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6 thoughts on “Sexual Abuse by Spiritual Teachers”
Very sad news, not to judge but isn’t it traditionally a moral imperative for all Zen buddhist monks to take a vow of celibacy? The head Abbot have sexual relations is unheard of. Everything is coming to light these days.
I too am saddened by these new revelations, but it is important to understand that Buddhist monks are human and flawed, and must heal from their trauma and emotional wounds just like us. I believe they should step down from their positions of working with students and devotees, and reflect upon your actions for emotional and spiritual healing. Light and peace!
thanks for the link – the list grows – one very popular swami is now in an Indian jail – many others have transgressed – how can they uplift others when they cannot overcome themselves? there is a popular indian school song ” Give us the strength to be victorious over ourselves before we are victorious over others.
Thank you for your thoughts and comments as I so agree! It is sad that those within our own spiritual community have not overcome their own demons before trying to help others. Blessings and peace!
even the greatest spiritual teachers have their demons – Satya Sai baba – with millions of followers, and great works in creating universities, hospitals, town communities in India was rumoured to have gay inclinations – probably wholly untrue – he was a miracle man considered by many as god incarnate – i often winder what this means – probably the BEST are flawed and that is why they reincarnate – but in the process they provide so much solace and understanding to those that follow them – can we then overlook their shortcomings – reason for return – or condemn them unequivocally/ – is the BIG question.
I have worked with many sexual predators in my career, and they too are emotionally wounded. It is with compassion and kindness that we ask them to stop their behaviors and step down from their positions of authority, and to further reflect on their actions and behaviors as we hope for healing for them as well. Blessings!