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    Sasaki Roshi WAS The Last Man Standing

    In my country, the Amazon Agenda includes the objective of wiping out any vestige of male religious leaders with a charismatic following. The ploy is simple and works everytime. Cozy up to the Master or The Guru, then claim he forced sex of some kind on you and therefore abused you. No such thingy-doo as seduction or come-ons, freebies or quickies; nothing is ever consensual. Words like "forced", "abuse" are routinely used to start the typical marathon slander-fest, by which to unseat the male spiritual founder. Sneaky ambush-style theft of whatever the guy spent his life building is the inevitable outcome. Coverage of these snipings reads like a boiler-plate contract. The gullibility of others who read it is infuriating to see!

    On the eve of his 106th birthday. Joshu Sasaki Roshi has now achieved 'target status' - that's right, read it and weep.
    Buddha Buzz: Joshu Sasaki Roshi Scandal Goes Viral (Kind of) Posted by Emma Varvaloucas

    The news of the Joshu Sasaki Roshi and Rinzai-ji scandal has officially broken into the mainstream media. Joshu Roshi's decades-long pattern of sexually abusing his female students, and the Rinzai-ji association's long coverup of it, was first exposed on Adam Tebbe's site Sweeping Zen back in November—although by many accounts, it was an open secret in Zen circles for quite some time. The story likely could have remained under the purview of the American Buddhist community, but after the New York Times published its coverage on Monday, the story soon skipped around to the LA Times, The Daily Beast, Jezebel, and several British tabloids. The Young Turks also discussed it (although the commentary there was particularly shallow) on their YouTube channel.

    It's hard to tell what the effects of this international airing of the Rinzai-ji dirty laundry will be. Adam Tebbe in particular has suffered through a lot of criticism for publishing the story to begin with and perhaps setting into motion the ensuing tidal wave of media attention. He wrote on Sweeping Zen on Wednesday,

    If anything, I have found that covering this story has harmed the website. It has harmed the good name of Zen. My sense is that it has had a chilling effect. I know that many of those who have been involved in this story have gone through major stresses as a result of it all. I’m still trying to find my own mojo, truth be told. The story, the reactions, the criticisms — they really disheartened me. It’s taken a toll on all of us (those directly involved, publishers, fellow Zen teachers, readers, practitioners).Just know that at no point was this story taken lightly by me, nor was it taken lightly by anyone else involved in bringing it to everyone’s attention to my knowledge. This always was a very serious matter. I think even our critics might concede now that this story was necessary.

    Over at Zen teacher Brad Warner's blog Hardcore Zen, he also addresses the consequences of another Buddhist sex scandal reaching the mainstream. First acknowledging the fear that fuels the desire to keep all of this behind closed doors—that American Buddhism will be forever colored by and associated with the sex scandals that have cropped up over the years—he writes that Joshu Roshi has done a great service to American Buddhism in that he "helped kill off the image of the Enlightened Master as something beyond human." Though I do think that Brad has a point when he writes that "even our so-called 'Masters' are just people like everyone else," I'm inclined to think that there's a difference between having human weakness and having a pathology, which is what Joshu Roshi seemed to be suffering from. (Just read some of the quotes in the New York Times from the women who had to deal with his sexual advances. They made me sick to my stomach.) And look, I just have to say it before (hopefully) never having to write about Joshu Roshi again: after a lifetime of Buddhist practice, should it really be that hard to keep it in your pants?

    Buddha Buzz: Joshu Sasaki Roshi Scandal Goes Viral (Kind of) | Tricycle

    Buddhist mangina!

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    It is about time the Buddhists had some of what the Catholics have been having for quite a while. The media has been virtually silent about Protestant churches too.

    And you think it a bit rough that some of the mud clings to other, good Buddhists, eh? Just think what I have to put up with.

    I am White (hiss), English (boo), Male (jail 'im) and Catholic (hang the pervert).

    Believe me, I have thought of changing my name to Ringtopshami, browning my face with 'Kiwi' and wearing a saffron robe.
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    Re: Sasaki Roshi WAS The Last Man Standing

    [QUOTE=Percy;323563]It is about time the Buddhists had some of what the Catholics have been having for quite a while. The media has been virtually silent about Protestant churches too.

    And you think it a bit rough that some of the mud clings to other, good Buddhists, eh? Just think what I have to put up with.

    I am White (hiss), English (boo), Male (jail 'im) and Catholic (hang the pervert).

    Believe me, I have thought of changing my name to Ringtopshami, browning my face with 'Kiwi' and wearing a saffron robe.[/
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    Me too!

    In my case, skip the robe. I'll be a Digambara sect Jain and walk around in my birthday suit carrying a whisk broom. Religious freedom ya know! My new name will be Wun-Hung-Lo.

    The spiritual preceptors tell you to ignore the slander. The lawyers tell you confront the bastards right away, before it's too late.

    Turning the other cheek often leads to spreading your cheeks.

    P.S., Sasaki Roshi turned 106 years old today.

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    P.S., Sasaki Roshi turned 106 years old today.

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    Ah, but does he FEEL it?

    I do quite often.
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    Love the Sinner but not the Sin.
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    (and within ourselves)


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    Go your Own Way, offer kindness but keep your sword drawn.





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    any form of heterosexual sex is fraught nowadays and is bound to be denounced as abuse - the other variety nowadays sure does dare speak its name; Oscar was born to early

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    Re: Sasaki Roshi WAS The Last Man Standing

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    Ah, but does he FEEL it?

    I do quite often.
    Does he even know at this point? Or care for that matter?

    The last You Tube video I saw of him, he asked the question, "Where did this morning go?" Everyone thought he made another profound utterance.



 

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