Nemo wrote:I hate to admit it but he seems like an interesting guy who went crazy. He had the Karma to make millions with almost no work on his part, is very intelligent and talented. His merit is exceptional.
While he had the karma to make lots of money - I don't know if I'd call it merit. Getting lots of money can be a serious obstacle if you don't have wisdom to use it properly. Money is not necessarily beneficial. Real wealth is having no desire for more than you can use.
Nemo wrote:If only he had a good Lama who would beat the crap out of him when he tried to be a monk and screw chicks at the same time he could have gone somewhere. Is this what happens when you let a Gyalpo into your life? I actually feel sorry for him. He must feel very guilty for all the rope he gave Christie. Does it look like he is dealing appropriately with with causing the death of one friend and the mental breakdown of another?
I would hope it is causing him to have a rethink about where his life is going. However, he seems so far off beam from where he started and he has introduced so many things into his spiritual practice, it could be very difficult for him and his students to find their way back now.
You know, I also feel sorry for the serious long-term ordained Western Sangha. You know the ones you never hear about on these boards. The people who do not start their own groups but spend their time in retreat, or studying hard or just serving their teacher and their communities. A schmuck like Roach can get everybody a bad name.
You cannot polish a turd - however a pleasing effect can be attained by rolling one in glitter.