The Dangers Of Mindfulness
I don’t think one needs to do hours of meditation or join a mindfulness meditation group, in fact that is a sure way to narrow one down, to make it so special that it continues to fall through our grasping fingers
I spent nearly thirty years inside the cult of Tibetan Tantra that calls itself ‘Buddhism.’ I started my cult career in 1984, in Chogyam Trungpa’s Vajradhatu group; his sangha, where Trungpa kept a harem of female students and where his Regent, Thomas Rich, with the collusion of Trungpa’s inner circle, let him have had unprotected sex with his male students, while knowing he had the AIDS virus and how it was spread. At least one of the young devotees, a dharma brat, died.
The scandal rocked the liberal media, at the time.
More practical, presumably to avoid lawsuits and sweep all the sexual abuse scandals under the rug, Trungpa’s inner circle of ‘pod people,’ ( named so by the Boulder community before that town became “Little Lhasa”) along with Trungpa’s son, changed the name, Vajradhatu to Shambhala International, and transformed itself into a new-age, yoga-spirituality disguise.
I was one of their ‘pod people,’ marinated with mindfulness, to prevent me from judging what should be judged as wrong, unethical and illegal–a common side-effect of mindfulness meditation that promotes the glory of ‘being non-judgmental.’ You will hear lots of ‘spiritualized’ progressives, these days, elevating themselves about how non-judgmental they are, while judging everyone that doesn’t think exactly like them as the unfit; the deplorable; the unworthy to be heard.
When I was a Tibetan Buddhist, I believed I was a student of the highest of Buddhist teachings and a non-theist, on an individual spiritual path, a diamond vehicle, that would lead to greater awareness and freedom. While the lamas and their occult teachings were busy undermining our democratic values, our ethics and putting us all in a mindfulness trance, in order to help them recreate what they lost it Tibet.
This mindfulness meditation and their other medieval practices were suppose to set us free. Instead, over time, it enslaved us, bonding us to the lamas, who see themselves as ‘greater than Kings.”
Within these Tibetan Lamaist groups, I became part of a powerful group mind, less spontaneous, and less aware of what was happening inside the group, and outside of my cult milieu. I was certainly less free; oath-bound as I was to these lamas and their dogmatic, superstitious, highly ritualistic, and sometimes very frightening world, filled with god kings, deities, and demons, and hell realms if we revealed their ‘secrets.’
The Dalai Lama never gives public talks about the terrible hell realms these lamas tell all their western students will await them, if they commit the “two root” downfalls; the gravest of sins. These two root downfalls are: 1. speaking ill of the Tibetan lamas, who are to become your Vajra masters and ‘perfect living Buddhas,’ incapable of making mistakes; and 2. speaking ill of your vajra brother and sisters: the lamas’ sacred community of guru-worshiping devotees.
The Dalai Lama does not tell the public about the lamas’ need to have constant sex with young female devotees; secret teachings considered the essence, path and the fruition of his Tibetan ‘Buddhism’ that has nothing to do with what the Buddha taught.
The public does not know that the major proponents of this mindfulness movement, now being spread by the Dalai Lama and his academic coterie, change agents and helpmates, are part of a guru-worshiping cult of Tibetan Tantra that is here to confuse, enthrall and destroy western democracies, over time; dumbing people down, making them rely on ‘feeling and opinions’ instead of logic and facts, increasingly controlled by by the left-stream mainstream media, the entertainment industry and Hollywood. We are beginning to see the results of this spread of Tantra with the spread of pedophilia, sexual abuse and more exploitation of women, while the enablers of the Tibetan lamas are calling this ‘enlightened feminism’ or ‘secular ethics,’ ‘secular spirituality,’ or simply bringing ‘peace’ to the world.
How peaceful has the world become since these high priests of the occult, pretending to be Buddhist entered our sphere with their Tantra?
Even though I had been trained and worked as a licensed, certified social worker, a family systems therapist, and a licensed school psychologist; even specializing in the areas of sexual abuse and dysfunctional systems, the lamas were still able to slowly condition my mind, over time, with their mindfulness meditations and mind-control; their frightening images and occult rituals and practices; programmed to look away from their physical and financial exploitation and sexual abuse of their students, as though none of it was taking place, camouflaged as it always was by their lofty rhetoric of compassion and theories about emptiness and reality.
