There are some inaccurate and even dishonest statements being made in the RandomStu drive-by posting above.
It reminds one of what can be read on some Siddha Yoga websites...of the subset of ex-SYDA people who basically say..."I got mine, so screw you". (the self-centeredness of some folks in the allleged spiritual community is stunning)
That sounds like Werner Erhard.
The fact that so many people were seriously harmed by the Siddha Yoga sect is something they want to try to propagandize against as much as possible. Who cares about all the reports of so many young women being sexually violated? Who cares about the massive listings of abuses and criminality committed?
It makes you think... a lot of effort is put into trying to minimize what happened. Minimizing is being an Apologist. In the recent book Eat, Pray Love, she doesn't mention the SYDA abuses at all...like it never happened. That's propaganda and literally denial.
The claim that 99% of people that showed up at the Muktananda events were unaffected is false. Its not anywhere near that high. But all these groups of professional salesmen know it a numbers game. You throw out the net, and grab the best fish you can, and reject the undesirables. That is called Qualifying the Customer...like the modern SYDA, they clearly only want rich "students", and charge them 50x as much. They don't want penniless acolytes...
They are not "self-selected", that is nonsense. Some people are more suggestible to various Trance-states and can be more easily entranced.They TARGET specifics sub-groups of easier and more desirable "fish".
That is exactly what Byron Katie does.
They specifically TARGET a certain democraphic of people, you can tell by their advertising and techniques.
And for someone to claim that the Love-Bomb, Social Influence and LGAT techniques that have evolved since the 70's arenot that powerful...either they are clueless, or they have an agenda to try to minimize them for their own uses. There is a mountain of research in these areas.
But perhaps that is to be expected.
Seung Sahn and the Kwan Um School of Zen do not have clean hands either, as has already been discovered. They were(are?) a very authoritarian group, and after Seugn Sahn's sexual abuses with his students, Seung Sahn should have quit, or been thrown out. But KUSZ also seems to want to whitewash and minimize past abuses. Where is any of this mentioned on their websites?
(Zen and the Art of Organization? (Seung Sahn) Kwan Um School of Zen)
And as mentioned, Seung Sahn and Byron Katie's husband Stephen Mitchell were collaborators.
What is the relationship now between the Kwan Um School of Zen, and Byron Katie International?
Lastly, notice the apparent tone of contempt for the "victim"? Its clear RandomStu does not read the threads there. These threads are not even about victims, but they are about the tricks, techniques, tactics, lies, deceptions, LGAT seminars, and sales methods of Byron Katie, and others like her.
But people in the Guru business don't like too much accurate information to get out, as then the LGAT style seminar Guru-tricks don't work as well.
For example, now that people know in advance that Byron Katie is going to ask for their wedding rings...you better believe many of them are wearing rings from a Cracker Jack box to the seminar. THAT WRECKS THE ENTIRE TECHNIQUE, as the Transference will not work with some cheapo ring from the dollar store. It backfires on BK, when she loses the ability to trick people like that.
When the techniques of the LGAT get taught to the public, they can stop working on many people, and EACH person they stop working for is $5,000-$20,000-$50,000 that Byron Katie, or these other groups don't get. That is why they try to block the facts from coming out, each person that learns the facts costs them at least $5,000.
For larger seminar packages these days with various groups, it can be $30,000.
The last thing they want is an educated, assertive, intelligent public.