shambhala is the worst in terms of  overloading their groups with  loaded language, doublespeak, doublethink, and sexual abuse, paired with these  thought-control techniques. Sexual abuse, when paired with thought-control,  forms a continuous loop, as the cause and effect becomes circular, like their infinity Tibetan symbol; very effective. The sexual abuse makes the thought-control more powerful, and the thought-control facilitates the sexual abuse.

But something happened, and the infinite loop of exploitation,  they count on,  was cut. A window of light was shone on their  own egregious abuses, by the #me-too movement, it seems. 

If only the #me-too movement could see what a powerful ingredient in the misogynistic stew they are trying to address has been created  by these eastern guru cults, such as Tibetan ‘Buddhism;’ their favorite medieval cult,  in helping keep women pinned down with a third-wave feminism, tied to emotions and irrationality and empty rhetoric. It worked for centuries in India and Tibet, and anywhere you find a patriarchal system using religion and Gaia goddesses to keep women in their place. 

Shambhalians have always been the most cult- controlled, however, since  Trungpa was very clever. He understood, with the help of  his friend Gregory Bateson, how to create double-binds, like surrounding himself with an inner-circle of seemingly rational and credentialed people, deeply devoted as his change agents, to implement his sake-soaked vision. The same Tantric guru-vision that caused so much harm in one small town in Oregon, with Bhagwan Rajneesh.  Trungpa was cleverer than Rajneesh and he got all his students  to ‘blend.’ They didn’t wear orange clothes, and they hid their sexual behaviors from the public.

He kept his situation mostly secret, and was able to  ‘load the language’  a language that mystifies the abuse, and creates fragmented states of mind, such that the cult members can expose extreme criminal behaviors by their lamas and inner circles, and yet still talk about what a ‘beautiful vision’ their lamas, like their dead guru Trungpa, have brought to the world. The same view, strategy and tactics  that exposes them to this abuse and leaves them powerless to effectively change it.

Trungpa also created a large ‘outer fringe’ of compliance professionals, with his Naropa Institute, that has graduated hundreds of young people with his ‘vision’ in their heads, for the last forty years, to join academics, journalists, psychologists and artists, and corporations with his ‘contemplative leadership’;  places where his Tibetan Tantra could infiltrate and do the most harm to democratic values of marriage, the family, and the rule of law and the moral compass of a western civilization.

This time, the Tibetan Lamas, and their Tantra, have hooked up with those of a leftist persuasion.  But, in the past,  it has mostly  been the fascist right, during contemporary history, that was attracted to Tibetan Tantra. It is also helpful that part of the ‘vision’ of Trungpa and his brother lamas, is to make westerners no longer believe in western history, or any history at all, in these sanghas; except the made-up history about these lamas being divine and only here to help ‘save the world.’

The Shambhala administration and its leaders have counted on that: their divine history of a world view for the imagined future, that has blinded them for forty-seven years to what has been taking place in reality.  A reality, they say to themselves that ‘doesn’t exist.’ When all is an illusion than anything goes.

It blinded the Tibetan people, for over a thousand years, with the lamas’ same loaded language, doublespeak, double binds in their Tibetan teachings and the same vajra master paradigm the lamas always set up.

They are setting it up now in China, and China (SAR) with the very same Tibetan  lamas;  so successful here in creating Manchurian candidates, that even the death and abuse of their children in their ‘enlightened society,’ at the hands of these gurus,  are continuously enabled by their ‘wise elders’  of Trungpa’s inner circle.  These wise elders, while pretending, once again, to address the abuse, are involved in a massive damage control campaign, to keep these victims of abuse from going to the police and using  the western rule of law to stop the organized criminality in their sanghas.  If they can get them using a ‘talking stick,’ again, ‘ in-house’ they will have time to have it blow over, and be swept under the rug.  As always.

The Dalai Lama and his Tibetan Buddhism was funded, for years, by the way, by the CIA, known for experimenting in cult control techniques Not to mention the billions the Dalai Lama and the hundreds of other lamas have continued to collect from his  bogus ‘Free Tibet’ projects; all tax-free.

Now, there is a vast background of fringe enablers, who absolutely do not  want the institutionalized sexual abuses and skullduggery of these lamas to be exposed. Not the least, because they have been cling-ons for decades to the Dalai Lama’s ‘compassion currency’ that have boosted their own careers .  Many have their own Tibetan lamas to protect.  Since these are academics, psychologists and  journalists, that the establishment media have embraced, then they get to control the public narrative.  The last thing they want is for the world to see how much they were fooled by these masters of the masked dance, the lamas, as well as the public. Their own careers and credibility are at stake. They have danced with the devil and cannot stop.

