看好慧命和钱包,假和尚卖不了你真钻石:麦克尔罗奇真面目大起底

饮溪文化2018-06-19 15:46:42

景宗 序

近年来《当和尚遇到钻石》(The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Strategies for Managing Your Business and Your Life)一书在中国渐渐为人所知,而该书作者麦克尔·罗奇(Michael Roach)也开始在汉语地区拥有一批粉丝。 现在基本每年罗奇都来中国开班授课,尽管价格不菲,但并不缺乏白领听众。很多人被他炫丽的洋光环迷倒,但却绝少有人知道他已基本上被藏传佛教界摒弃,在西方佛教界也是极有争议、越来越被边缘化的人物,可能这也是为什么他要持续拓展中国这个新兴市场的原因吧。

                

笔者对罗奇的种种“异行”早有所闻,在与格鲁论坛法友们交流过程中也几次作了介绍,但都不系统。近来噶玛敦珠宁波同修建议将真相完整公诸于众,我也深觉有这个必要。 又幸得噶玛同修志愿将相关信息译为汉文,是非真伪,自可公断。需要指出的是,噶玛和我与罗奇先生往日无冤、近日无仇,这样作完全没有任何个人动机,我们也并不想砸人饭碗,但我们实在不忍看到清净的佛法被人肆意败坏、也不忍佛教信众和对佛教有兴趣的人士被误导入歧路险途。有关罗奇的种种秽行和大妄语请详见下面噶玛同修的译文。

 

我这里简单澄清一些事实:色拉麦堪仁波切罗桑塔钦格西从未指示罗奇可以拥有“伴侣”。 众所周知这和比丘戒根本相悖,也完全不符甘丹宗风。罗奇的网站声称罗奇在“三年闭关”(关于这个他引为资本的三年闭关的详情,请见噶玛的译文)后写了一封信寄给他的上师们和嘉瓦仁波切,说明他的修证体验,其中主要涉及拥有“伴侣”一事,而上师们反应不一云云。


这样看来,似乎有的上师赞成他拥有“伴侣”啦?他的网站没有说明的是,他寄给上师们的那封长诗般的信是用英文写的、没有藏文译文,而一两位应他请用藏文写了些赞扬套话(后来被他当作“印证”)的老上师都不大能看英文,以为他呈送的就是些一般的佛法开示! 那么能看复杂英文的大德是什么反应呢? 喇嘛索巴仁波切读后,详细回了他一封英文信(详见噶玛的译文),其中特别引了比丘尼吉祥女的例子,说如果想让大家信服他有证量、没破戒就要当众示现神通,如砍掉自己的头挂在长矛上并在空中跳舞、发愿后头又自己接上、人还安然无恙!罗奇当然没法回应。


举几个例子,看看藏传佛教界对罗奇拥有“伴侣”及其“证量”的回应:

1.因罗奇不持戒律又自称见道,嘉瓦仁波切不欢迎他参加法会(请见噶玛的译文 ) ; 

2. 喇嘛索巴仁波切指导的护持大乘法脉基金会(FPMT)不欢迎罗奇到各中心“讲课”;

3.近年罗奇多次求见举麦堪索仁波切(在色拉麦时,仁波切曾指导罗奇辩经),均被仁波切谢绝;仁波切托人告诉他:要么剃掉长发、远离他身边的女子,要麽不要自称比丘。

4. 色拉麦堪仁波切罗桑塔钦格西的弟子及仁波切建立的大乘经续中心(Mahayana Sutra and Tantra  Center)、大乘经续出版社(Mahayana Sutra and Tantra  Press) 都不和Michael Roach发生任何联系。


如果你听过罗奇的“课”, 甚至一度视他为你的上师,或至少他在你心中占有一席之地,难免要担心看了我们的贴子会影响与罗奇之间“三昧耶”的清淨。  那我倒是可以很肯定地劝你大可不必为此忧愁。


任何稍有佛法常识的人都可以自己判断这是不是一位具量的格鲁上师:留长发著袈裟,“伴侣”数目一度达到4人以上,和“伴侣”发誓永远彼此相离不超过15英尺(但根本“伴侣”---“喇嘛” Christie McNally近来却破毁了这一“三昧耶”, 随他们以前的一位年轻侍者远去15英尺数万倍) ,和“伴侣”一同给人传“出家戒”和“灌顶”,等等等等。他“传”的是佛法吗? 这样的“传承”和“灌顶”有效吗? 你和他之间能有如法的三昧耶存在吗?如果说应该担心失去什麽,唯一应该担心失去的是对这类败坏佛法者的悲心,此点倒是切切不可忽视。


此外,有人会说罗奇先生主持过藏文古籍录入项目,有功于佛教云云。但是自称证八地、不持别解脱戒还招摇过市并教人仿效、自编自演“无上瑜伽部灌顶”,如是种种对佛法的败坏岂是那点功劳能抵得了的?这一俊还真遮不了百丑!


