There was a news report about a strange and suspicious comment by a "Clare Bronfman" in a news article, about the money side of things...hopefully someone will look into it further.
Dalai Lama's message comes through
Albany Times-Union/May 7, 2009
By Brian Etkin
One can't believe everything presented by the media, the Dalai Lama said, gesturing as if his nose were growing like Pinocchio's.
"Where there be doubt, make clear," the Dalai Lama said, referring to the WEFC, whose conceptual founder, Keith Raniere, is the founder of NXIVM. "All your work must be transparent."
Detractors say NXIVM (pronounced NEX-ee-um) is a cultlike organization that employs psychologically damaging mind-control techniques. Raniere's supporters say those accusations are unfounded. Raniere came on stage to receive a khata from the Dalai Lama near the event's end.
Clare Bronfman, co-founder of the WEFC along with her sister, Sara - the Seagram Liquor heiresses who are involved with NXIVM - told the audience the WEFC lost $142,749 on the event because of the earlier cancellation.
"I apologize we have no gifts in that way," Clare Bronfman told the Dalai Lama on stage. The Dalai Lama replied he doesn't accept nor want money for public talks or teachings.
Attendees questioned why finances were a point of emphasis. Dave LaPointe, 44, of Fort Ann, said a financial accounting was done the three other times he saw the Dalai Lama speak, though not as overtly as at this event.
"I find the ending rather embarrassing. I'm not sure that's the time for the accounting of this event," said Jo Raney, of East Chatham.