Thank you, happytown for getting the word out.
I just now ordered a copy. the price does not seem high for a 500 page book.
Readers, pay attention to the Amazon reviews for this item. It is gonna
stir up a discussion.
A capsule summary of Christina Chandler, author of Enthralled: The Guru Cult of Tibetan Buddhism.
Christine A. Chandler,....
Chandler spent nearly thirty years studying and practicing the most esoteric teachings of the Tibetan Lamas, before realizing she was involved in an authoritarian cult that had purposely targeted the ‘educated’ class, in order to infiltrate into academia, psychology, and other ‘soft sciences,’ to weaken our institutions from within.
She also spent many years taking care of the son of a high-ranking Tibetan Lama, Chogyam Trungpa, giving her a bird’s eye view of the more hidden aspects of Tibetan Buddhism that most people, especially the fringe fans of the Dalai Lama, never see.
M.A., C.A.G.S. trained as a social worker and psychologist, who specialized in the areas of sexual abuse and dysfunctional systems. She earned postgraduate degrees in psychology, counseling and family systems therapy, as well as in school psychology. She has worked as a LICSW social worker, family therapist, and licensed school psychologist in the public school systems of Massachusetts, Vermont, and Colorado and as a licensed protective social worker in Massachusetts.
Friends, Tibetan Buddhism in the West is more than belief.
It combines politics, millions, even billions of tax exempt monies, and influences both the advertising and entertainment industry.
At least since Vatican II, the Roman Catholic church is now becoming accountable to the laypeople who support it. Unlike Himalayan Vajrayana,
Western Catholicism never had exoteric teaching for the laity and esoteric doctrine for the elite.
All, whether layperson or ordained had full access to the sacraments. The Catholic Church never taught or approved of sexual tantra.
Despite this, look at the extent of the clergy abuse that has
come to light --and still coming to light - and only because the Church
is at last under consistent, constant media and citizen scrutiny.
Himalayan Vajrayana gets a free pass from the media and press. Media coverage
of the Dalai Lama and other Vajrayana clergy is almost uniformly obsequious.
This stuff is tax exempt. You, the unenlightened taxpayers are indirectly subsidizing all this. The lamas, both Tibetan and Western, scold us for Western ego and Western materialism, but they love our Western hard currencies -- and do not disdain sexual congress with cute Western booty.
(If these tantrists actually saw Buddha in every being, they'd not
sexual tantra only with young and attractive persons. Unless Buddha is more
present in only the young and beautiful.)Enthralled: The Guru Cult of Tibetan Buddhism
When author, Christine Chandler, signed up for a simple meditation retreat, she had no idea she would be severing emotional ties with her ordinary life, in order to obey the intense practices of Tibetan Lamas; becoming one of their many western devotees and 'change agents' to help the lamas overwhelm western values and ethics in order to replace them with a Buddhist-disguised Tantric spirituality.
After nearly thirty years as a Tibetan 'Buddhist,' Chandler finally realized that she had been part of a thousand-year old, guru-worshiping cult that uses mindfulness and other contemplative practices, along with ancient and sophisticated techniques, to recruit, commit and entrap westerners into the Tibetan Lama's medieval, misogynistic world. A world where the Tibetan lamas can secretly keep harems of young women, cuckold the men, and financially, physically and spiritually exploit their students.
Chandler had a front row seat to the Tibetan Lama hierarchy and how it operates, having taken care of the son of Chogyam Trungpa, the notorious 'crazy wisdom guru.' This gave Chandler exposure to not only Trungpa's Vajradhatu/Shambhala inner workings, but also to the dozens of celebrity Tibetan lamas, who have been infiltrating our western institutions with their occult Tantra and their western devotees, for the last forty years.
Deep inside this Tantric net, Chandler found that all Tibetan Lamas teach from the same guru-worshiping, thought-controling plan; whether they call it Shambhala, Mahamudra, Dzogchen or Mahayana Buddhism. It is all Tantra: a cult of mass manipulation and coercive persuasion, designed to undermine the reasoning abilities of educated populations; changing their values and behaviors; turning them into obedient devotees; no longer able to think and act for themselves. If someone does leave Tibetan Buddhism and dares to be publicly critical, that person is labelled 'too angry,' 'crazy' or a 'liar'; their articles or books discredited; until their message is drowned out. Inside the group they are to be shunned as a "heretic.'
Chandler takes the reader through her own experiences, from her first mindfulness meditation weekend, at a Boston Shambhala meditation center
(custodians of Chogyam Trungpa's sect), through her next decades, studying with the celebrity Tibetan Lamas and their western inner circles, drawn deeper and deeper into their Tantric net, until she finally breaks free; realizing that being well-educated was no protection but, instead makes westerners more susceptible to the lamas' double-binding techniques; believing they are studying the most esoteric of Buddhist philosophies, while becoming infantilized members of a Tantric cult.
Enthralled: The Guru Cult of Tibetan Buddhism exposes the many levels of deception, used by Tibetan Lamas, and their western inner circles. They collect billions of tax-exempt dollars in donations, recruit wealthy sponsors to their mission, and ensnare new student-recruits into a web of free labor, unquestioning devotion, and for some, sexual exploitation by these Tibetan lamas.
