Buddha Betrayed: When Spiritual Relationships Go Awry Gerti Schoen

ISBN: 9781482582949

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Buddha Betrayed: When Spiritual Relationships Go Awry  by  Gerti Schoen

Buddha Betrayed: When Spiritual Relationships Go Awry by Gerti Schoen
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American Buddhism has been shaken by sex scandals and inappropriate relationships between teachers and students for years. This book addresses the pitfalls that occur in spiritual relationships: the idealization of the teacher, the way students giveMoreAmerican Buddhism has been shaken by sex scandals and inappropriate relationships between teachers and students for years.

This book addresses the pitfalls that occur in spiritual relationships: the idealization of the teacher, the way students give away their power and how priests betray the trust and good will of the vulnerable. A brilliant and deeply important book. Schoen is consistently insightful and often revelatory, and her clear, fluid writing is a pleasure to read. Anyone who has--or wants--a spiritual teacher needs to read Buddha Betrayed and take it to heart. Scott Edelstein, author of Sex and the Spiritual Teacher Praise for Buddha Betrayed American Buddhism is a relatively young transplant from Asia.

It has a lot of growing up to do and recently several major scandals have become widely public, revealing for all to see the growing pains. Everyone who has associated with a Buddhist teacher hopes they have done the personal work necessary to transcend our primitive primal selfish nature that is always seeking to have enough and then some more, but this is not always the case.

Some adepts have done sufficient work to open their minds fully to the multi-dimensional universe we are all seamlessly a part, but have not done the inner psychological work to master their base instincts, needs and desires. If these adepts are raised prematurely to teacher status, fed admiration, power and nearly unconditional deference and respect, with little peer review or supervision, this can be a dangerous combination leading to abuse of power and position.

Gerti Schoen in her book: Buddha Betrayed - When Spiritual Relationships Go Awry has done a great job examining the fallout and investigating the process that has led to such abuses. It is particularly a must read for anyone who has experienced this kind of situation first hand. Schoen provides the analysis and cautions needed for American Buddhism to take its next steps towards a truly mature American practice. Genjo Marinello, head teacher, Chobo-ji, Seattle



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