Apparently someone in the US judicial system is awake and paying attention. A judge in the state of Arizona has once again issued a workplace injunction order against William Cassidy, enforcing the law that he can not come into contact with Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, Spiritual Teacher and Director for Kunzang Palyul Choling in Poolesville, MD. (www.tara.org)
Further, Cassidy, by enforcement of this order cannot come into contact with any members of KPC without violating the injunction issued by Judge Little in Payson, Arizona. Although the order was issued in the state of Arizona, it is enforceable by law enforcement across the US.
It’s good to know that at least there can be some protection for Jetsunma and her community from the stalker. We rejoice in this victory.
What next? As if the daily harassment and barrage of lies from the stalkers is not enough, it would seem that “they” have escalated, which unfortunately is the progression of a stalker. Stalkers will “up the anty” until they perpetrate physically. They suffer from an obsessive compulsive disorder, making them physically and mentally incapable of stopping the behavior. It’s an unfortunate karmic consequence, and offers a good teaching on cause and effect.
Investigators for the blog were contacted and informed that apparently a very low flying helicopter has been making specific traffic patterns at Kunzang Palyul Choling (KPC), the spiritual community and Temple founded and directed by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo (www.tara.org). Further, not only was KPC visited, but on the same day, the same aircraft was seen at Jetsunma’s home that is currently being prepared for the real estate market.
At both locations, a helicopter, flying at extremely low altitudes was seen circling in a manner that would seem as if “they” were looking for something specific, or perhaps just gathering information. Which, all “they” had to do was watch Jetsunma’s twitter stream or the KPC website, and “they” would see that Jetsunma and her community continue to offer a place of spiritual refuge, having just celebrated 27 years of the 24/7 prayer vigil, and offering many ways to participate in compassionate activities.
Instead, “they” decided to pay for a hired gun (or horse!…?) to do “rounds” at both the Temple and Jetsunma’s home. What are “they” looking for? Perhaps “they” are interested in knowing about the current renovations of the Temple which has been in existence for almost 30 years, maintaining daily Buddhist practices, one of the nation’s largest crystal collections, and the seat for Kyabjé Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche in the United States.
Investigators report that local authorities have been contacted, and this could prove vital in the future. It begs the question, why a helicopter? For those who may not know, helicopters have different regulations to follow than single and twin engine airplanes. Chopper pilots have a lot more leeway when it comes to airspace, and far more difficult to track. However, “they” may not be as smart as “they” think.
We offer prayers that Jetsunma and her sangha remain safe from harm’s way, and that the stalkers can find the true path of compassion, offering to make the world a better place, and realizing that the harassment and lies serve no one.
A while back we received a comment that indicated that the only way to attain enlightenment is to be reborn as a male. We wanted to repost our investigation on the issue.
Buddhism for the most part is male dominated, and yes, even chauvinism lives within the ranks of the religion, hence the comment to the blog. There are some Buddhists who say that the only way to attain enlightenment is to be reborn as a male, and in the Vinaya, the monastic code of conduct, women have more vows than men…yes, that is all true. It is also true that Buddhist leaders in Asian countries are almost always men.
Let’s look at the history of Vajrayana Buddhism, where women have always played key roles. The Indian tantric master who introduced Vajrayana into Tibet, Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), had many consorts. Among these were two who played pivotal roles in his teachings. One was the Princess Mandarava of Zahor in India who chose the Dharma over wealth and power that was hers for the taking if she had so chosen. Padmasambhava came to Zahor specifically to teach her and make her his consort. The other principal consort of Padmasambhava was Yeshe Tsogyal, a highly realized Tibetan yogini. Originally one of King Trisong Deutsen’s queens, she later became Padmasambhava’s spiritual consort. Thus two of the foundational figures of Vajrayana Buddhism were highly accomplished women. You can find out more about these two consorts in particular as well as some history of great yoginis by referring to our post, Women in Vajrayana Buddhism http://protectingnyingma2.wordpress.com/?s=women+in+buddhism
There has been controversy over the years that while women can attain enlightenment, there are no female Buddhas. Many great female writers and “activist” along with being Buddhist have written about the early female Buddhists (http://www.wisdom-books.com/ProductExtract.asp?PID=10924).
In the tantric iconography of the Vajrayana practice path of Buddhism, female Buddhas do appear. Sometimes they appear as consorts but many have appeared as the central figures of tantric sadhana in their own right. (Shaw, Miranda (1994). Passionate Enlightenment:Women in Tantric Buddhism. New Jersey: Princeton University Press).
For the ordinary practitioner, the role of women in Vajrayana Buddhism is equivalent to that of men. While it is true that in Tibet monastic institutions were nearly always headed by men, female practitioners were greatly respected and revered. In 1985, a western woman named Alyce Zeoli was identified by the 11th throneholder of the Palyul Lineage (Nyingma school of Buddhism) His Holiness Penor Rinpoche that Alyce Zeoli is indeed the reincarnation of Genyenma Ahkon Lhamo, the sister of Rigdzin Kunzang Sherab, the First Throneholder of the Palyul lineage. Alyce Zeoli was given the name Ahkon Norbu Lhamo with the honorific title of Jetsunma.
