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UK psychologist being harassed by Buddhist cult?

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UK psychologist being harassed by Buddhist cult?

it concerns this woman;

Dr Michelle Haslam, DClinPsych, PhD, BSc (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2014 from the University of Birmingham, PhD in 2011 from Loughborough University is titled 'Interpersonal functioning and eating disorder related psychopathology’, BSc (Hons) Psychology, Loughborough University, 2008)

I think she "discovered" this about them (which is pretty much common knowledge amongst the New Age scene actually).

In case you are naïve about Buddhism from only witnessing the public behaviour of its Monks and Nuns etc;

Buddhism - one aspect of its core beliefs is that (IMAGINING) having sex in a particular way brings "Enlightenment" - and can achieve it in that way QUICKER than by Meditating or Chanting etc.

(even the Dalai Lama fully accepts that concept but views differ across the various Buddhist sects on HOW it should be done exactly - either just imagined or actually done physically. The major view seems to be that senior Buddhists can get to do it physically whilst the poor old junior ones have to make do with just imagining it).

As you can imagine (excuse the pun) and rather obviously many senior Buddhist men just use it as a ruse to trick (Buddhist) women into bed (prematurely saying she has reached "senior Buddhist status" so they can get her into the bedroom quicker etc).

Somehow in all the mainstream Mental Health talk about Mindfulness (which is another aspect of Buddhism and INDEED useful in Mental Health) women don't seem to be being routinely WARNED about that other aspect of it (and I supposed men too as there have been cases of gay senior Buddhist men preying on other men and even giving them AIDS etc).

Here is probably the most notorious British example - a (naïve) Scottish junior Buddhist woman who didn't know the truth about senior Buddhist members until trapped/stuck halfway up a Tibetan mountain place with a load of senior Buddhist men - I was a Tantric sex slave

So can we actually start having Mental Health trusts etc that STOP being naïve about this when they promote Mindfulness?

It MIGHT be exposing (very attractive) women (because they tend to be the ones who get prematurely "promoted" to "senior Buddhist status") to the DANGER of sexual exploitation if they then choose to get drawn further into Buddhism at a local temple etc - the promoted Mindfulness having piqued their further interest in it.

(I've met LOADS of Irish ex-Catholics who have chucked that Faith after all the sex scandals in it and who have turned to things like Buddhism etc instead. I'm just wondering what will happen when they realise that the grass often isn't greener on the other side at all. Men often exploit women for sex seems to be the great universal truth of matters on Earth).

More;

Allegations - Buddhism under assault

Fake website set up to discredit her - Dr Michelle Haslam | Plagiarization & Misrepresentation of Research

The Dalai Lama on sex as a method of achieving Enlightenment. As you can imagine his speeches on the topic are rare, coy, and esoteric (when senior Buddhists talk about sex it is rather like watching Bloomberg TV - whether it is either all utterly incomprehensible or makes absolute perfect and useful sense actually depends on you - and maybe that is the plan all along to keep the uninitiated plebs out and to keep every useful benefit cosy for themselves). Money and Sex - forever linked - Explaining Tantra in Tibetan Buddhism at Shuchi-in University | The 14th Dalai Lama

The (endless) argument within Buddhism itself re actual physical sex versus merely imagined sex in achieving Enlightenment - Karmamudrā - Wikipedia
 
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Ok.. (Hi @gobrien)

I haven't read the links yet, but wanted to comment. Reaching 'enlightenment' via (physical) Tantric practice doesn't have to include intercourse or another person for that matter. It's called 'Reaching Kundalini' (Hindi I think, not sure about spelling)

I experienced it once many years ago when my mental health declined for the first time. It wasn't planned or even known about at that time by me. It (self stimulation) was instinctive and came about while laying in bed and desperate to relieve my poor confused mind.

I won't go into detail, but the outcome (when 'release' happened) was like a stream of energy went up my spine and then my head felt like it exploded. Afterwards I got up like a new person with my mind as clear as day.

The experience was highly pleasurable during, but I never did it again due to fear. My cousin and I talked about it as he'd done it many times. Eventually he ended up with schizophrenia and mentioned this practice may have been integral.

I've never delved into the science of it, but there must be evidence somewhere.

I don't doubt what's been said about monks as yes, they're men first and foremost. Can it be as prolific as mentioned though? Or has it been highlighted due to social media re this (very qualified) psychologist?
 
