Fallout: Recovering from Abuse in Tibetan Buddhism Paperback – July 20, 2019
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'This fine work reveals the excruciating pain, resistance and fear of those within the Rigpa organisation as they grapple with a huge shift in perspective of the teacher they loved and admired--the insightful, brilliant and yet deeply flawed author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying--and shows how people can come together in the age of the internet to find truth and express love and caring for one another. The author captures this painful moment in Buddhism's history where cruelty--that most harmful of human flaws and the polar opposite of loving-kindness--has crept into and corrupted the Buddhadharma. She brings both compassion for survivors and deeply penetrating wisdom, dispelling the myth of crazy wisdom and enlightenment-by-abuse with a clear-headed vision.' Dr JackWicks.
'Written with passion and clarity,this shocking expose is a must-read for anyone who has ever been involved with Rigpa and a compelling account of what can go wrong in religious groups for everyone else. Though she pulls no punches, Newland writes with compassion for the victims and makes an attempt at understanding the flawed human beings behind the guru masks. Tibetan Buddhism as always seemed like the 'good guy' of religions; to discover corruption of the message at the heart of some groups is painful, even for one who has only ever been an outsider.' Barbara Scott Emmett, author of The Land Beyond Goodbye.
'Fallout has been to me an unexpected gift of clarity and compassion. As a survivor of spiritual abuse in Tibetan Buddhism myself, I want to deeply thank Tahlia Newland for making this work available to everyone. It's based on the Rigpa experience but it applies to all Tibetan Buddhism. To me it's more than a book, it's a manual for recovering from this kind of trauma. ... If you've been in a cult, or have been a victim of spiritual abuse and institutional betrayal, reading Fallout could literally be even better than going to a psychologist, because it will go straight to the point, it will take you step by step through a process of recognizing what you've been through, in order to deal with it. ... Even though I've built a new life for myself, this book allowed me to look back without the feeling of being alone,blamed or misunderstood. Finally all this makes sense and I can put a name on all the past experiences and situations! I can now freely say without any regret "this indeed happened, and it was not my fault, I was right to speak up,and it's ok not to forgive."' DrJ Perez
'This book provides a courageous and disturbing account of disillusionment and eventual break from a Tibetan Buddhist cult. Newland writes with authority and bravery, pulling no punches in her confrontation of the issues. She has put an enormous amount of research into this book, and it shows on every page. Testimonials from other ex-members of the cult abound. This book isn't just one woman's story, it's the tale of an entire community coming to grips with what they've endured, and in many cases, enabled. The book is clearly written for the Buddhist community, with terminology and references unique to the religion, but its lessons and insights can be relevant for people from all walks of life. Highly recommended for those trapped in abusive situations, as well as those who want to safeguard their minds against falling into similar traps.' Amy Spahn, author
'Fallout is a book one can delve into again and again to understand how abusive charismatic gurus come to be and how to avoid their web of abuse. It should be in every school, college and public library and on the curriculum of religious study courses to warn everyone about the dangers lurking on the spiritual path. I couldn't put the book down.' Marion McKenna
Everyone concerned about Tibetan Buddhism in the West or the wide issue of abuse in religion in general should read this book. In Fallout, Tahlia Newland, a long time former student of Sogyal Rinpoche, tells with great empathy, clarity and depth from her first hand experience what it means when you have to realise that your spiritual teacher is not who you thought he was. ... Regarding the ongoing historical process of transmitting Tibetan Buddhism to the West, Fallout is an important and outstanding contribution to its necessary scrutiny.' Bernd Zander
From the Author
After several bursts of intense work on the book, it took its final shape, and though some will find my commentary too kind on Sogyal, Rigpa and Tibetan Buddhism, and others will find it too harsh, it is quite simply just my story and my perspective as the main moderator of an online support group. I hope this book will help others find the closure that I gained through writing it.
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Paperback : 436 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0648513041
- ISBN-13 : 978-0648513049
- Publisher : AIA Publishing (July 20, 2019)
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.97 x 9 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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