Ven. Lozang Gyaltsan wrote:
Just to clarify: I have no direct connection to the Norbu House project or other projects of White Conch Dharma. I do support the group and their work. I know many White Conch members. They are hard-working, dedicated individuals both in their Dharma practice and in their commitment to other sentient beings. Whatever opinion you may have of the controversy surrounding the Lama, you have no reason to be disrespectful of her, her students, or the projects they undertake.
Mr Lozang, or who ever you really are, I was a very close student of this woman and I know from experience, she does not practice what she teaches. Yes, she does "ordain" if you will without a quorum of fully ordained monks. She also openly rejects certain vinaya vows as they are not convenient for her. "ordained" monk have been seen swimming half naked with scantly clad women in Bali for example. Her behavior has often encouraged student to compete with each other for her attention and fight with one another.
She also has created her own meditation practices. Ist, it the was the "Blue-Light Meditation" supposedly based on Heruka tantra and now that has morphed to the Green-Light meditation. She would just start students out on a tantic meditation, many of whom never studied a word of Buddhism prior to meeting her.
She also on many occasions proclaimed herself to be 1) the Guru of Gurus (other gurus come to her for teaching), 2) Reincarnation of Milarepa 3) the reincarnation of Shariputra, and 4) the reincarnation of one of Je TsongKhapa's 2 main disciples. She made these proclamations over the course of time and I found it unbelievable that some of her students would just accept it verbatim. When I challenged them if they really believe it, they responded in the affirmative and didn't think it was impossible at all.
While I was there I watched several peoples dysfunctions become worse, not better which I felt was telling. I believe the student is a reflection of the teacher and while it may or may have not changed since I left, the students were out of hand in their behaviors in the way they treated each other. I found more love and acceptance in a local Baptist church than in our group. it was just another of a long list of red flags for me at the time.
I feel that pointing out that she has not been recognized by either HHDL and Trijang Rinpoche say a lot. I was with her on her first trip to India and HHDL refused to see her and yet she still claimed that HHDL had given her "inner" recognition which was more important according to her at the time. She was embarrassed at Sera Je when no teacher would come and acknowledge her at all. There are reasons for this.
Of the hundred and hundreds of people who became her student, only a bare handful of those people remain from 2001. She has lost appeal to many people, some who were significant donors, just by how she is and behaves. While all groups have some attrition, it seems to be excessive from her group.
It also is important to follow the guidelines to determine if your teacher is qualified or not as laid out in various Lamrim. If the students that are with her find her method works for them, then good for them. I know that for myself and many many others who have been around her for any length of time, decide she is not the teacher she represents herself to be and thus not for them.