最后谨祝诸位法友都能从真和尚处获得真钻石-----清净圆满的佛法。 


阅前申明

A噶玛敦珠宁波将只会转述大德们的意见,客观事实及翻译国外网站资料,不加入任何个人意见及情绪性言语。

B本人不负担任何同学阅后的任何行为的责任,,好比打电话到Michael Roach在中国的合作伙伴处声讨...

CMichael Roach已不具出家身分,于此讨论在家人可否论僧过无意义。

D关于那些诸如"先管好自己,不要看别人过失"的回覆。我自己当然没有正确的发心。但景宗前辈是在发菩提心,护法护教无疑。

"莫令罗桑教法染混杂"

E欢迎转载,回覆。

噶玛敦珠宁波

上师梭巴仁波切,给他发了一封信:


“亲爱的格西 Michael,

如果你的行为如同你在信中所述,那麽从僧伽的观点或角度,那是不正常的。当显示禁行或其他应被遮止的行为实在有其必要时,应当以其能力示现神变,显示他们的控制能力(译注:大概指掌控气,脉,明点或外在物质;五大的能力),表示他们的行为不受拘束,如同密勒日巴或其他瑜伽士,好比竹巴昆烈。


如此一来,人们见到其神通与证量,便会对其增长信心虔敬。即使他们外在示现错误的行为,人们也会因其甚深证量与特殊的神通力而信服,不会丧失他们的信心。


吉祥女比丘尼(禁语断食观音斋法门初祖)为了摧毁其所在城市的市民对祂已破戒的邪见,并为了藉此调柔并引导他们成就证悟,祂切下祂的头颅,把它放在矛上,并在虚空中舞蹈,然后说:"若我是一个戒律清淨的比丘尼,我的头将完好如初。"由于其真实语,祂的头完好如初,因此人们的邪见止息,他们相信祂没有丝毫过失与违犯,而对祂升起难以想像得无比信心。


我并不要你做如同故事中去砍头之类的事,该故事所言乃高度证悟及神通。


显示神变,人们便不会对你的行为抱持邪见并对你升起信心。而在看到神通这种外在力量后,他们会对高度证悟感到信心,既然你有控制能力,那麽你的行为就不会被束缚,你的一切行为将不会是轮迴的污点。


仅仅显示普通的神通是不够的,你还必须显示特殊的神通。例如六世嘉瓦仁波切显示的神通:祂在布达拉宫顶上撒尿,但在尿滴落地面前,他用他的阴茎把尿吸回去。又例如前世贡萨仁波切,他曾用阴茎把泥土吸进去。


伴随著爱与祈祷

喇嘛梭巴


嘉瓦仁波切办公室给他发的信:

亲爱的教师(原文为Rev.,意为牧师,大概系否定其具有出家身分)Michael Roach:


这事对你来信的回覆,我们已阅读你很长的解释,但仍不支持你到达兰sala,若你确实如你于信中所称证得"见道"位(上士道五道之一。五道乃资粮道,加行道,见道,修道,无学道),那麽你应该如过去的大成就者般显示神通,唯有如此藏传佛教徒才能接受并信服你的主张。


......宗座经常收到抱怨,希望祂能对那些不肯持守传统戒律者更严厉些。你的到来将使外界认为宗座在纵容你的行为与修行,有鉴于此,也为了藏传佛教的传承清淨,我们建议你不要到这里来,但欢迎你的团体中其他成员出席。

宗座的开示。

Tenzin Geyche Tethong

  宗座的秘书

  嘉瓦仁波切办公室

格西Michael Roach 与其学生的性行为(以下译自国外博客Geshe Watch

http://geshewatch.blogspot.com/ )


