There are now more than twenty-five Tantric and Mixed Tantric-infused Zen and Theravada Centers in Maine. Four years ago there were twelve. One should check out one’s own State by googling ‘Vajrayana Buddhism,’ or just ‘Buddhist Centers’ in your State since the Lamas have pretty much incorporated the celebrity Zennies and Thich Na Hahn types by now, thanks to the lucrative ‘mindfulness movement’ that Trungpa started to undermine democracy by stealth. “Deception”: the first rule in the Art of War by Sun Tzu.
Tashi Armstrong, a devotee of the dead Trungpa and his dead and equally sexually abusive Regent, sums up the belief system of Tibetan Tantric Lamaism he is bringing to Maine to further confuse all those young students at Bates, Bowdoin and Colby College.
His post on his Facebook page, and on his website, is a good example of Tantra’s diktat on how to view his guru’s amoral behaviors, and his sexual abuse of young men in this group who struck his fancy, while infected with AIDS. It makes it clear why this atavistic cult of guru worship posing as Buddhism is dangerous to our values in a free and open democracy. As to his guru seducing hundreds of young men while knowingly infected with AIDS and believing Ancient Tantric practices would protect him and them:
We should be extremely careful about rushing to conventional moral judgments. How many of us would recognize Tilopa if we met him today? We are very obscured. This says nothing about the special vows that tantrikas take in this instance. To view this in a conventional way is obscene and unforgivable.
In case people do not know, Armstrong is a student of the infamous Chogyam Trungpa who also slept with hundreds of women in his ‘religious group’ to prove their guru-devotion to him. He illegally kept a harem of his favorites. His son, Osel Mukpo is carrying on the sexually abusive tradition of Lamaism
and heads up two hundred plus Shambhala centers, although pretending to resign after his sexual abuse was all over the mainstream news.
These Lamas don’t quit. They don’t make mistakes according to themselves and their delusional cult members. Armstrong has not only brought Trungpa, his son and his Regent teachings to Maine from Ojai California, but he is unapologetic in his view of non-duality Tantra that says his Regent did nothing wrong.
There is no right and wrong, or good and bad, for these western Tantric Lamaism cult members, except those people who think having sex with young men while knowing one is infected with a deadly disease is wrong and criminal. Those people are Rudra-hell wrong, and are called “heretics” inside their groups, while they pretend to the outside world they are the new ‘secular spirituality.’
These people are the fallen, the unworthy, the “deplorable” while pointing the finger at everyone else as the “religious fundamentalists” and the “close-minded.” These are the people who check off ‘no religion’ on forms to hide how many are members of eastern cults.
Or, their cynical inner circle are now calling their practices just “Buddhism.” dropping the ‘Tibetan’ designation to further hide they are Tantra and bury their secrets by ‘blending’ with other Buddhist groups. The other Buddhist groups, like Zen and Theravada, are happily going along because they have been able to cash-in on The Dalai Lama’s and the Karma Kagyu Tibetan Lamaist’s mindfulness meditation’s billion-dollar commodity with their own tax-free ‘mindfulness foundations,’ books, apps, and mindfulness seminars of their own.
Mr. Armstrong cites ancient fairy tales to prove his point; the only history western Tibetan Buddhists, some with PhDs, come to believe in order to justify their non-duality views. His circular reasoning and citation of Lamas and medieval Lamaist texts is his ‘proof’ that the Regent did nothing wrong. This is a circular prison of the mind that cannot be penetrated when people are still inside the cult. They have no reasoning abilities anymore, except to use words that sound articulate while citing medieval, feudal Lamas and their occult texts as justification for all they do in their ‘no-good-no bad’, ‘no right, no wrong, Tantric world:
The essence of the Vajrayana is samaya. All of you here have as your main lama Trungpa Rinpoche. And after him your lama is the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin. Now in the Vajrayana our main samaya is to our root lama and after this with our vajra brothers and sisters.