[Buddha-l] Oops--Article is from NY Times

Richard Basham bshmr at aol.com
Mon Jan 3 11:45:15 MST 2011

Via The Buddhist Channel, the revelations about an abbot's lechery is
unfortunate, and a damned sight more visible now. Perhaps 'sunshine'
will become the rule, as Halifax and others (including myself) imagine
as a more wholesome way.

Richard Basham


An Open Letter from Founder of Upaya Zen Center
by Joan Halifax, Roshi, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 2, 2010

Dear Daibosatzu Board and Practitioners,

I am Founding Abbot of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a
woman, a Zen practitioner since 1965, and someone who was sexually
assaulted by one of her Buddhist teachers years ago. I have been
following the discussion on the AZTA listserv for many months about the
Eido Shimano "case".




Why Buddhism?: Violations of Trust in the Sexual Sphere
by Roshi Joan Halifax, Founding Abbot Upaya Zen Center, The Buddhist
Channel, Jan 3, 2011

Santa Fe, New Mexico  (USA) -- We all know that rape as a weapon of war
has been used against women and nations for thousands of years. Rape,
forceable seduction, seduction through trickery, power and domination,
seduction through loneliness or delusion have also been part of most, if
not all, religions.

Yes, if you want to demoralize a nation, rape its women, its daughters,
its sisters, its wives........ And if you want to deepen the shadow of
any religion, turn wisdom and compassion into hypocrisy, and stand by,
conflict averse, as its male clergy disrespects women, has sex with
female congregants, dominates women, abuses women, degrades or rapes




Mr Shimano, please stand down
Editorial, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 3, 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The Vinaya of the Theravada Buddhist tradition
have a term to describe four repugnant acts. Called the Parajikas
(defeats), these rules entail expulsion from the Sangha for life. If a
monk breaks any one of the rules he is automatically 'defeated' in the
holy life and falls from monkhood immediately.




Sex and the Sangha: Letters and Leadership
by NellaLou (Blog), Dec 30, 2010

New York, USA -- Eido Shimano wrote a letter to the New York Times
reporter who did the story about him in that newspaper, Sex Scandal Has
U.S. Buddhists Looking Within. It is pretty much an accusation of making
up the whole situation he’s engendered. Blaming others is one of the
hallmarks of those in denial. Everyone’s fault but his own.



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