2000 年3 月3 日至2003 年6 月6 日期间,格西Michael Roach 在亚利桑那州举办了三年闭关。一同闭关的有他的一些亲近学生,包括Christie McNally,一些年轻的女在家人和一名已受戒的尼师。闭关之初,格西Michael Roach 与这些女子的真正关系并不广为人知。后来,当一些学生开始进行调查,格西Michael Roach 在整整三年中,与Christie McNally住在同一房间,而且他与一同闭关的四名女子发生性关系,包括那位已受戒的尼师的情事才为人所知。


为了保护当事人,我们不会公布她们的名字,除了现在公开与格西Michael Roach 有肉体关系的Christie McNally。


在2001 年年底,一位年轻的女士由于格西Michael Roach 和四名女士之间的性关系导致的情绪问题提早离开。为了掩盖她离开的真正原因,她被广泛宣传为,被格西Michael Roach 指示进行在世俗中的“特殊闭关”,然而这只是一个谎言。


其中两名女子(至少其中一人因这个"闭关经验"而罹患心理障碍)之后离开格西Michael Roach 的圈子一阵子,她们曾向包括至少有一位德高望重的上师提过她们的遭遇。他们都声称格西Michael Roach,这位受戒的比丘,至少在闭关之前和期间,与他的女学生从事性行为。她们证实,这种性行为是极世俗的,并不是任何神圣的法门,其中包括观看成人伦理片,吹箫,同时和多个女子一起的大锅炒。(原话我实在不好意思翻得太直白)


两位女士在2004 年返回钻石山(格西Michael Roach 的学会),并被拱上法座,被尊崇为"喇嘛"。据了解,施加在她们身上的庞大情绪压力迫使她们返回。那位已受戒的尼师在2004 年年底,因不明原因离开钻石山。


这些女士自愿提供的内幕,导致当格西Michael Roach 仍在闭关时,便被禁止在FPMT 中心教学。


以下是上述女士之一闺密的公开信:(因文中多为情感文字,故仅针对Michael Roach 的行为部分翻译)


…正是在这个时候,我第一次意识到,三年来格西Michael Roach 不是独自待在他的蒙古包,而是和Christie 一起”修行”。这对内是个心照不宜宣的秘密,而不为来钻石山参观的游客所知。…


格西Michael Roach 多年来曾进行一连串的性行为,至少有四个是他最亲密的弟子。可能也与他的旧女友。他费了九牛二虎之力对公众隐藏他的秘密,经常出国或进行秘密闭关。…


有时,这些性行为包括,同时和多个女子一起的大锅炒;观看成人伦理片;他本人穿上女性内衣;和已受戒的尼师为性行为。…这些行为,至少就其中一名女士看来,与"殊胜"一丁点关系都没有,她称之为“高中生式性爱”。(这段话我也不懂,大概可以参考美国影集Gossip Girls 或琳赛萝涵主演的Mean Girl?)


我相信,格西Michael Roach 实际上与其中一位女子在加勒比某处结婚,这些记录有可能被挖出。与众多女士发生性关系的情况维持了好几个月直到Christie,格西Michael Roach 的现任伴侣(译注:已是"前"伴侣)要他们住手,然后成为他唯一的伴侣。

(以下内容译自New York Post 纽约邮报,将仅针对Michael Roach行为部分翻译)


《僧耶?侩耶?--纽约争议大师Michael Roach》

Michael Roach,一个争议和尚,他的"心灵伴侣"刚为了另一个男人离他而去,而他最近则开始穿上阿玛尼西装跑趴。他的弟子正努力保持对他的信心。


"我的僧袍会使有些人感到厌烦~"Michael说,他喜欢穿著帅劲的西装出席对商人的演讲或泡在俱乐部。


...他想去俱乐部。


当晚,Mia与这位五十七岁的僧人相约在Meatpacking区以house beats与tough velvet rope(译注:皆较动感的音乐种类)闻名的Cielo俱乐部。他没有穿著他一贯的僧袍。"那可真是怪极了,"Mia回忆道:"他穿著阿玛尼西装和一名模特儿在一起..."...带著充满皱纹的脸与长至肩膀的稀疏灰髮,大师显得与Cielo俱乐部有些格格不入,但他尽力了,并与一名肩挂香奈儿包的俄罗斯年轻女孩跳舞..."他就在舞池中,那与证悟完全扯不上关系。"Erin Vaughan说。"


格西Michael Roach以非传统的方式追求证悟,他鼓励他的弟子不要远离他们的精神伴侣超过30英迟...但他自己的"心灵伴侣"在去年夏天为了另一个男人离他而去,他的举止开始有些怪异...