Most of these Lamas groups are now churches, with no transparency, or are under the umbrella of one of the major Lamaist sects, such as the Karma Kagyu sect,  that has church protection.

What people don’t know is that Shambhala International and the Rigpa Organization, both Tibetan  Lamaist groups with the most egregious abuses exposed,  are working together, today,  to make sure the rampant  crimes, inside their respective sanghas, are covered-up, with bogus ‘reconciliation’ events, all conducted ‘in-house’  and then reported in their Tibetan Buddhist flag-ship magazines, to keep everyone from going to the police.

A celebrity Lama, like Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, like so many lamas before him, throws  a confusing net over those Sogyal Rigpa students who try to break free. He did the same thing with the Shambhala students, in the early 90s, who briefly woke up then, after Trungpa’s Regent’s AIDS scandal was exposed.  Many ex-Shambhala students became Lama Dzongsar  students; some of them his sexual consorts. He is hoping the same thing happens again, with the Rigpa students in France.  He is bankrolled by a wealthy Chinese billionaire .

A few ex-Rigpa students escaped totally, however, and are filing charges with legal authorities in France, who still recognizes dangerous cults and can go after them, legally.

But, it will be much harder for Shambhala ex-members to do this, because they carry Trungpa’s fantasy Kingdom (based on the  apocalyptic Kalachakra Tantra of Tibetan Lamaism) in their heads, at all times, and believe its beautiful ‘vision’ is always  worth saving.  Despite nearly fifty years of gross sexual abuse, physical abuse, pedophilia, and extreme mental control,  inside their sanghas, with never  any criminal charges taken against the perpetrators.

Perpetrators that include the lamas, their inner circle, and the criminal types that are attracted to such groups, where ‘anything goes’ and where all egregious behaviors are seen as part of the enlightened mix that ‘transcends conceptual reality.’

One has to begin to ask, why are these dangerous cults of abuse still allowed to exist in  democracies that are based on the rule of law? And why is Tibetan Lamaism,  the same paradigm as that of Bhagwan Rajneesh’s group, still protected by our legal system that never goes after them, as they did Rajneesh?  Back in 1985?

Well, they were given ‘church status’ by the influence of Eileen Barker, from the London School of Economics who decided that calling them cults was too harsh;  better they should be designated as ‘new religious movements’; a label that stuck and allowed them to explode as mega-churches, with billions now in assets.  Yet, this is what has been going on with no legal redress inside just two of these Lamaist groups:

At least the Shambhala members, who have been financially and physically abused,  almost murdered, and so many of the young women, who have been  sexually abused, even as children,  are starting to use the world “criminal” and saying that these egregious behaviors inside their sanghas can no longer be seen as outside the law of justice in the United States and Canada. France came to the conclusion with Lama Sogyal and Rigpa, many months ago. 

Will Shambhala ex-members be able to take the hardest and most difficult leap?  By realizing that they are not special,  that their leaders have financially and physically (free labor) and sexually abused them, and that this Enlightened Society, which in the early Trungpa days was referred to as an ‘Enlightened Dictatorship,”  is not worth saving,  if they want to save themselves and all the future young women and men who might wander into this occult group of  organized abuse, with a compassionate facade?

Trungpa’s son, Osel Mukpo is attending a conference on Domestic Abuse, while people inside his sangha are accusing him of the same.

In 2014, before this rampant abuse and tolerance of pedophilia in the community, for the last forty years,  leaked out in 2018,   Shambhala was conducting politically correct campaigns and nice words from their psychologist cult members, and public relations department, with the usual soft-propaganda- designed, Shambhala rhetoric  created to make people think this group was about gender equality, as a recruiter technique. So, of course the sexual abuse inside the group got worse.

As it is sure to get worse, if these abused ex-members of Shambhala don’t go to the police and stop worrying about whether they are creating an ‘enlightened society’ in the future. It’s time to deal with what is happening now and that the Shambhala teachings are based on the misogynistic Tantra of medieval primitive beliefs about women and sexuality.

This cannot be ‘healed’ when it is based on  Tibetan Lamaist Tantric teachings that are androcentric to their core. Lamas have always believed they are ‘above western law’ and their Tantric teachings transcend mere human institutions. These are lamas who see others as existing only  to serve them; their enlightened gurus who are perfect and beyond good and bad. This is a religion of Divine Narcissists who are here to pin all female energy down, and undermine centuries of  democratic values of freedom and equality, particularly that of women.

