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Boundless stupidity

From: https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20151007135217/http://www.dharma-sangha.com/news/2015/05/20/boundless-stupidity

by This website | May 20, 2015
The saga of scandals continues, how can it be otherwise with a fundamentally irresponsible management and this culture of blind devotion within the organization disregarding the elementary principles of honesty. Closest aid steels 11 000 USD.

Boundless stupidity

Limitless incompetence

After all the warnings on miss-management, diligence, honesty, responsibility the community around Mr Ramlal Bomjon continues to manifest new scandals in their midst. The latest in a string of events of which we only see the tip of the iceberg, is the theft of money by one of those about whom we kept warning all the way to Mr Ramlal Bomjon himself. His close executor of every order Mr Darshan Limbu whom he kept welcoming back around him, despite all the stern warnings issued by the president Kim, by Dawa, by so many others I would rather not name. Rather than avoiding scandals and cleaning up the highly compromised groupies around him, chaos and corruption were kept close at hand, the reason given was that Mr Ramlal Bomjon needed people close to the mafia in Nepal for his protection.

Is that not silly! Now they publish this information:

“Two former Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha assistants previously working closely with Guru have now left, and no longer serve as links to Guru’s Dharmic Centre. Ngima Dawa Tamang last year resigned his Committee position to serve elsewhere. Devotees wishing information re Puja, visits, pick-up or accommodation should send all queries directly to dharxxxxxx@xxxxx.com

Darshan Limbu (Foon Chook / Diviya Darshan) made a contract promising to work for BSDS Office for two years. Then making sangha disciples believe he had many serious problems, he took from the Office funds the equivalent of eleven-thousand US$, saying he was going to Kathmandu to send the money to his family. Since then however, he has disappeared; he has not returned to fulfill his work contract; nor has he contacted sangha, disciples or the Dharma Sangha Office. The Office however has received reports that Darshan Limbu has been approaching national and international sangha members as a Guru-disciple, sharing sangha photos and various persuasive stories to ask for money privately.

Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha Central Office herewith makes the Maitri Request that all sangha members, followers and devotees be on the alert for this kind of persons.”

That Darshan is the very same person involved in the detention and abuse of 2 women.

Conclusion

The saga of scandals continues, how can it be otherwise with a fundamentally irresponsible management and this culture of blind devotion within the organization disregarding the elementary principles of honesty. Without any special power of prediction, the future will be a self-repeating cycle where the same deeds and actions cause the same outcomes. No enlightenment required to come to that kind of conclusions.

Why is the name of Dawa mixed up with the name of Darshan? Are the two things related, if not why create more confusion? Probably because that’s the only thing that they are specialized in: “creating confusion”.

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We are all responsible

From: https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20151007045803/http://www.dharma-sangha.com/news/2015/04/24/we-are-all-responsible

 

by This website | Apr 24, 2015

 

Those who willingly put aside their own autonomy, their own moral judgement, to obey even a Christ, a Buddha, or a Krishna, do so at risk of losing a great deal more than they can hope to gain.

 

We are all responsible

Doing nothing is akin to condoning unethical behaviour

Mr Ramlal Bomjon, who appeared first in the news as a young boy without much education from Nepal, who left to go meditate in the jungle, has gradually taken on the role and authority that everyone gave him. His meditative skills were masking what he was growing into.

As the Dalai Lama (1999) expressed his own opinion, regarding the value of investigative journalism, welcoming it unlike the treatment given by the aides of Mr Ramlal Bomjon to the journalist in 2012, coming to report on the detention two women:

“I respect and appreciate the media’s interference…. It is appropriate … to have journalists … snooping around and ex-posing wrongdoing where they find it. We need to know when this or that renowned individual hides a very different aspect behind a pleasant exterior.”

In the same line of wisdom Albert Einstein tells us:

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

The dream of a Buddha in our life time, and as soon as the nickname “Buddha Boy” hit the headlines of the press, we wanted so much to believe this was it, that the nickname was forged into factual reality by the power of our own desires.

