Silent Bob wrote:
Same old rehashed thread, but once again and for the record, I was his student for 12 years and saw quite a bit of him. I honestly cannot think of an instance where he harmed anyone, seriously or otherwise. I was never comfortable with his Trickster aspect, nor with the partying and intense jostling for status that I perceived in the Boulder sangha c. 1972-85, and which eventually motivated me to move on, but "harm"?..not in my experience.
OK, thanks for that. That sounds right based on what I've read.
Yah, this subject is tiresome, and has been done to death, but I'll just head it off at that pass. When people say Trungpa "harmed," they are likely referring to one of two things: some sort of perceived "enabling" in regards to substance abuse, or the Osel Tenzin saga.
IMO, neither holds much weight. Osel bears responsiblity for his actions, I don't believe Trungpa knew he was HIV-positive. But hey, I could be wrong. In any case, do we REALLY need to go there, here?
I completely agre with you, but I think the subject is actually pretty important because of the role Trungpa played in the transmission of the Dharma to the west. I haven't really followed all the online discussion about him, so maybe this topic is indeed old hat.