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:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/05/buddhist-group-admits-sexual-abuse-by-teachers

www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/sexual-assaults-violent-rages-inside-dark-world-buddhist-teacher/

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.

The Shambhala International Community -Tolerating Crime as Enlightened Activity

See link  for latest crimes being ignored in Shambhala: https://shambhalacrime.wordpress.com/

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Christine A. Chandler

Christine, A. Chandler, M.A.; C.A.G.S. -licensed as a certified social worker, psychologist and family systems therapist, specializing in the areas of dysfunctional systems and sexual abuse. Chandler also spent nearly thirty years as a practicing Tibetan 'Buddhist'; six of those years taking care of the handicapped son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, giving her unique access to all the celebrity Tibetan lamas of the Kagyu and Nyingmapa sects, and their western inner circles, as well as the back-stage of their theatre and deceptions, created for the western world. It was not until she managed to extricate herself from these lamas and their guru-worshipping influences, that she realized she had actually been in an authoritarian, thought-controlling religious cult that disguises itself as representing the 'highest teachings of the Buddha'': the 'diamond vehicle' of Vajrayana Tantric Lamaism; but using the same techniques and engaging in the same destructive behaviors found in the most dysfunctional of sexually abusive family systems: those that use religion to justify their abuse.

6 thoughts on “More Sexual Abuse Revelations at Shambhala Centers”

  1. yes, another great article. these abuses need to be investigated and criminal charges must be persued.

  2. Dear Chris, Thanks for the links to my blog here, and your eloquent proposal that folks are beginning to recognise the scandal of covering up criminal activity with philosophical platitudes.

    The current Leader of Shambhala, Sakyong Mipham is as guilty as anybody of promoting this enabling of crime in his Sangha. In 2017, at a Shambhala sponsored Conference in Vienna called Peace Now, Mipham gave the keynote speech while one of my abusers, Lennart Krogoll gave a workshop on ‘De-escalating Conflict’. Krogoll’s still published bio for the conference states that he is a professional in the field of (military, no less!) conflict resolution.

    However, in 2015 Shambhala cited Krogoll’s failure, “…to resolve conflict between [civilian] Staff”, in banning him from holding an office in Shambhala and removing him from the Directorship of Dorje Denma Ling, one of Shambhala’s four residential retreat centres. They simultaneously banned Jeremy Blackburn from the Centre, as my main suspect in my attempted murder there. This followed his harrassment of me as a Staff member on Krogoll’s watch, which included one broadly witnessed and reported physical assault on me by him besides other aggression towards myself. An ‘all’ Staff investigation then omitted Blackburn, with the investigator reasoning via email to me that, “I am not the Police”. Blackburn and Krogoll are old friends. The official, still published line is that Krogoll resigned after 3 1/2 years of, “…devoted service”, while the Organisation formally concluded my Complaint against Krogoll by firing him, citing his failures in conflict resolution.

    So, in 2017 Mipham falseley promoted Krogoll as a professional in the field of conflict resolution, knowing that Krogoll had recently failed to both prevent and report crime, while serving as one of his office holders, as appointed by Mipham personally.

    If people don’t take the time to document abuse it will continue. Everything I write is evidenced in formal documents. For this reason I am pilloried by almost everyone I know in Shambhala, and every Officeholder. I challenge the status quo and am outcast accordingly. It’s a very small price to pay for bringing light onto charlatans.

  3. And then the silence; Acharya’s, Shastri all. Kind of makes a mute point of the never to happen Saked-ones book tour on communication and ‘social meditation’.

  4. Shambhala is a cult because it recruited “followers”. To condemn all Buddhist organizations as cults is just wrong. Westerners love to blame everyone else for their misfortunes and mistakes. I’m not saying the founder and his son aren’t wrong and guilty of the misconduct, but people, where is your common sense? The Dalai Lama always says, “Be careful who you choose as your teacher because you will become like them.” The Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism teaches critical thinking and analysis of the teachings. The Buddha warned those he was teachings not to “follow” him but to use their intelligence and think critically. Christine Chandler, in many ways, has missed the boat on Buddhism in general; so sad. She is correct about Shambhala.

    1. I wonder if you actually read my book, which goes in detail about how Tibetan ‘Buddhism” is not really Buddhism, but is a guru-worshiping cult, (which was everything the Buddha was acually rebelling against i.e. Hindu guru worship, and elitism (Hindu Brahminism) .Likw the Lamas engage in, ( why the wealty elite LOVEs them) and meets all the criteria ,of past cult experts, of being a cult which has now infiltrated even anti-cult sites, with few exceptions.