Before showing any merit as a teacher or a guide, his followers made him a personality above all others, treating him like a god, imparting impunity to any of his actions, diverting the guilt towards the victims. For so many want to believe saints and sages have the best interest of everyone in their heart, in their speech, in their mind and through their actions.

We also want to believe that the ‘enlightened beings’ would never twist truth to suit their own desires or goals, and abuse their power to take advantage, be it sexually or otherwise, of their followers.

Of course, disclosures will create a good amount of exasperation among the obedient followers, for whom the “perfection” and infallibility of their leader is not open to questioning. However if truth ever matters, then we need to welcome that the lies and abusive behaviours of the people in position of spiritual authority be laid bare to the rest of the world.

In this circumstance exposing them to the public scrutiny is the only way to get them to stop with the damaging practices.

Conclusion

Those who willingly put aside their own autonomy, their own moral judgement, to obey even a Christ, a Buddha, or a Krishna, do so at risk of losing a great deal more than they can hope to gain.

“Nothing was true of all that she had believed, but the falsest thing of all was what she had mistaken for revealed truth.”
— François Mauriac, Maltaverne

Witness account signs of cultism with Mr Ramlal Bomjon

From: https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20151007135204/http://www.dharma-sangha.com/news/2015/04/23/witness-account-signs-of-cultism-with-mr-ramlal-bomjon

 

by This website | Apr 23, 2015

 

Thank you Michiel for your informative perspective and testimonial. You are highlighting what many have also witnessed. The outlandish claims and projects, as the tragic events which leave every one with big question marks, and deeply shocks decent and honest people.

 

Witness account first signs of cultism around Mr Ramlal Bomjon

Message from Michiel Hegener

I applaud the new content of the website. Out of curiosity I visited Halhoriya for 6 days in May 2011, partly because I had to be in India and Nepal anyway for my work as a journalist. I do not need any guru, but I thought that there might be an interesting story to write. So, I interviewed many people during that week. Marici was there as well and we met of course.

I saw no signs, or hardly any, that there was a cult in the making. In fact, I had a very nice and pleasant week with the jolly crowd gathered there.

Soon after my return I started having doubts about DS because of:

  • The naming-and-shaming-manner in which Khenpo was thrown out
  • his plan to have a painting made of him holding hands with the Buddha and Jesus while Jesus was holding hands with Mohammed. Given the cruel conquest of Christian lands by Muslims since the days of Mohammed, and the persecution world wide of Christians by Muslims, this painting idea was stupid in the least and in fact hugely insulting to Christ and his followers
  • the treatment of Marici who was accused of things which she did not do and was ostracized by DS in the autumn of 2011
  • the subsequent imprisonment of Marici during the first three months of 2012, about which she informed me soon after her release. There is no doubt that she was imprisoned: two members of the Sangha, whom I met in August 2012, told me how the Sangha had had a meeting in Halkhoriya with DS in attendance, during which they decided to release Marici and the other prisoner, Ana Maati (who I met from a distance in 2011).

 

Feel free to publish this mail!

Kind regards
Michiel Hegener

Thank you

Thank you Michiel for your informative perspective and testimonial. You are highlighting what many have also witnessed. The outlandish claims and projects, as the tragic events which leave every one with big question marks, and deeply shocks decent and honest people.

The announcement of the first pregnancy

From: https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20151007073034/http://www.dharma-sangha.com/news/2015/04/15/the-announcement-of-the-first-pregnancy

by This website | Apr 15, 2015
Intrigues, secrets told to one, kept secret from the others. For however thought Mr Ramlal Bomjon actually cared about anyone, his deeds have proven the opposite.

