mr. gordo wrote:
Chaz wrote:Yes, Malcom does have a wealth of knowledge ands it would be awesome if he'd share more, but his particular ....... idiom ....... becomes unbearable. As an example I would cite his repudiation of Dr. Reggie Ray. It's nearly impossible to find anything about Reggie Ray to put down. His credentials are impecable (although I'm not so sure about his Vajrayana creds myself). Yet, Malcom saw fit to completely disrespect one of the most highly respected western Dharma teachers in the world.
What exactly did Malcolm say about Reggie Ray? I don't recall exactly.
He said that Ray wasn't a qualified Dharma teacher.
You can find a transcript here:http://esanghalert.wordpress.com/category/reginald-ray/
To sum up, Ray was quoted as saying a belief in literal rebirth wasn't necessary. Malcom took some serious issue with that, made his condemnation and then locked the thread.
To my knowledge, Reggie Ray left Shambhala because he was giving tantric empowerments without the authorization of The Sakyong. I guess it's up to the individual person to decide whether this is considered something to be commented on.
Ray left Shambhala because he wanted
to give those empowerments and the Sakyong refused to permit it. That may have something to do with Malcom's repudiation but I don't think so. As it turns out Ray's defection has never been a very big deal, even within the Shambhala community. You'd think that Ray's deceision to empower his students without the Sakyong's blessing would have stirred up a hornet's nest like The Tradition That Shall Not Be Named did with the Practice That Shall Not Be Mentioned. Yet, there was nothing. Ray continues teaching and attracting students. He still works closely with Tricycle and other publications. He recently completed a lovely center in Crestone, CO. If he's done or said anything to merit Malcom's repudiation, then it's a sentiment shared by very few people.
It should also be kept in mind that the Sakyong himself has never, to the best of my knowledge ever publicly disavowed or repudiated Ray in any way. His office did announce that Ray's students' Vajrayana empowerments didn't hold over to Shambhala. But that's all.
I think "unbearable" is a bit much. lol
Maybe, but I found it unbearable enough to cease visiting or posting to eSangha long before the hacker got to it.