      This is because of fooling the soft sciences, like psychologists ( like myself) who were targeted to reject & programmmed to reject America, our Judea-Christian Western roots in favor of a medieval Asian culture and religion that even Jung said would be bad for the West (wrong archetypes) and would confuse them.

      Oila! it has.

      Look around you.

      And, they are all recruiting through Hollywood films, through Naropa graduates (Trungpa’s creation to create his
      enlightened dictatorship) and the other Lamas took their lead from his campaign to dumb the first generation of a significant mass of baby boomers, many who were Marxists, down and this gave them a very clever and peaceful facade. to reject really all other religions, particularly Christianity, and including other Buddhist groups, which Tibetan Buddhist teachings tell us are an ‘inferior’ path. The Tibetan Lamas came with a specific agenda, and it wasn’t peace.They taught that they are the “third turning of the dharma wheel,” i.e. “superior” teachings to Mahayana Buddhism and being sneaky deceptive cowards, they conflate the two, while they promote Tantra to most of their devotees as a far-away-secret-prize, if they enter the Vajrayana, which devotees all do, with few exceptions. Those were usually Christians from the Thomas Merton stream, with a Marxist tilt that might not have joined the secret part of the teachings.

      No, not all the Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism are promiscuous, but the exception rule applies to THEM.

      I would have reacted just like you, when I was not privy to the reality of them being all interconnected, these Lamas, even sharing western ‘consorts’, and now interconnected, and subsuming the other Buddhist streams, over the course of the last 20 or so years, as the Tibetan Lamas have ‘incorporated’ other Buddhist streams, into their “Three Stream Buddhism” ( see Joseph Goldstein’s work on this) , like the Kamikaze Japanese Zen Stream, which was very prevalent in Trungpa’s Shambhala (formerly Vajradhatu group). We ate Oriokyi and studied Susuki Roshi, and Kobin Chino Roshi, the latter who personally came to visit us and Trungpa’s son often, and told us he was teaching Dzogchen (the highest Tantra, not Zen Buddhism which is more closely connected to Chinese Chan (Mahayana) Buddhism).

      Howard Zinn’s ( author of AntiAmerica History) son, Jon Kabat Zinn, is part of the Dalai Lama’s Mind and Life Institute, and his pretend secular version of mindfulness is to recruit academics into Tibetan Tantra (lots of these weird geeky academic celebrity ‘intellectuals’ must get all excited about the secret sexual teachings, is my guess) and then the Theravada group of the violent stream of Wirathu in Myanmar, which is in chaos now. You will always find the Lamas there first. Wirathu greatly admires the Dalai Lama, and like Ashara Subway Attacker, was inspired by his Wheel of Time Tantra.

      This Burmese Theravada stream joined forces with the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism, through Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein and Dan Goldman et al, from Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation , taking on the Dalai Lama, and Sogyal Rinpoche, and other Lamas, like Mingyur, and Dzongsar, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche, all working with “CCP China now, as their Gurus, thus creating the foundation of the Three Stream Buddhism, Zen Theravada and Tibetan Buddhism as the spear head, i.e. Tantra infused in all these other Buddhist lineages).

      It is all Tantra now, not Buddhism. And the Radical Left and Right using these groups? They always have, from Lenin, to Himmler, to the violent Khans, where the Dalai Lama’s lineage REALLY comes from.

      I suggest ( and I know this from experience). that you have fallen under the ‘exception rule”. so you don’t have to give up the whole Tamale which is still comforting. I could have written your post, myself, 20 years ago. I would have been so emotionally triggered by anyone criticizing the Dalai Lama or all of Tibetan “Buddhism”, that I devoted my life to? (although most western Tibetan Buddhists have other Lamas, he is considered the Santa Claus Saint, this former slave keeper, whose cruel system of Lamaism kept his people still burning themselves for his Free Tibet Hoax into the 21st century. He moved on, according to Wiki Leaks, 2009 to join the Climate Change Hoax, but forgets to tell his Tibetan people who kept burning themselves to death for his Free Tibet and their Kundun. Good Luck. Luck that will help you escape from this Tantric net. It took me 30 years, so I am not being critical of you. I know how difficult it is to even entertain the possiblity that ALL of Tibetan Lamaism and now most of Western Buddhism is corrupted by Tantra. You have yet to experience being free from this terrible ‘golden yoke’ of a 9th century clerical despotic system. First thing, notice they are all on thrones. Buddha put his hand on the earth, when he became ‘enlightened’. He was saying it was an ordinary state of mind. A rational state of mind. Common sense. The earth. not an imagined heaven.

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