Being well-educated was no protection from the lamas’ mass hypnosis. In fact, given the higher level of education of those attracted to Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, I now believe this only makes people more susceptible to the Tibetan lamas and their esoteric teachings because, for a very long time, one believes one is studying the highest of Buddhist philosophies that will lead to the highest of truths. Tibetan Tantric Buddhism has been a siren call for academics and highbrows.
Being masters at taking the measure of westerners, the lamas have sought out the well-educated in Western society to give their Tantric teachings camouflage and credibility, to help spread its influence into academic and other influential circles. If you can diminish the ability to reason and think objectively of a significant number of the population, gradually filling their heads with myths and magic, irrationality and superstition, you can weaken the foundations of a western civilization, given enough time. The lamas always take the ‘long view’ as they continue to build out more temples, foundations, centers and institutions to slowly demolish western democracy’s cultural roots in reason, ethics, and laws. Ironically, it has been those who call themselves ‘liberals’ and ‘progressives’ have been the most enamored of these regressive, medieval lamas and their ‘mindfulness meditation.’
Once free from the Tibetan lamas and able to start using my reasoning and objective intelligence again, I watched as my subconscious had to purge itself of the fearful images and frightening visions that were imbedded along with their teachings on the four stages of mindfulness and the emptiness of self and other; I had to face nightmares and sleepless nights for even allowing myself to have a negative thought about these ‘living Buddhas,’ let alone speaking these thoughts aloud, in order to break free.
I came to realize that all Tibetan lamas, whatever the sect, all teach from the same book; the same guru-worshiping plan. Whether the lamas call it Mahamudra, Dzogchen, Shambhala, or Mahayana Buddhism, it is all Tantra, that uses techniques and meditation practices to undermine a population’s ability to think for themselves or to form discriminating judgments based on their values of right and wrong. They create obedient cult members inside all their groups, to help the lamas’ perpetuate their androcentric world that will keep them on those thrones.
My own discoveries and experience, from my first mindfulness meditation weekend at a Shambhala center, through my next decades, being drawn deeper and deeper into the lamas’ Tantric net, finally led me to an American town in Colorado, where the Tibetan lamas have joined forces with other spiritual groups and new age cults, to implement their model for a ‘spiritualized’ world citizenship, they have planned for all of us, one town and city at a time.
What I experienced in this tiny town, in the Southwest, United States, became the catalyst that finally sprung me from the Tibetan lamas’ Tantric net, and compelled me to tell my story and write my book about being enthralled by these lamas, who have now enthralled the western world.
As for finding meditation helpful or still helpful.
There were many times, that my own natural compassion and joy would break through the rituals and mind-numbing control of the lamas, where I would find myself in a very natural state of openness, without the overlay of Lamaism and all its concepts, dogma and rituals; something universal that we all have access to, despite religion and gurus. A natural joy and openness to the world, whether we call it an experience of God, or the divine, or don’t label it at all, which I find is always best. Because once we label it as ‘this or that,’ it is gone. Then we spend all our time trying to capture “this thing again” and that is how unscrupulous groups and cults can capture us: with this desire to repeat our experiences. Mindfulness becomes just another addiction, that soon has us hanging out with other addicts of mindfulness, all trying to recreate certain states of mind.
Enlightenment, I learned, was not profound, but simple, something we all experience, particularly as children, before we labelled things, whether it is following the breath to relax ( done for a short while, and NOT in groups) , or listening to the wind in the trees, watching dogs at play, listening to a great piece of classical music, watching the clouds in the sky, being woken up by a bird’s song; anything that connects us back to being present and natural which connects us with something profound, because it is so simple, and the simple is what is now profound, for me.
I don’t think one needs to do hours of meditation or join a mindfulness meditation group. In fact, that is a sure way to narrow these natural experiences down, to make them so special they continues to fall through our grasping fingers. That grasping will increase when one starts joining mindfulness groups; the concoction of cult-like members of a Tantra, Zen, Tantra and Theravada ‘blended’ Buddhism, on the sly, disguised as the new ‘secular spirituality.’ That makes one increasingly self-absorbed, less rational and more susceptible to manipulation of outside forces that are not here to create a more peaceful world, but one in lock-step and more vulnerable to outside forces of manipulation and control.
Fortunately psychologists are waking up to Mindfulness taking over their Profession. Perhaps just in the nick of time. From a Washington Post article in August of 2017: