Well my life my choice. It is very simple. If I follow the master I follow his teaching. I am not sitting and getting exited by the gossips about him, or his performance or that other person got harmed by him. I do not read Camus or whoever, but rather Dogen etc. and it is clearly stated what is required from the disciple. And definitely there is not anything like about teacher misbehavior which should not be in the scope of student perception. If so then the perception is wrong.
If I sit and just get upset by my teacher, then there is no reason to practice zen. and zen has nothing to do with ''common sense'' etc. since exactly this became rather source of my suffering... I can see a lot of ''common sense'' around and the result is rather questionable.
I read some other critics, not only Aitken. What really impressed me is, that those people did not help anyone. They only gave bad feelings to others, who lost their faith. Which in a way is very good because it means that those who lost it, did not have it simply
And another question I have is - why does it always happens in America? What is wrong there? Why they do not have all those scandals in Europe for instance? Do you think that zen teachers in Europe are different? Specially Japanese?
Why Europeans are less concerned about teachers behavior? Are they more stupid or more naive then Americans, or is it just question of culture and standards? If that is so, are Americans not victims of their own culture, which will prevent them from following zen or tibetan buddhism? Or they will be able to follow something which only reminds puristic, restrictive, protestant form of Buddhism? It seems to me that Europe is much more relaxed about religion then America, which follows its own standards, not necessarily Buddhist.
And let me ask you a question, did your teacher, Shimano did something wrong to you? Abused you? Or?