...他在1983年受戒成为僧人...1997年,他遇见Christie McNally,一个小他二十岁的金髮女孩...


他的朋友教授Robert Thurman,女星乌玛·瑟曼的父亲,也是名还俗的前僧人,垦求他捨戒,并停止披袈裟。Michael Roach拒绝,两人陷入冷战。达赖喇嘛拒绝见他...儘管有这样的严厉批评,格西Michael Roach,依然我行我素,他自称从22岁以来就维持单身。当然,他对单身的定义不同于常人。


"我们不能有性行为(译注:指僧人),但在瑜伽中我们有伴侣修行"他解释道,"那可是很秘密的,你可不能洩漏出去。你可能认为那是性,但其目的是内在能量的交流。那需要严格的训练。确实有插(译注:penetration,是的,就是那个意思没错),但没有遗失X液。"...这真是段神秘的关系,但可不意味著它会永远持续下去。


Christie McNally在去年夏天为了另一个男人,Ian Thorson,离他而去。Ian Thorson是他们的一位年轻学生,曾担任他们的服侍其饮食与衣物的侍者与随从。近十年来,这对"心灵伴侣"用同一个盘子共餐,读同一本书,不曾离开彼此的视线,最终确是如此戏剧化的结束。这对格西Michael Roach及其弟子都是惨痛的伤害,他们开始质疑他们深信的理念,而又有谁是可以信任的?


“一切都陷入混乱,全都炸开了,”Erin说,“有些人交换伴侣,一些人选择离开。” Christie McNally已经逃离去进行禁语闭关(她在记者发稿时,无法对此事发表评论)Ian大概在她身边,而同时格西Michael Roach则与俄罗斯的金髮女郎泡在俱乐部。他也被看到与一个瑜伽教师手牵手逛街...


...同时,格西Michael Roach大笑著回答关于和俄罗斯女孩泡在俱乐部的问题:"如果我们不把佛教搞得健康点,让它好玩些,佛教会灭亡(译注:原文为die out)!"


翻译已全数贴完,欢迎回覆

另有一篇批评麦克尔•罗奇的伴侣"喇嘛"Christie McNally 的网志,但个人认为翻译价值不大,因重点内容前几篇网站已述,又Christie McNally 非主角人物。

有兴趣者,请至国外博客《恶业新闻》

http://badkarmanews.blogspot.com/2010/05/lama-christie-mcnallys-personal.html阅读

或许我之后翻译


原文

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, sent him a letter:




"Dear Geshe Michael,


If your conduct will be the way you explained in the letter then it will not be normal from the monasteries point of view or according to the monasteries point of view. Where the need is more important than what is to abandoned, along with that one should be able to perform other miracle powers, show control or freedom like Milarepa or like any of those yogi’s such as Dukpa Kunleg. Then, in this way, people can see the realizations and power and so devotion grows in them. Even they have mistaken appearance, people see their special qualities of showing control and high realizations , in this way seeing the mistakes does not destroy peoples faith and instead they see only qualities.


Gelongma Palmo in order to destroy the heresy of the people of the city who believed she had broken her vows and to inspire them and bring them to enlightenment, she cut off her head and put it on a spear and danced in space and said “if it is true that I am not pure, not a fully ordained nun then my head should not come back, if it is true that I


am pure then my head should come back”. Then her head came back on her body, like before, and that proved to the people in the city, the words of the truth. The head from the spear came back to her body as before, so everybody in the city completely believed that she did not have any mistakes and is pure, destroying all their wrong views and


heresy and this caused them to have incredible devotion to her.


Just to clarify I don’t mean you have to be enlightened to do that kind of conduct. It might seem that way from the story. All it means is having high realizations and showing to others through external miracle powers.


By showing miracle powers then other people can generate devotion and non heresy. By seeing the miracle power, something external, then they can have faith in high realizations, seeing that you have control and you are free and whatever conduct you do does not have the stain of samsara.


If one performs those behaviors to develop people’s devotion then it is not just an ordinary miracle that is needed, one needs to do a special kind of miracle, for example the6th DL pee-ed from the top of the Potala and just before the urine hit the ground he drew it back again inside his vajra. Also there is the story of the previous incarnation of Gonsar Rinpoche who pulled in mud through his vajra.