Chandler deconstructs Tibetan Tantric Lamaism according to the criteria of anti-cult experts, Lifton and Margaret Singer, demonstrating how these lamas radically alter a person's perceptions, to create a 'change agent' to further the lamas' globalist ambitions.
Two of the critical reviews (As of September 30th, 2017) write Chandler off as paranoid.
One critical review makes a very interesting concession.
Top critical review
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3.0 out of 5 starswell researched but a bit over the top
Byatcon September 16, 2017
It is understandable that someone who feels that they wasted years of their life in a cult of Tibetan Buddhism should feel annoyed.
What is difficult to credit, is that the writer, who already had a degree in psychology before joining the cult, did not do a little research on the religion she was joining.
The book is over 500 pages long, and is on the whole well researched. It could be a useful source of reference for people with an interest in cults.
Chandler makes some very good points, i.e .that those westerners who listen to Lamas giving teachings in Tibetan only really know what the translators say and this may differ in substance from what the lama says. It is not unknown for translators to 'tidy up' the translation as they work. or to slant the emphasis away from anything that might upset a target audience.
Now, here are highlights from the 5 star reviews. Readers are invited to follow this discussion on Amazon are more read the book and come forward, pro and con.
5 star review
Chris and I met years ago when she kindly took me for a photographic tour of Buddhist monasteries in the Crestone, Colo. area. A witness to much of what happened to her in the Crestone section of the book and in Crestone itself, I can vouch for everything said there.
I am no stranger to cults; I simply cover them from a different religious perspective. I have suffered many of the same types of things Chris herself experiences, but on a different level. The most powerful thing about Chris’s book is that she explains so well how the mind-think she exposes permeates our entire society today, to an extent never suspected by the average American — or citizens of other countries, for that matter. And she explains it in great detail, carefully documenting her journey, and leaving nothing to the imagination......
And likewise, all the abuses are the same. The use of members to make the leaders look good and promote the cause, while leaders are enjoying the high life and often are doing nothing; the predatory mindset, selecting the choicest lambs of the flock to be singled out for favors or persecutions; the sexual abuse, usually denied, ignored, hidden or disguised as “divine love”; the sly and insidious pitting of members and different factions, one against the other; turning members against their families and siphoning money from even the poorest members — these are the most well-recognized forms of abuse, although there are others. What Chandler explains for her own group and her own experience is a lesson for all.
author's decades long stay in Lamaism will not be wasted if her personal experiences can be made widely known
ByAmazon Kundeon August 21, 2017
The author's decades long stay in Lamaism will not be wasted if her personal experiences can be made widely known. Anyone with a decent heart will truly appreciate Christine's efforts and admire her bravery in recollecting such excruciating memories. I am deeply touched by the statement, "This book is dedicated to all the abuse victims of Tantric Lamaism, whose voices have been silenced for centuries.”
Tibetan Buddhism is neither a good idea, good for Tibet nor has anything to do with Buddhism. It is pure Lamaism.
ByMikeon August 15, 2017
When Chris Candler first came onto our blog and told the tale of what I thought was Tibetan Buddhism I thought she was off the wall. She was claiming that it had nothing to do with Buddhism, and a lot to do with Tibet. However, it was not pretty with connections to Hitler, the CIA and the new glue to keep the Communist party of China in power.
I had now for 20 years being dealing with tales of sex abuse, but by a skilful side steps those involved with the Dalai Lama were able to act as if this particular lama was an exception. The problem we were being briefed by Buddhists from Taiwan that these Tibetan Lamaists were trying to mind control with mindlessness training their programme of unreformed Tantric couple sex. This was not just an aberration but the recipe was in fact on the tin. Of course we were told we were under the influence of the Communist Chinese which was a little difficult as we were connecting to the heretics and splitists from Taiwan. The Dalai Lama was himself up to his eyes with this stuff and has forty years covered up this cult of mindfulness and sexual depravity from his western disciples.
As an expert in cultism, I always obtained advice from formidable experts in Buddhism who were trying to expose this but they always said this or that Lama was the exception rather than the rule.
What Chris Chandler has demonstrated is that the exception is the and the norm and the exception idea is the diversionary tactic to get you off the scent. She used to come onto our blog and she fought hand to hand comment warfare with the trolls and the General of the exception Tenpel the master of diversion.
Here is how you can see this working out by following her battles like Arjuna in the chariot. Then I realised I had to go it alone, as Chris wisely realised if she was on social media much longer she might as well take refuge in a place for the overwhelmed.
She went into retreat, healing herself by the logos therapy of recovering the western mind, and removing those hidden mindfulness programmes and by writing the book. It is a statement of liberation, it is also a charter for a truly Free Tibet, not one of letting these Slave masters Lamas near the place. Does it involve the continued Han take over of the country? Obviously not but in order for Tibet to be freed it needs to freed from these Lamas on their Feudal thrones
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/30/2017 09:19PM by corboy.