from Rigpa Cult Practice Testimonies, Chris Chandler, on June 17, 2013 :
Whether it is Theravada buddhism, Mahayana buddhism, Tibetan buddhism, since after the Buddha died, what the Buddha taught has been totally corrupted by state/religious politics, over centuries,
starting first with the Hindustani Brahmins who took Buddhism over in India, that’s what , in fact the Tibetan lamas ‘inherited” that’s why they are on thrones, and believe (talk about narcissism) that they are living dieties, that is why there is a guru vajrayana strain, and everyone of them believe that they ARE the reincarnation of this and that deity lama, ( you can’t get more theistic then this)
because it is a Hindu religion, of elitist Brahmanism that created a caste system in Tibet just like in India (it was one of the things the Buddha Shakyamuni tried to counteract in his own times);
and then mixed it with Mahayana buddhism , and the whole karma, reincarnation focus on future lives, (so that people don’t protest what is happening in this one), it doesn’t matter,
what strain, when it is mixed with the State it becomes a repressive censorious regime, that keeps people mired in superstition, ignorance, poverty and misery.
None of it relates to what the Buddha actually taught, which was really more a secular , non theistic understanding of cause and effect, and the truth of impermanence, and most importantly to be enlightened with in one’s own True Heart …
how all suffering is caused by ‘wishing things were different than they are” , all these strains of buddhism (except what the Buddha actually taught) teach people to turn “inward” ignore the reality around them for a future life of imagined enlightenment if you only follow the dogmas of this religion, they are no different than any fundamentalist religion ….
Europe is waking up to this , and the U.S. is slowly , slowly waking up, you can find more and more articles in city newspapers, describing the absurdity of who the Dalai Lamas actually are, what their regimes are really like, and trying to cut through this nonsense we have filled our heads with for the last 40 years, THEY are a cult of Lamaism, and they are NOT presenting what the Buddha taught, they are all about keeping themselves on those thrones for lifetime after lifetime, and creating a world buddhocracy that will resemble Old Tibet.
They cannot handle the first tenet of what the Buddha taught: IMPERMANENCE>