With much love and prayers,


Lama Zopa"




Even the Office of H.H. DL sent him a letter:




"Dear Rev. Michael Roach,


This is to thank you for your letter. We have gone through your long explanation but still do not support your coming to


DharmXala. If you have reached the path of seeing, as you claim in your letter, you should then be able show extraordinary powers and perform miracles like the Siddhas of the past. Only then will the followers of Tibetan Buddhists be able to believe and accept your claims. Otherwise, as His Holiness the DL is the Spiritual and XXX leader of XXX, having responsibility over the welfare of Tibetan Buddhism many have often complained to Him that He should be strict with those who are not adhering to the general norms of discipline according to our tradition. And your coming to DharmXala will be seen by many as His Holiness condoning your behavior and practice.


In view of all these we advise you not to visit DharmXala in the greater interest of the purity of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. However, as for the other members of your group those who are interested are welcome to attend the teachings of His Holiness the DL.


Tenzin Geyche Tethong


Secretary to H.H.


Office of H.H.


New York Post 纽约邮报

http://www.nypost.com/pagesixmag/issues/20100211/Monk+y+Business+Controversial+NYC+guru+Michael+Roach


Monk-y Business: Controversial NYC guru Michael RoachMichael Roach, a controversial Buddhist monk, lost his "spiritual partner" to another man—and started partying and dressing in Armani suits. Now his flock is struggling to keep the faith. By Beth Landman 


"Some people are turned off by my robes," (inset) says Michael, who favors sharp suits when giving talks to businesspeople or hitting the clubs.

Last November, Mia*, a comely thirtysomething yoga instructor at a studio downtown, got a strange phone call. Geshe Michael Roach, an ordained Buddhist monk and guru to many in the Union Square spirituality scene, was in town. He wanted to hang out that night with her and some of her other yogi friends, but he didn't want to talk chakras or do vinyasas. He wanted to hit the clubs.


Later that evening, Mia met up with the 57-year-old monk at Cielo, a hip club in the Meatpacking District known for its house beats and tough velvet rope. He wasn't wearing his usual flowing monastic robes. "It was the strangest thing," recalls Mia. "He was in this Armani suit and with a model, and he was now saying that everyone should dress up"—strange indeed, given that thousands of years of tradition dictate that Buddhist monks live spartan, celibate lives.


With his heavily lined face and thin graying hair brushing his shoulders, the guru didn't quite blend with the Cielo scene, though he did his best, boogying down with a young Chanel-clad Russian girl. Erin Vaughan, another yoga teacher there that night, was shocked. "He was on the dance floor, and there was nothing enlightened about it," she says.


Geshe Michael and ex-partner Christie speak to followers at an Arizona church.

With an unorthodox approach to finding enlightenment—Geshe Michael encourages his followers to couple up with spiritual partners and never stray more than 30 feet from each other—he has always moved to his own beat. But after his own spiritual partner left him last summer for a younger man, he started to behave oddly, and now even some of his most loyal devotees are having trouble following his moves.


A Princeton grad, Michael Roach came to Buddhism after his mother's death from breast cancer left him devastated. "It sort of destroyed me,'' he remembers. "I kept wondering what the meaning of life was, and I went to India to look for answers. In those days you could go to the DL's house and knock on his door." He was ordained as a monk in 1983 and then spent another 12 years studying Tibetan Buddhism to earn the title of geshe, one of only a few Westerners to do so. While studying for the geshe degree, Michael also amassed a personal fortune working in the diamond business, the vast majority of which, he says, he gave away to aid Tibetan refugees. In 1996 he cofounded Three Jewels, a dharma, meditation and yoga center in the East Village. The following year, he met Christie McNally, a young blonde two years out of NYU and 20 years his junior. Geshe Michael recalls their first meeting with a mythic reverence. "A beautiful rainbow came out," he says.


She came to him as a student, but their relationship quickly blossomed into much more. The two became spiritual partners, vowing never to be more than 15 feet apart. They spent three years, from 2000 to 2003, living together in an Arizona yurt on a silent retreat, their relationship a secret. Soon after, they went public, flying in the face of tradition and prompting outcry.


The DL shunned Michael for his unorthodox practices.

His friend Professor Robert Thurman, father of actress Uma Thurman and a former monk, begged Michael to renounce his monastic vows and stop wearing robes. Michael declined, and the two stopped speaking. The DL refused to see him when he traveled to India with a group of students in 2006. Despite such harsh criticism, Geshe Michael continued to live with Christie, though he says he's been celibate since he was 22. Of course, his definition of celibacy differs from the norm.