The announcement of the first pregnancy

The email of Mrs Andrea Good

“Dear Ivan, Jyampa Kidwen, and Semyon,

I just spoke to Jyampa Yeshe to ask him what Guru said at the meeting on Friday, May 9th, and he said that Guru spoke first about the Sangha, saying that he wanted all the old Sangha, like Mani Lama etc. back in the Sangha and cooperating with the new Sangha, and that he wished to see cooperation among the International Sangha, especially between Semyon and Ivan. Those who are not able to cooperate and accept who and what the Guru is need to go on a different road.

I told Jyampa Yeshe that Semyon and Ivan are doing okay, and that it should be no problem there. Jyampa Yeshe said he was glad when I said you two (Semyon and Ivan) were doing fine, and that is exactly what Guru wants to know

Then I asked what Guru said about Guru Ama (Nyanchen Mo).

Jyampa Yeshe said that Guru had announced that Guru Ama was his wife and that she is now pregnant. But he wants us to keep this information only for trusted members of the Sangha and not to announce it on the internet. So, this is what has been shared, and I feel we are at peace.
Om A Hum Mahen Yana Guru Pani Siddhi Hung

Maitri Mangalam,
Jyampa Dolma”

The ‘wished for cooperation’

Whether it is Andrea Good, or Semyon, neither of them ever cooperates with anyone, at least not in the sense that most of humanity understands cooperation. Semyon never even wanted in all these years to discuss anything, literally anything with his own voice. His cooperation extended to writing a few lines in emails, or defending his revered co-guru Andrea Good by insulting any disagreeing voice. The websites post searches for volunteers, many of them have come up, almost all of them have been turned down. No expression of care, not even the usual how are you, when addressing someone, automated signature, with ‘Best regards, Semyon’ and the famous quote of Maitri Mangalam, which has been so used and over used, that it doesn’t even mean Hi or Bye anymore.

Throughout all those years, events and happenings have been surrounded by secrets, things that should not be told to anyone, group 1 is told one thing, group 2 is been asked about group 1, group 3 shouldn’t know, don’t publish, publish, copy paste of quotes, oiling up the donation pump machine.

Patiently you tell yourself this is the teething period of a baby organization, its only people, people make mistakes, they will eventually wake up, start caring, after uttering so many times prayers that are supposed to benefit them and others. But there is no waking up, there are just more and more stupid silly, or incomprehensible events.

Cooperation has only occurred in the form of being added in the CC field of emails, receiving photos or translations to publish. Even when asked by the then president Kim, Semyon and Andrea turned down all the extended hands. It wouldn’t be a big deal if there is only two weird people who are not yet ready to behave as brethren, the reality is that this behavior has become endemic throughout the whole managerial apparatus. Kim collects money, speaks of money, speaks of her position as president that she doesn’t like, wants to resign, but there is no one to replace her. Andrea holds as tight as possible to her position, Semyon holds onto the skirts of Andrea.

Pregnancy

Conclusion

Intrigues, secrets told to one, kept secret from the others. For however thought Mr Ramlal Bomjon actually cared about anyone, his deeds have proven the opposite. According to Kim he calls Andrea Good crazy, yet he plays with her and uses her to stir and create trouble. When you call upon his responsibility and question his implications and motives he tells he doesn’t owe anyone any explanations.

No Dharma and No Sangha

From: https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20151007054558/http://www.dharma-sangha.com/news/2015/04/09/no-dharma-and-no-sangha

by This website | Apr 09, 2015
There can be no Dharma, where women or men are detained. There can be no Dharma that is imposed by force, manipulation or lies.

No Dharma, no Sangha

No Dharma

Dharma is not the production of one to one and a half A4 paper length of Buddhist text per year in a fairly unclear Nepali translated by an American that contain enough times the words guru, maitri, compassion, peace and other keywords. It is not a few sessions of blessings per year. Speeches and so-called teachings, alone without any exchange or explanations, is just a mere make-up or thin paint to make it look like Buddhist, or look like Dharma. Add to this the various layers of incompetence, lack of any merit, switched off consciences of the inner circle of groupies, it breaks apart all the very letters of the word dharma, and throws the meaning of the word to a giant pit of futility.

