Tilopa wrote:I know and nor was mine directed specifically at your post.
Right, that's why I'd edited my post and said: "Not that you thought it was".
In the context of HYT it seems few people fully understand when it's appropriate to practice with a consort and who is a suitable person to practice with. Everyone has an opinion but I wonder how many have actually received complete instruction on karmamudra practice from a teacher who really knows what they're talking about. Reading books, internet forums, or even the original Tantras and commentaries leaves a lot of scope for subjective and faulty interpretation. The most secret aspect of consort practice is an ear whispered teaching and anyone who's received it knows that a considerable amount of what's written about utilizing sexual desire on the path is at best partially correct and at worst misleading nonsense - especially, but not only, here at DW.
I agree with you to an extent. However H.H. the Dalai Lama himself has spoken quite openly and very clearly about Karmamudra. Perhaps we'll examine some of what he has said about it, citing Berzin-Archives and some of the books by H.H. the Dalai Lama. Also, I have received instructions on Sexual Yoga practice. Of course in order to determine, in an open forum, if the said instructions are complete, could be a cause of Samaya breakage for one or both of us (although not necessarily).
Tilopa wrote:This is often said to justify a lama's sexual activity with his female students and also one of the points raised by the author of the essay.
It's still the Lama's business if he or she engages in consentual sexual activity with students of the opposite sex. And even if some Lama's aren't really qualified to do that, there are much worse forms of sexual misconduct that are rampant within the contemporary world of Buddhism. I don't really see how the author of the essay's essay will do much good. But if the author of the said essay is clairvoyant and can see that many Lamas don't actually have the capacity to enter into sexual contact with students without them accruing negative karma, then that's his choice to write such articles, for better or for worse (or maybe the author can see that many of the said Lama's other actions are not in accordance with Dharma, such a case being a major cause of suspicion in regard to their motivation for practicing Sexual Yoga with students; but I don't recall the article mentioning this).
However, there are as I said much worse forms of sexual misconduct rampant within Buddhism especially with Westerners. So again, if one doesn't have confidence in a Lama being qualified to enter into sexual union with students, then simply find another Lama. Maybe some unqualified Lama's are entering into sexual contact with students as an excuse to samsarically indulge. But this doesn't mean that there aren't many Lama's who actually are qualified to practice Karmamudra with students as authentic Dharma activity.
I thought it was written as an expression of concern about an important issue. It's not a criticism of any particular lama or teacher.
Well that's why I said:
"Although from what I saw of the article in the original post, no specific names were actually mentioned."
Even so, I don't see what the article would accomplish.
And, in regard to what I said here:
"There are much worse forms of sexual misconduct rampant within Buddhism especially with Westerners."
There are bigger fish to fry so to speak, this being the case.