"We are not allowed to have sex, but in yoga there are practices that involve joining with a partner,'' he explains. "They are secret, and you are not allowed to disclose them. You might think of them as sex, but their purpose is to move inner energy. It takes very strict training. There would be penetration, but no release of semen." Sex or no sex, the two developed a unique bond, and their unorthodox message attracted thousands of followers around the world, including in New York and Arizona—where in 2004, they founded an unaccredited Buddhist University and retreat center called Diamond Mountain. When they spoke at St. Bartholomew's Church on the Upper East Side in 2007, some 800 New Yorkers came out to hear their talk on spiritual partnerships. They gave countless lectures, wrote half a dozen books together and helped couple off hundreds of followers into intensely close partnerships like their own. It was a relationship of mythical proportions, but that didn't mean it would last forever.


Last summer Christie left Geshe Michael for another man. Ian Thorson, a young student who had once served as the couple's attendant and delivered them food and robes, had come between them. After nearly a decade of eating off the same plate, reading the same book and never leaving one another's sight, the couple's spiritual partnership came to a dramatic end. Now both Geshe Michael and his followers are devastated and questioning what, and whom, they believe in.


Michael and Christie in the Arizona desert in 2005.

"Everything is going into chaos. It's all exploding," says Erin, who's close to many of his followers. "People are switching partners, and some are leaving him." Christie has fled into silent retreat (where she was at press time and unavailable for comment), most likely with Ian at her side, while Geshe Michael has been hitting the clubs with the Russian blonde. He's also been seen around town holding hands with a yoga instructor. He's even talking about starting a line of women's dresses adorned with synthetic diamonds. According to Mia, the guru has also been telling his followers that "everyone should dress up and look beautiful—it was the opposite of how he usually speaks." More accurately, it seems to be the opposite of how he used to speak. Other followers have noted that Geshe Michael seems to be espousing different beliefs, preaching that looking good and dressing well can help attract more followers. "It certainly has created confusion," sighs Bengal Shyam, a 28-year-old follower.



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Geshe Michael Roach's Sexual Conduct with Students 


From March 3, 2000 to June 6, 2003, Geshe Michael Roach took part in a three-year retreat in Arizona along with some close students including Christie McNally, some young female laypersons and an ordained nun.


When the retreat began, news of Geshe Michael Roach's real relationship with these ladies was not generally known. Later, as some students began to investigate, it became apparent to them that Geshe Michael Roach had spent the entire three years living in the same room as Christie McNally, and had also engaged in sexual activities with four of the ladies whom accompanied him into retreat, including an ordained nun. 


In order to protect the ladies concerned, we will not publish their names, apart from that of Christie McNally who now openly in a physical relationship with Geshe Michael Roach.


One young lady left the retreat early, in late 2001, due to emotional problems associated with the sexual relationship between Geshe Michael Roach and the four ladies. It was widely publicized that Geshe Michael Roach had sent her out into the world to perform a "special retreat", however this was nothing more than a lie to cover the real reason for her leaving.


Two of the ladies who had been involved in the four way sexual relationship with Geshe Michael Roach left his circle for some time. Both these ladies spoke to others about their experiences, including at least one well known high lama. At least one of them was emotionally disturbed by their experience. Both claim that Geshe Michael Roach, an ordained monk, had engaged in sexual activity with at least four of his female students both before and during the retreat. Both claim that this sexual activity was mundane, rather than any form of holy consort practice, and included watching pornography, fellatio, and more than one lady at the same time. 


Both ladies returned to Diamond Mountain in 2004 where they have been placed on a pedestal and presented as Lamas to the community. It is believed that considerable emotional pressure was exerted on them to return. The ordained nun left Diamond Mountain for an extended period of time in late 2004 for undisclosed reasons.


Information volunteered by these ladies lead to Geshe Michael Roach being barred from teaching in centres of the FPMT while he was still in retreat.


Below is an open letter from a close friend of one of the ladies mentioned above, who spent considerable time with her after she left the retreat early.


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From the start I would like to state that my intentions for writing to this letter are simply to protect current and future students of Geshe Michael Roach from any type of harm or possible disillusionment in the path of the Dharma. 


I in no way claim to have any direct knowledge of Geshe Michael Roach’s realizations or lack thereof. All I am offering are facts that have been told to me directly by the woman involved. 


