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Buddhist Aberrations

Video: ICSA Conversations - Ready to Mine: Zen's Legitimating Mythology and Cultish Behavior, Stuart Lachs 

From ICSA Periodicals

Zen and the Art of Student Abuse - Christopher Hamacher

The PRC and Falun Gong - Michael D. Langone, PhD

Falun Gong and the World: How Many Eight-Years Do We Need? – Comment on Langone (2007) - Frank Tian Xie, PhD

Reply to Xie - Michael D. Langone, PhD

We thank Josh Baran for providing the following list of resources.


Sogyal – statement from Matthieu Ricard:

Sogyal – Harvey Weinstein and Sogyal Rinpoche – a comparison of abuse in 3 parts:

Shambhala Community - Buddhists in U.S. Agonize on AIDS Issue – NYTimes -

Shambhala Community - Project Sunshine Final Report (Feb 2018)

Trungpa – Chapter from Stripping the Gurus:

Confessions of Kalu Rinpoche (video) -

Diifi-Cult Blog mostly on Tibetan Buddhism:

Confronting Abuse of Power in Buddhist Communities:


Joshu Sasaki Zen Teacher – Sex Scandal:

Sasaki Archive of articles:

Book – Single White Monk – about a third of the book addresses the Sasaki scandal and his death – confused personal account filled with rationalizations and willful blindness -

Tricycle podcast with Jack Shozan Haubner about his book, Single White Monk.. some discussion about the Sasaki sex scandal – but Shozen is a confused apologist and the interviewer does not get to the heart of the matter -

Eido Shimano – Tricycle Obituary and Personal Reflection:

Shimano Archive:

Encountering the Shadow in Buddhist America (1990) by Katy Butler:

Essay on San Francisco Zen Center Sex scandal and the role of the Zen master:

Scandals in emerging Western Buddhism -

Abuse of Power in American Buddhism:

Stuart Lachs Page – multiple essays on Zen issues:

Getting a Handle on Scandal – from Buddhist Geeks conference:

Chapter on Maezumi’s legacy: (need to purchase the book, Zen Masters, to access to full essay – Recommended)

International Zen Association – from France:

Sexual Ethics, Zen Scandals, and Cults -

NOTE: Both U.S. Buddhist publications - Tricycle and Lions Roar - have published many essays on the issues related to sexual scandals and spiritual abuse in Buddhist communities, mostly Tibetan and Zen. If you are interested in numerous points of view, recommend visiting both websites and search. and

Additional Resources

Canadian Public Broadcasting interviews Shambhala whistleblower Andrea Winn who wrote the "Report Sunshine,* and who says "sexual abuse is embedded in the Shambala Community."

Report on Sogyal Rinpoche