There can be no Dharma, where women or men are detained. There can be no Dharma that is imposed by force, manipulation or lies. A puja which is unfolding while someone is chained, journalists are being attacked, is not a puja, it’s just a deceiving spectacle which hides a cruel and tragic flip side.

Pretending that it didn’t happen is not Dharma. Disregarding the suffering of those victims is not Dharma.

No Sangha

A Sangha is not the count of Facebook likes, or of followers on Social Media. A Sangha is not the recitation of Maitri Mangalam added on comments online. A Sangha is not about pretending the existence of branches all over the world with no one any where that has the capacity and merit to transmit a Dharmic teaching. A local Nepali Sangha is not the appointments of political or influential people at the head of local committees which are operated without any review or verification process.

Monks that receive no training, no education, no teaching, are just merely individuals wearing the clothing of monks. When monks are not real monks, and we have a Sangha that is not really a Sangha, a teacher that doesn’t really teach but rather keeps showing us what not to do, and where there is no Dharma, what do we have then? Let’s a cat a cat, it seems there is only ‘Facebook likes’, Followers of the virtual sphere of the Social Medias. Some call it just marketing, others might call it propaganda, some could even call it a business. Repeating the same sentences, and uttering more or less the same jargon doesn’t define any more this loose community as a Sangha.

What are the available definitions of a Sangha

On the website ‘Access to insight, the following definition is given:

In the suttas the word sangha (lit. “group, assembly”) is usually used in one of two ways: it refers either to the community of ordained monks and nuns (bhikkhu-sangha and bhikkhuni-sangha) or to the community of “noble ones” (ariya-sangha) — persons who have attained at least stream-entry, the first stage of Awakening. Link

The definition of ariya-sangha, according to the Mahanama Sutta:

“The Sangha of the Blessed One’s disciples who have practiced well… who have practiced straight-forwardly… who have practiced methodically… who have practiced masterfully — in other words, the four types [of noble disciples] when taken as pairs, the eight when taken as individual types — they are the Sangha of the Blessed One’s disciples: worthy of gifts, worthy of hospitality, worthy of offerings, worthy of respect, the incomparable field of merit for the world.” – AN 11.12

Conclusion

Can anyone among the inner circle of management claim to have attained any of those levels of practice? Has there ever been anyone taught by Mr Ramlal Bomjon who has achieved any level of Awakening that might be qualified to teach others in his turn? In the last nine years, a profusion of promises for the writing of a book, for teachings, for learning a mysterious Maitri language, for building a big Therthup Hall Temple, for Maitreya Statues, for saving the Halkhoriya forest, so many unfulfilled promises, which have not taught anything to anyone.

Stalled negotiations

From: https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20151007044811/http://www.dharma-sangha.com/news/2015/04/08/stalled-negotiations

by This website | Apr 08, 2015
The last exchange with the then president of BSDS, Kim who is no longer president of BSDS (according to that very email she sent), dates back to the 10th March 2015.

Stalled negotiations

The last exchange with the then president of BSDS, Kim who is no longer president of BSDS (according to that very email she sent), dates back to the 10th March 2015. In it, not a single word about the victims, not a word about the damage she and the organization has done to the victims and to all the devotees in general and to the very cause of compassion and kindness towards ALL sentient beings. Rather the same type of symptomatic denial, qualifying everything as ‘rumors’. And beyond that, a single focus on having this website closed. Why that? For continuing business as usual and for being able to continuously lie and abuse the devotees, who often with extremely modest standards of living, are financing with their donations the very organization that is betraying their hopes and aspirations?

It has to be clear that this website will be only closed AFTER steps are taken to repair the damage done to the victims. And of course after open transparent steps are taken!

Kim wanted me and Mrs Andrea Good to talk. I have never had any problems with talking to her, however Andrea Good locks herself up and refuses any dialogue. But it should be clear to everyone that what this website denounces, is not issues with just Mr X. or Mrs Y and Z. It is the systemic problems that are denounced, which are the root causes of all the scandals that have happened in the past, and may continue happening as long as there is no clear turn around from those practices of lying, deceiving, and cover ups. The individual involved may be replaced by others, and the problem will still be the same if the systemic causes are not addressed.