Forty-seven years of all evidence to the contrary, should have taught them that as long as they remain under the coercive persuasion of Shambhala’s loaded language rhetoric in their heads,  their ‘professional compliance’ officers will continue to control the narrative and they will never be free of this abuse that will continue, and get worse.

Nevertheless, these brave dharma brats have declared that the King and his Kingdom have no clothes and his Shambhala Court of Couldn’t Care Less  is naked to the world, thanks to the #me-too movement, and may be about to have a long-overdue awakening. They are about to be ‘enlightened’ in a way they never imagined.. 

Copyright© Christine A. Chandler, M.A., C.A.G.S.

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Ex-Tibetan Rigpa Student Really Speaks Out

Objet : How Did It Happen: Response to Dzongsar, Responding to Bernie:

Yesterday Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche sent a letter to Bernie S in reply to a letter Bernie sent to him last August. The August letter was published on the How Did it Happen Blog and a link to it was posted here. Rinpoche requested that we also post a link to his reply. It begins with ….

Dear Bernie,

I am sorry for not responding much sooner to your letter of 23rd August. The main reason is that I’m just so lazy but also pretend to be busy – a pretence that ends up actually making me busy. In fact, I had started to respond to your letter months ago but somehow never got around to finishing this return letter till now.

However, I want to assure you that, because the Buddhadharma and especially the Vajrayana are dear to my heart, I do pay attention as much as time allows to what you and others write. So, from my heart, I want to offer my sincere appreciation for the great effort and thoughtfulness you and many others have been putting into the dialogue of the past seven months. …

Read the rest of the letterhere.

The story so far:

Sogyal is ‘disgraced,’ has gone into hiding and unlikely to come back, so a very exciting vacancy has opened up for the right lama: high-status, traditionally qualified, but modern, cool, approachable and almost painfully hip.


Now, who might fit the bill?…….


But there’s a problem: the previous incumbent turned out to be a massive pervert, but no matter how deranged his behaviour became, not a single lama seemed to mind in the slightest, we just kept turning up as if everything was absolutely fine and now people are asking a lot of very awkward questions.


So, how could a suitable candidate polish his CV, soothe anxieties and deflect all this embarrassing attention at the same time? It can’t be that difficult, some of these people are what you used to call ‘Dzogchen junkies’, by now they’re probably desperate for a replacement dealer, they’ll believe almost anything.


What about a little self-deprecating humour to start with, ( Hey guys , I can laugh at myself, see?  so I’m not like Sogyal, you can trust me )


Then a modicum of tepid criticism of Sogyal for not ‘warning’ students…..because, well, he’s gone anyway……but under no circumstances mention the serious damage he did to so many of his students by decades of appalling sexual abuse, violence, and psychological torture…….because that would only start them asking questions again, like: “you mean he should have warned us about…..that?”.


Only talk about nice non-abuse related subjects: exciting but unquantifiable things like Dzogchen, the Nature of Mind (always a winner) and Samaya.  Get in touch with your inner Trungpa: use rugged key-words like ‘responsibility’ ‘choice’ ‘sacrifice’ ‘biggest adventure’ ‘liberating decision’ and so on, as if being a Rigpa member was a heroic, spiritual version of joining the elite Special Forces and being repeatedly attacked by a violent sexual predator was like an assault-course…..tough yes, but ultimately character-building in a wholesome, Vajrayana kind of way.


Flattery works too: don’t forget to say how impressed you are by all Sogyal’s students, throw in some ’Pure Perception’ detergent, it removes those embarrassing, stubborn moral stains that no amount of ordinary rational thinking can.


Patronize them a bit, but not too much, tell them they’re all good people but they’re responding very emotionally, negatively or defensively.


Now, skirt round the issue of ‘qualifications’…..use it to plug the book instead.


Then tie it all up neatly with references to Sogyal’s ‘Manifestation’ ( because of course he’s really a Buddha….get it?) and hint that it was all part of the plan all along, part of ‘the bigger picture.’


So, there you go…..definitely not a cult at all, you said so yourselves in that blog after all.


No sexual abuse, no violence or humiliation, and please, no need involve the law, nothing to see here, just move along now…….let’s all just get back to business as usual: you having your ‘egos crushed’……by me instead.


Job’s as good as in the bag.

Written Anonymously – from another escapee from Tibetan Buddhism, all the way out.