The above question is my own paraphrasing (as an advise columnist would) the contents of a letter seeking advise but in this case from an email I received from a correspondence I received asking for my advice on how to deal with what appears to the person who wrote me a disturbing trend in his local sangha.
My response to the above question which I submit here for your consideration was that it sounded to me like members of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s Sangha in Canada are merely acting out their anxieties over their relationship with their highly respected and much in demand Buddhist teacher by being willfully ignorant with him in there refusal to discuss the more troubling aspects of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Canada, (where my correspondent is from), as if Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche would approve of their making excuses for Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (and Osel Tendzin), allegedly, while residing in Canada violating Canadien criminal law as it pertains to a “Person in authority” having sex with minors, the age of consent being 21) under their authority.
I would like to think that Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche doesn’t believe that he and his fellow Rinpoches are above the law.
Perhaps someone can ask Rinpoche himself.
I’d like to hear from Dzongsar
Khyentse Rinpoche why he thinks members of his sangha in Canada would take issue, in the name of the dharma, with my correspondent’s understandable need to discuss what happened when Trungpa decamped from the United States to Canada where he later died in disgrace, as the story goes, an alcoholic who drank himself to death.
What end could possibly be served by their denying what this person himself witnessed so many years ago?
My correspondent is a lawyer with a very impressive list of Rinpoches that he has had the privilege of sitting at their feet over his many years as a dharma practitioner.
And one memorable encounter with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche during his final days while said correspondent was studying law in Halifax back when it was little more than a quite Maritime fishing village which made a lasting impression on him as a young man.
My brother’s first wife was a Halifax girl.
If either Trungpa or Osel Tendzin were interfering with persons under their authority while they were still minors as my correspondent alleges it no doubt would have been the talk of the town.
It would have been a bone of contention for the local folks.
Yes, it is all in the past, but that being said this does not explain the trend as described here, of the sangha of a highly respected Buddhist teacher denying what is true of any Buddhist teacher teaching in Canada today, that none are above the law.
This is a no brainer and that it problematic for Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s sangha in Canada is most troubling to me as a lama, thus my decision to run the above here up the flag pole and see what readers of this blog think of it as dharma practitioners.