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Kalu Rinpoche’s Confessional Video and the Tulku Fantasy

…t into drug addiction and alcoholism. His testimony should lead us to question the whole tulku system and the adulation that blinds us to its problems In recent posts I have been touching on issues that concern me in the way Tibetan Buddhism has been viewed, taken up and practiced in the West. Even though the NKT does not regard itself as practising ‘TibetanBuddhism, I think it has its own version of these issues. I want to continue the theme,…

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The Shugden Dispute

…ds forth flames, winds and rain-clouds against opposing forces and, his followers believe, he encloses all evil-doers, vow breakers and obstacle-creating demons within a gigantic wall. Wrathful figures like Shugden abound in Tibetan Buddhism within which they are believed to have a more than symbolic existence. To understand their role one has to look deep into Tibetan Buddhism’s shamanistic dimension – with its oracles, portents and…

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Tibetan and Zen Buddhism in Britain

…rganisations adopt to engage with western culture. The NKT’s approach seems extraordinarily successful. From a single centre – the Manjushri Institute in Cumbria – the NKT had come to dominate institutional Tibetan Buddhism in the UK, with over 180 centres and groups by the year 2000 – three-quarters of the total. But this expansion paralleled its progressive estrangement from the Tibetan Buddhist world and Kay is at his…

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Rude Awakenings: Zen at War

…at ‘If [the Russian army] is the army of Christ, ours is the army of the Buddha’. By the 1930s Buddhist teachers were advocating an ‘Imperial Way’ Zen, based, as Zen Master Yamazaki Ekiju put it, on the belief that ‘Japanese Buddhism must be centred on the emperor. … Buddhism, including Shakyamuni’s teachings, must conform to the national policy of Japan.’ Buddhist leaders willingly dubbed Japan’s campaigns in World War Two ‘a holy war’, and…

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The Order’s Relation to Bhante

…estion and explore the Buddhist tradition confident that in questioning peripheral aspects of the Dharma we will not be undermining its basis in our lives. We can dispense with the medieval nonsense and feudal hierarchies of Tibetan Buddhism, for example, and still derive inspiration from its spiritual teachings. Perhaps we tend to take this for granted, but Bhante consciously made a decisive break with the past, at the risk of incurring the…

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