Big thanks for your support

We would like to thank all of you readers, devotees, former devotees, visitors, fellow brothers and sisters for your incredible courage and support. We thank also all those of you who expressed their disagreement with the way we denounce all those problems too. All your opinions count and should be respected. Remember that no one can tell you what to do, or impose on you anything that your own heart, conscience and will doesn’t agree with.

In this world where violence, crime, impunity reigns, morality, compassion and kindness stand as the greatest tool to provide for ourselves and every single living being the conditions to express our individual best full potential.

What to do next

This website will continue denouncing unethical conduct, all the way until an honourable resolution of the damage done to the victims has been reached. All the way until you visitors, readers, devotees, brothers and sisters are being treated with the respect and transparence you all deserve. More than any written word your visits, messages and interest shows your determination to reach a resolution.

You interest and support is the best proof of your care for those who have been hurt by the organization you supported. Even though the past cannot be erased, you can always manifest your compassion for each and every single soul that has been hurt, wounded or offended. It is the clearest possible demonstration that ethics are important, that the lawful compliance of Mr Ramlal Bomjon’s organization matters, and that each and every single living being matters.

Stay tuned for more.

Manipulative Judge, Jury and Executioner

From: https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20151018065309/http://www.dharma-sangha.com/news/2015/04/02/manipulative-judge-jury-and-executioner

by This website | Apr 02, 2015
From the earliest of times, Mrs Andrea Good, placed herself as the ultimate judge and jury and the executioner of punishments onto whomever is a threat to her ego or to her position.

Mrs Judge, Jury and Executioner

From the earliest of times, Mrs Andrea Good, placed herself as the ultimate judge and jury and the executioner of punishments onto whomever is a threat to her ego or to her position. Already back in April 2009, we were blessed by the presence of an American really truly knowledgeable in Buddhism in the Google Group of that time. At that time she was a hybrid between a christian integrist and a new-ager, lighting candles for every silly circumstance and already placing herself as the ultimate leader of the group. This american whose Buddhist name was Sonam was giving wonderfully detailed and pertinent explanations that challenged everyone’s thinking. Another guy, who couldn’t grasp what was explained, reacted like we can all react sometimes, tells Sonam: “You need to get the fuck off your high horse…”.

Mrs Judge and Jury, cannot stand Sonam, he knows so much more than she does, he is kind, patient, open-minded, intelligent, knowledgeable about Buddhism, all the things she hasn’t much to show for. Instead of trying to learn something for herself, and welcome this type of rich discussions, she writes a summon:

Alright, alright, it is time to step in here and give a couple of warnings.

1. We do not attack other group members: Sonam, your approach to Lyndon today and yesterday constitutes an attack.

2. We do not use bad language… Lyndon has never had cause to use such language before. And he hasn’t. I believe he was provoked to do so by you, Sonam.

So I am issuing a warning to you, Sonam. You will have one more chance. If I have to warn you another time, and you are out. I’m sorry that it has to come to this. We have not had to do this in over a year, but I will ban you if your behavior becomes detrimental to the groups well-being.”

Sonam’s message

“Just to let you know, LTJ has kicked me off the Google Group. I pity her for the division and misinformation she is creating. Please stay in touch.

Sonam ”

Authoritarian manipulative moderation

Mrs Andrea Good has always been hiding behind her ‘position’ over a Google Group she created herself, and placed herself as the de facto ultimate authority, year after year we received complaints about her, but no one ever took any steps to make her see her tremendously negative impact on the entire community and mostly onto herself. We are also not her parents and she has the right to decide what is good for herself… but not what is good for others… Everyone keeps forgiving her, but she forgives no one, particularly not someone that threatens her position!

LTJ dictatorSonam