His Holiness the Dalai Lama banned the practice of the Shugden deity more than ten years ago. Here is a link to a story explaining the reasons, from Time Magazine, reproduced from the Canada Tibet Committee website, where it was posted in 2008: http://tibet.ca/en/newsroom/wtn/3218
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Sorry I missed this conference, put on recently in Montréal. Myozen pointed out to me that there was a talk entitled “Zen has no morals!” which dealt with some recent sexual abuse scandals involving Zen teachers. Here is a PDF of his paper: 20120707_Hamacher_ICSA
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Even though some of the details are wrong, these articles are still cause for sadness. Buddhism in Canada has come a long way in the past 40 years.
Many of the original members of the community which became Greatheart (including me) have gone . . . Read More.
I’ve been having a few online conversations recently about Buddhist cults, and whether or not I should be de-listing certain centres from the canadianbuddhism.info directory on the basis of allegations about them. My position has been to take centres at face value and list them, . . . Read More.
Unfortunately, the story of dharma in the west is not all sweetness and light. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama says: “When teachers break the precepts, behaving in ways that are clearly damaging to themselves and others, students must face the situation, even though this can be . . . Read More.
Moving Body, Knowing Mind: Ritualizing and learning at two Buddhist centres in Toronto Patricia Q. Campbell Oxford University Press, 2011 ISBN 9780199793815 $39.95 paperback Hardcover also available
From the publisher: Knowing Body, Moving Mind investigates ritualizing and learning in introductory meditation classes at two Buddhist . . . Read More.
Buddhists have been in Canada for more than 100 years, but Canadian Buddhism remains in many ways a fragmented collection of solitudes. Wild Geese is the first serious attempt to understand the multiple realities of Canadian Buddhism in an organized fashion. As such, . . . Read More.