Resilient has given excellent advice.
Information about the abuse behavior perpetrated by Pema Chodron's guru, Chogyam Trungpa, can be hard to find online because Trungpa has a large body of loyal students who work hard to bury this information online. To learn whether any teacher or guru has generated abuse complaints, you need to use negative thinking, not avoid it - you have to play devil's advocate. You have to do the opposite of what gurus and their followers advise us to do.
For example, suppose you admire Pema Chodron's writings or have benefitted from her meditation tapes. She says her teacher was Chogyam Trungpa. We will give Trungpa the benefit of the doubt, even admire him, trusting in the good results we got from the methods Pema said he taught her.
How can we imagine that Trungpa abused alcohol? Or that while drunk, he sent his bodyguards to yank reluctant guests from their room and forced them to participate in a drunken humiliating "vajra retreat" party?
Pema Chodron's teacher, Chogyam Trungpa was an abusive guru. Worse, Trungpa appears to have left a toxic legacy of abuse, for Trungpa's own son and successor, Mipham has generated abuse reports, as did Ozel Tendzin, the interim successor Trungpa himself appointed during Miphan's majority. Reggie Ray, a Trungpa student has recently generated abuse allegations.
Trungpa's toxic legacy is multi generational.
Here is a talk given by Pema Chodron, analyzed by Matthew Remski. Make sure to read the comments following the article.
Pema Chödrön on Trungpa in 2011: "I Can't Answer The Relative Questions"
Am sorry to report that the legacy of abuse continued after Trungpa died.
Trungpa's appointed successor, "Vajra Regent" Ozel Tendzin, was HIV+ and believed himself so spiritually advanced that he was incapable of transmitting the virus to persons he had sex with - his students.
Pema Chodron's teacher, Chogyam Trungpa, generated a lot of abuse reports.
These abuse reports go back for many years. Trungpa has many loyal followers who have worked hard to bury this information online and elsewhere. To read about Trungpa's abuses, you have to play devil's advocate and use specific search terms.
The poet MS Merwin and his wife did *not* want to participate in one of Trungpa's drunken parties and hid in their room. Trungpa ordered his bodyguards to pull the Merwins from their room.
Trungpa also trained many loyal disciples who became celebrated spiritual teachers.
One such teacher, Reggie Ray - and who rationalize Trungpa's abusive behavior and worse still, rationalize his own fear of Trungpa as having been a spiritual experience.
Mipham Rinpoche, Trungpa's son and successor has recently generated abuse allegations. Chip off the old block.
Reggie Ray, one of Trungpa's students rationalized the terror he felt around Trungpa as being a spiritual experience. Reggie Ray is now facing abuse allegations.
Reggie Ray Spiritualizes The Terror of Disorganized Attachment in Relation to Trungpa
Reggie Ray Abuse Allegations
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