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more links;


Psychosis

2013 article - My Tantric “Kundalini awakening” turned me off sex - www.salon.com/2013/03/17/my_tantric_awakening_turned_me_off_sex/

The psychiatrist/researcher Stanislav Grof has written about this issue. His website - www.stanislavgrof.com

TIDS: Tantra-Induced Delusional Syndrome - http://downthecrookedpath-meditation-gurus.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/tantra-induced-delusional-syndrome-tids.html

(That proposal to the American Psychiatric Association was rejected in point of fact - but that isn't to say it won't be included next time etc)

"There are dangers to Tantra. Sense-addiction, insanity/psychosis and abuse of power. At various points on the path, a Tantrika (seeker working with Tantric teachings) may risk (be challenged, tempted or threatened by) one or all of these. Facing these temptations requires Intelligence, and deep commitment to accepting experience `as it is' however that looks."

Source - www.advaittantra.com/tantra.html

Videos of Kundalini Awakenings - www.thekundaliniyoga.org/Kundalini/kriyas_shaktipat_kundalini_kriya_experiences_video_collection.aspx

Psychosis or Spiritual Emergence? - Consideration of the Transpersonal Perspective within Psychiatry - by Dr Nicki Crowley - www.rcpsych.ac.uk/pdf/Nicki%20Crowley%20%20Psychosis%20or%20Spiritual%20Emergence.pdf

Book - Kundalini and Psychosis - www.newbrainnewworld.com/?Awakening_of_Kundalini:Kundalini_and_Psychosis

Mystical Psychosis - Mystical psychosis - Wikipedia

Coming Out of the Spiritual Closet : a personal account of Kundalini Awakening by Dr Lissa Rankin - Coming Out Of The Spiritual Closet


(Sexual) Abuse

Tantra Not Trauma - provide a space for people to share and bring awareness to traumatic experiences around Tantric practices; this is a space to support and witness individuals without rescuing, fixing, judging, shaming or blaming - Tantra Not Trauma

Dangerous Persuaders (book exposing cult techniques) by Australian academic Louise Samways - http://www.louisesamways.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DangerousPersuaders.pdf


Oxytocin drawbacks

The Dark Side of Oxytocin - The Dark Side of Oxytocin

Oxytocin - A 'Love Hormone' With a Nasty Little Secret - A 'Love Hormone' With a Nasty Little Secret

Oxytocin the `love hormone' helps soldiers like each other and hate the enemy - The Cult of the Dead Fish: Love hormone helps soldiers like each other and hate the enemy


You might even end up like David Icke - enough said

In February 1991, David Icke visited a pre-Inca Sillustani burial ground near Puno, Peru, where he felt drawn to a particular circle of waist-high stones. As he stood in the circle, he had two thoughts: that people would be talking about this in 100 years, and that it would be over when it rained. His body shook as though plugged into an electrical socket, and new ideas poured into him. Then it started raining and the experience ended. He described it as the kundalini (a term from Indian yoga) activating his chakras, or energy centres, triggering a higher level of consciousness. There followed what Icke called his "turquoise period".

More - David Icke - Wikipedia


My own view is it is like stuntman Evel Knieval said about drugs - some aspects are useful and very pleasurable - but so are the dangers. And so ultimately it is your choice.

To be fair, in a secular form it forms the basis of modern psychosexual counselling - Tantric and Taoist Practices to Improve Sex
 
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I'm not convinced of S. Grof's explanation re spiritual awakening and its potential to heal the effects of trauma. In fact, I actually disagree intensely.

I found the S/M woman to be self aware, questioning the reality/science of her experience, though her lifestyle isn't something the average Joe could identify with either.

The TIDS site has been closed. I didn't try any other links as reading too many long articles triggers eyesight problems.

IMO..
The state of our mental health is grounded in the 'brain', not the mind. Damage caused by trauma and years of dysfunctional thoughts, beliefs, ideals and addiction actually harms the physical brain. We're sick because we've spent far too much time in our 'minds' trying to escape life.

Mindfulness brought me back to my physical existence; that's where I found 'me', away from the madness and fear.

The prevalence of mental illness, I feel is because our brains are evolving; quicker than any other time in history. Life's fast and furious, so to keep up and meet the needs society (marketing moguls) dictate as acceptable and 'normal', we adapt or perish. Change is a transitional stage initially laden with confusion and fear; before the dust settles.

What happened with me was the result of my higher consciousness providing an opportunity for respite from a wounded mind and, it worked. That's all that counts to me. I've never done it again or wanted to.
 
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