awildeb wrote:I am Adele Wilde-Blavatsky...
Sorry to say this Adele but the article you wrote was crap. Not for the viewpoint you espoused, but because you condemn Kalu Rinpoche for not producing any evidence regarding his sexual assault (and attempted murder) yet you provide no substantial evidence whatsoever for your own viewpoint. In the title you say that he may be a "capitalist conman", yet you provide no solid evidence (nor mention anywhere in the article) why you believe this may be the case. I think the term character assassination may be quite apt as a description of the nature of this article and I am surprised that nobody has slapped you with a law suit yet. As for the site you chose to publish your article on, I like how it asked me for money the second time I tried to open the article and reread it. Nice!
Your saying my article is 'crap' doesn't offend me. However, that's not an argument, more an emotional insult. If that's the effect that Buddhism and your root lama has had on your mind then I feel sorry for you.
As for being 'slapped with a lawsuit', I say go ahead sue me. There is nothing in the article I am not willing to defend in a court. I have never accused Kalu Rinpoche of lying or being a fraud either. That's just your kneejerk reaction/projection to the title. The title was my idea, not the editors, but it was representative of the subject of the whole article, which is not just about Kalu Rinpoche, but about spiritual teachers in general who display apparently dubious conduct, ethics etc. and what advice students can follow in such a situation. It wasn't just about Kalu's allegations either but about his conduct and posts on social media as well.
Read my article again carefully before you start flinging untrue accusations at me too. I don't have expensive lawyers to take you to court but if I did, I wouldn't, so don't worry
Don't forget that it was published by the Elephant Journal (a widely read and respected journal) who have high editorial standards and policies. That's why they charge people who want to read more than 5 of their articles in one day, a very generous policy if you ask me.
Why do you seek to limit my freedom of speech in any case? What are you so fearful of? That someone might agree with me and question the motivation and conduct of your teacher as well? That's called freedom of expression my friend. Something many people have fought long and hard for.
It is extraordinarily naïve for you (and Kalu Rinpoche) to think that him making a public accusation of sexual abuse on Youtube is not going to register some disagreement and upset on all sides. Ironically, I am one of the few people who is taking his allegations VERY seriously. Which is I why I think he owes it to himself, his students, other monks at his monastery and so son, to be more specific and back it up with evidence. Otherwise, why did he go public with it? As an ex-lawyer, I also strongly believe in the principle, innocent until proven guilty. The accused do deserve and should be able to demand a right to respond and defend themselves as well. If you had been accused of such a thing on Youtube, wouldn't you seek to defend yourself? Whether or not the accuser is wealthy, powerful and a Tibetan lama. This is what justice is about, all are equal before the eyes of the law. It does't matter whether you accept his word on faith or not. That's not just or fair, sorry. That's not calling anyone a liar, just demanding justice for all.
Let's not forget his is not just the accused who have been put on public trial without a defence, this is an allegation has put the Tibetan monastic system itself on trial without a defence too, watch Kalu Rinpoche's video again, for his comments about the tulku system etc. The responses on social media and internet by westerners stating that the Tibetan monastic system is as bad as the Catholic Church etc. are outrageous and potentially slanderous too. Where are the public statements from the Dalai Lama, the 17th Karmapa, Tai Situ Rinpoche etc. on Kalu's allegations? Isn't their silence saying something? Why are you not demanding that they respond/support Kalu? Could it be because they don't agree with his Youtube method of dealing with this either?
Buddhism is not a cult based on blind faith, your comments make it sound like one. Please don't for all our sakes.