As Geshe Michael Roach repeatedly taught, it is imperative that a potential student research their Lama thoroughly before committing to them as a disciple. Therefore one has to engage a high degree of critical discernment based on ones own perceptions and the words of others.


I hope that those of you who read this might place it within that context, not taking my words to be true but putting them up against what you yourself have seen and heard regarding Geshe Michael Roach’s behavior and deciding what for you is true or not.


For close to a year I studied and worked while living at Diamond Mountain and attending to the needs of the three year retreatants, whom I had never personally met. The strength of Geshe Michael Roach’s teachings kept me inspired in my activities as well as the close relationships that I had formed with the other members of the community of practitioners. I had a great degree of respect for the nuns and the laity who were so committed in their devotion to the retreatants, sacrificing their own practice and at times their own health to see that the demands and needs of the retreatants were always met. 


A few months into my stay I was allowed within the retreat boundary, at first to do some roof and deck repairs, and later to partake in the daily delivery of food. It was during this time that I first realized that Geshe Michael Roach was not alone in his yurt but was spending the duration of his three years in practice with Christie. This was an unspoken secret that was not to be shared with visitors who came through Diamond Mountain. 


I really was left to my own imagination as to how exactly Geshe Michael Roach, a fully ordained monk of the Gelugpa order was maintaining his vinaya (vows) whilst sharing a small Mongolian yurt with a female student for three years. 


Geshe Michael Roach was always very articulate in his teachings regarding the need to maintain a strict ethical practice, so in my mind there were partitions and the like, and of course I believed he and Christie were always meditating nicely, side by side. 


If, perhaps, I slipped into a vision that this was in any way unethical for a monk, and certainly more appealing for a 28 year old man, I quickly marked it down in my little vow book as an infraction of my pure view. The reason I mention this is to address the claims that I left the community because I was uncomfortable with an ordained monk having a consort. This was of course a concern at the time, but eventually paled in comparison to the actual cause of my departure.


Life went on as usual at the center as we prepared for the upcoming Quiet Retreat teachings. It was at these teachings that I was introduced to, and quickly befriended, one of our other “holy lamas” who had been in retreat with Geshe Michael Roach but had been sent out on a sacred pilgrimage to undisclosed locations. 


Within two weeks I had rented a home in Tucson and moved in with this remarkable woman, who was indeed beautiful, wise and kind. It was less than a month later that she and I were quickly packing up her van and leaving town. Without too much discussion with the general community we simply up and left. A few close friends I felt obligated to share this information with, one of them was on the Board (of Diamond Mountain), also chose to leave after years of service. Based on the truths that were revealed to us, it was, we believed, the most skillful course of action.


Without the need to get caught up in details or to reveal the names of any of the women involved, I will attempt to tell you as best as I can recollect, what was told directly to me. This from a woman who had just finished a year and a half retreat with her lama, to a man (myself) who was planning on ordaining in a few short years. 


Geshe Michael Roach over a period of years had engaged in a series of sexual encounters with at least four of his closest disciples. And possibly also with his old girlfriend. He went to great lengths to keep his activities secret from the community, often times leaving the country or secretly going on retreat. 


These sexual activities at times included more than one woman at a time, the viewing of pornography, and the donning of ladies undergarments by himself. One of the women involved was also ordained at the time. 


These activities, at least as seen by one of the woman, had not the slightest relationship to anything sacred and felt more like, as she put it “high school sex acts”. I believe that Geshe Michael Roach actually married one of these women while somewhere in the Caribbean, it might be possible to locate the records of this act. These activities with multiple woman lasted for many months until Christie, Geshe Michael Roach’s current consort, demanded that they stop and that she was to be his only partner. 


I make no claims as to the whether or not these are the manifestations of enlightened behavior. That is for each of you to research on your own. It is through the encouragement of many teachers of various Buddhist lineages, including the Dalai Lama, that I have shared with you this information. For the sake of the women involved, all of whom are still very active in Geshe Michael Roach’s community, I ask that this information be used merely by each of you as individual practitioners to make the best possible choices as regards your inner lives and whom you choose to study with.


One last note. It is with great sadness that I have had to write this letter. Geshe Michael Roach was a remarkable teacher of the Dharma to myself and thousands of other individuals. He inspired so many beings to pursue the path through study and retreat. These good acts are unmistaken. Whether the personal actions of a teacher enhance or diminish the import of their teachings is a question that each of us must answer on our own. I have made my decision, now I hope that you can more clearly make yours. 


Name withheld by request


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