When it was publicly revealed what Kalu Rinpoche had been up to with sexual tantra the women who spoke out publicly made it sound very much like she was being used by him in order to achieve some kind of 'spiritual' advantage. The question I have, and perhaps you or others can answer, is concerning how this is sold to the woman. In other words, is she generally told that she will be participating in a tantric experience of some kind that will benifit her, as well as him? Or is it simply portrayed as being 'good karma' or whatever to serve the teacher that way. When studying what happened with Kalu Rinpoche, who Ole learned from, it sounded to me like the sexual activity between the lama and his 'consort' amounted to little more than theft of the female 'essence' in service of what he believed was impossible to obtain any other way. If that is true, not only should taking advantage of students be wholeheartedly condemned but the whole idea of Buddhist sexual tantra should be also. Other forms of tanra with which I am familiar don't appear to be anywhere near as predatory. I guess the question comes down to, is the teaching itself that utterly exploitative of women, or only in the hands of these kind of men?
Here's my take, to answer your question re: what arguments are used to convince women to have sex with the lama. After studying June Campbell's case, and after speaking with women who have run into similar situations in the US and India, the common pattern is that women are told tantric sex with the lama will advance their practice, or bring them closer to enlightenment. However, the nature of the sexual activity involved--and June Campbell is quite clear on this--is always of a very ordinary nature, not ritualistic, or involving any special techniques, at all. So it's just an excuse to get women into bed, nothing more.
As to the nature of the teachings themselves, they're very exploitive of women. Women are only needed in order to provide the crucial organ the monks and initiates need in order to achieve their state of "bliss". That, and the female energy (via the consort's sexual fluid), or "gynergy", as described in the book, "Shadow of the Dalai Lama". So it's extremely predatory. Vampiristic, really.
Traditionally, in Tibet and other Himalayan countries, women who were taken from their families at a very young age (13 or 14, sometimes younger) were told they were "goddesses" and "wisdom consorts" or "Buddha mothers". And Tibetan tantric tradition does have goddesses, or female Buddhas, such as Vajrayogini, who the Dalai Lama prays to daily, who are key figures in the tantric tradition. But the women were treated like nothing more than ritual sex workers, required to present their sex organ on demand, not only for individual use, but for group initiations. Even more alarming is the fact that some of the tantric literature specifies use of pre-pubescent girls as consorts. Such girls were told they would be given a "blessing" by the lama, only to end up raped repeatedly in a group ritual. Some of the tantric texts (see: Commentary on the Kalachakra
, by Geshe Dhargyey, for an example) say that if the consort is not compliant, to administer alcohol, and if that doesn't work, to simply take her by force. You can't get more predatory than that!
Some important testimony has come out of Bhutan, by a woman who was forced to live in a monastery as a "wisdom goddess". (The public was brainwashed to believe that it was a great honor to be so chosen.) She describes these rituals that follow the ancient Tibetan texts exactly; the lama would ejaculate into her, then dig out a mixture of his and her sexual fluids, and give that to the initiates to consume. This is viewed as extremely sacred and powerful material. (See "Shadow of the Dalai Lama", online, for description and analysis.) After she aged out of the system, she was able to get to India and receive an education. At that point, she understood that her way of life constituted a grave abuse of women, so she returned to Bhutan and petitioned the king to ban the practices with live consorts, which he did. So hopefully, the rituals are now only performed via visualization, though I don't know how such a law would be enforced. And we don't know if the use of consorts continues in Tibetan monasteries in India and Nepal.
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 01/26/2013 02:06AM by Misstyk.