- Paperback: 521 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 26, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1511543469
- ISBN-13: 978-1511543460
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
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Enthralled: The Guru Cult of Tibetan Buddhism 1st Edition
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About the Author
Christine A. Chandler, M.A., C.A.G.S. trained as a social worker and psychologist, who specialized in the areas of sexual abuse and dysfunctional systems. She earned postgraduate degrees in psychology, counseling and family systems therapy, as well as in school psychology. She has worked as a LICSW social worker, family therapist, and licensed school psychologist in the public school systems of Massachusetts, Vermont, and Colorado and as a licensed protective social worker in Massachusetts.
Chandler spent nearly thirty years studying and practicing the most esoteric teachings of the Tibetan Lamas, before realizing she was involved in an authoritarian cult that had purposely targeted the 'educated' class, in order to infiltrate into academia, psychology, and other 'soft sciences, ' to weaken our institutions from within.
She also spent many years taking care of the son of a high-ranking Tibetan Lama, Chogyam Trungpa, giving her a bird's eye view of the more hidden aspects of Tibetan Buddhism that most people, especially the fringe fans of the Dalai Lama, never see.
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I had my own childhood trauma issues, and traditional CBT, social work interventions, etc., never worked as well as, a lot of psychological new agey popular culture crud. I was taught meditation, and had previously done it way before as a practice, but needed actal instruction because I was bypassing my issues through my own fear and anxiety to sit with my pain and trauma and to just feel it. My experience at Naropa and through the contemplative psychotherapy program training was being given a gift of like 20 years of psychotherapy in only 3 years. Meditation was extremely helpful. No one was zombified, walking around disassociated, etc., and we had highly trained psychotherapists with over 30 years or more of practice processing and guiding us through training and supervision in our internships.
My last year I had a team of 4 practicing therapists, mostly non-buddhist (atheist, Christian, Buddhist, whatever) and none into Shambhala organization, it was the most intensive but supportive experience I had as a therapist. I truly learned how to use mindful awareness to not bring my own therapeutic issues into my client relationships. That was the training.
Your book is extremely misleading, and some just not true. I get the impression your own trauma issues are being transferred and displaced in this book. It also interesting your connections with conservative Christianity and quite obvious you're against any forms of liberalism. You expound on critical thinking skills and how they were absent, but again you seem to miss the point with Buddhist take on it. The Buddha even said, to not take anything said as truth, be critical and test what he taught. I feel sad that you did experience what you did, and I believe your own PERSONAL
subjective take is true...to YOU.
Some of the slander is just as harmful as to what you wish the reader to learn. However, I am not getting any good examples that its the Vajrayana path that is corrupt (celibate monks and lay people practice it through visualization ONLY), its corrupt sociopathic teachers and patriarchal power differentials. I agree a hundred percent that the Lama system is not healthy nor good for western students. I agree that there is corruption and abuse in the areas you cite. I agree that as soon as Trungpa adopted this insane monarchy like system later on was not good for his students and what his original vision was. However, you CAN seperate the teaching from the teacher. There are positives in Tibetan Buddhism. How to let go and transform pain and anger/aggression, how to learn to bring compassion to others who trigger one into aggression towards other (very much like judge not or you will be judged, and treat one as you wish to be treated (do unto others as you wish them to do to you), and lastly freeing oneself from the western brainwashing that a person is flawed, bad, sinful and has to be dependent on an white man god in the sky to redeem oneself. That teaching alone has freed so many of the abused children I have worked with that carry shame with them and blame themselves.
Lastly, your writing is filled with conspiracy theories without clear fact or citation (non really evidenced based) and it comes off that you are on a personal vendetta against liberalism and Buddhism. It comes off as puritanical concervative and Christian (good vs evil). Many ex-cult members leave one and join another, or head into extreme Christianity which is quite obvious underlying your message. What about the horrors of that cult? Millions of indigenous people killed, sexual abuse for hundreds of years by clergy, racism and dehumanization of women and African Americans?
I will support your free speech to do what you wish, and that these abusive Lamas be brought to justice, an that there are Buddhist cults just like any Muslim, Christian, or Jewish ones. However, I can't support your bashing and minimalist view of the therapy programs at Naropa. You can not judge something you yourself did not go through. I also agree there needs to massive editing, too long and repetitive. I also feel Shambhala has cultist attributes and your examples are helpful, but I also question nothing is perfect and seperate the corrupt teachers from some of these "teachings" there have to be positives too. Black and white thinking is never helpful
And yes, women are put down in all of the older spiritual traditions, including Christianity. Is this news? Book also is badly edited if at all. Some pages are repeated more than once. Should be maybe half as long.
Still, the author is trained in psychology and has some new insights as to why Tibetan lamas often have a difficult time--they are often removed from their families and their mothers from the age of 2,3,4 years old. So--news!--they have a difficult time relating to women! Author correctly diagnoses this I feel.
I gave it 2 stars not one. it is worth dipping into...but theories are quite distorted..and stretched to fit absolutely everything when they only apply to an extremely limited area.
The book could have been at least a third shorter eliminating innumerable repetitions. Please edit. Otherwise an illuminating read.