Silent Bob wrote:
Ok, I categorically dismiss Holy Ole as a lightweight and a pretender, undeserving of any small part of the mantle of the Karma Kamtsang lineage, though in fact he's no worse than most of us who regard ourselves as serious practitioners while our behavior speaks otherwise.
While our behavior speaking otherwise may be true, it's not really comparable since most of us don't have thousands of students and/or aren't taking on any in general.
What's happening in Europe at the moment is very frightening. History shows that right-wing xenophobia is always a potential entailment from economic instability/crisis. This is not the first time that minority groups have been scapegoated. Scapegoating on religious or ethnic lines often does not end well.....
That a Buddhist leader is actively involved in perpetrating this xenophobia (do a google search: there are right-wing anti-Islam blogs which have nothing to do with Buddhism, but which quote Lama Ole, and hold him to be courageous defender of free speech)......it is completely unacceptable.
I don't know what scapegoating you're talking about but the thing is, Islam is
(still) dangerous. I do think that Buddhist teachers shouldn't involve themselves in politics much though.