Thanks for the clarification, Michael--sorry for being oversensitive. And thanks everyone.Disjointed wrote:
"He is also a hypnotherapist" which comes in handy if you're starting a cult.
Maybe less than you think. I see no reason to suppose that hypnosis actually works. On the other hand, people are more suggestible than we usually realize, so it all evens out.
i.e. he felt rejected because people didn't give into his personal opinions which surely must be superior because he's a modern Caucasian.
More likely, he intuited that in a traditional setting, the personal opinions of modern Tibetans would always be considered superior to his.
Things on Lama Ivo's website that give me pause include his decision to continue the practice of guru-devotion, including the requirement not to criticize the guru. And then there are remarks like these:(From Lama Ivo's website:)
Also, a student can drop out at any stage by his/her own wish, but would lose the privilege to attend any further teachings and activities. http://skydharma.com/key-principles
You can find our community and this website beneficial if: [...] 5. You have had an OBE, NDE, ET or other ‘unusual’ experiences and know that there is much more to the picture than what meets the eye. [...] 7. You do not like to watch television, do not subscribe to the consensus world-view. [...] 9. You have memories of past lives or have done past life regression sessions. [...]
[BUT NOT IF] 1. You feel that working for a career makes sense. 2. You trust the news media, and think that our society is doing generally well. [...] 8. You believe Stephen Hawking. [...]
On the other hand, I like his "Small Key Which Opens the Big Door" ("the words of The Precious Guru Padmasambhava," from Kalushev's treasure cycle, “The Primordial Space of Samantabhadra”) very much:
For the sake of others, and with true determinationhttp://skydharma.com/the_small_key_whic ... e_big_door
I let go of all my fantasies,
and with the clarity coming from the heart of the Master,
I accept to live a simple, down to earth life.
With true humility, acknowledging death,
with true readiness, walking the path alone,
may I take responsibility
for all my failures and achievements!