The first Ahkon Lhamo spent most of her life in meditation in a cave far above the monastery and was regarded as a female emanation of enlightened mind. She was widely considered to be a living saint during her lifetime, and so many nuns came to hear her teachings and practice with her that the hills around the cave in which she lived in retreat became known as the “Red Hills”, a name which persists even today. Upon her death, she left a miraculous relic that became one of the most cherished at Palyul. That relic can be seen today at Kunzang Palyul Choling in Poolesville, MD.
You can learn more about Jetsunma at http://www.tara.org/jetsunma-ahkon-lhamo/biography/, who continues to teach the world about the great Bodhichitta using the modern times of technology:
Women are considered to be superior practitioners to men as they are said to have a greater capacity for wisdom. In the Vajrayana view, the female is symbolic of wisdom, while the male is symbolic of compassion, which is somewhat opposite of the way the sexes are viewed in the West. The union of the male and female principles, compassion and wisdom, is known as bodhicitta and is enlightenment itself.
It is clear that women play a vital role in the practice of Vajrayana Buddhism and are essential to the attainment of the ultimate goal, enlightenment. Without them, there would be no Diamond Vehicle.
“When there is a talk about women and Buddhism, I have noticed that people often regard the topic as something new and different. They believe that women in Buddhism has become an important topic because we live in modern times and so many women are practicing the Dharma now. However, this is not the case. The female sangha has been here for centuries. We are not bringing something new into a twenty-five hundred-year-old tradition. The roots are there, and we are simply re-energizing them.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_Buddhism).
The various schools and traditions within Buddhism hold different views as to the possibilities of women’s spiritual attainments. Feminist scholars have also noted than even when a woman’s potential for spiritual attainment is acknowledged, records of such achievements may not be kept – or may be obscured by gender-neutral language or mis-translation of original sources by Western scholars. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_Buddhism).
Khandro Tsering Chödrön , who passed away just this year (May, 2011) was the spiritual wife of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, and was universally acknowledged as one of the foremost female practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism of recent times and was considered to be an emanation of Shelkar Dorje Tso, another consort of Guru Rinpoche. (http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Khandro_Tsering_Ch%C3%B6dr%C3%B6n)
Simply google Female Buddhist Masters, and get prepared to be bombarded by the literature and commentary on the presence and significance of women in Buddhism, and the great female Buddhist masters, who have accomplished, and are qualified to teach. Perhaps this is a difficult pill to swallow for the insecure, but we submit that your position on the matter needs revisiting, and we are honored to offer the truth about women in Buddhism, enthusiastically acknowledging that female Buddhas, thank goodness, do appear in the world.
If you’re still confused, perhaps this video will help your study: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6CcwD1ryZ0&noredirect=1
And, for the reader who wrote to us on the subject, perhaps you can share your sources that contradicts this information…in the sutras, page and verse.
Investigators at Protecting Nyingma have long known about the relationship between Andrew Wilson and William Cassidy. In truth, it’s not rocket science given that much of 2010 and 2011 Wilson joined the onslaught of defamation, harassment and threats against Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, to the point that the FBI obtained a search warrant from a federal judge to raid his house (as well as Cassidy’s) in February 2011. Wilson continued however while Cassidy sat in a federal prison.
And now that close confident, secretary and student to His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Lobsang Chopel has passed (due to suspicious circumstances so we are told), Wilson and Cassidy feel even more free to say and do what they want, even if it isn’t true and damages the teachings of the Buddha. Given the established relationship between Cassidy and Palyul Lama, Ogyen Tulku, one can only imagine the glee Cassidy must feel from this suspicious death of Lobsang Chopel. He probably feels he still has a back door open to him into the Palyul Lineage.
Lobsang was the sole keeper of many important messages within the Palyul Lineage, and outspoken about his support of Jetsunma, and her organization. It is a tragic loss, and shame that his death is ridden with such suspicious circumstances.
Anyone who follows the blog, Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar knows how William Cassidy feels about rabbits, and today’s tweet from Wilson advocating and supporting William Cassidy’s blog “Let’s Talk About Rabbits” only supports our theory of their long love affair for one another.
Sent: Mar 13, 2012 1:02p
RT @yesherabbit: RT @MuJuShinKyo: http://t.co/23PhowgV — to have a free range rabbit living side by side with you is an unparalleled experience of joy.
sent via HootSuite
Sent: Mar 13, 2012 12:35p
“Let’s Talk About Rabbits,” courtesy of the always interesting Tenpa Rinpoche http://t.co/c8GO6Adu
sent via web
Why Wilson and Cassidy both hate Jetsunma remains a mystery, unless you understand the many accomplishments by Jetsunma, which can be found by simply visiting www.tara.org and one can see and understand how con-men, stalkers, and felons may feel so emasculated.
A day doesn’t go by where Wilson is not sitting at a computer for hours attacking Jetsunma, who moves forward with her life (which must make him even crazier than thought to be), reaching thousands on Twitter and through her personal blog, http://www.tibetanbuddhistaltar.org/ all of which speak to compassion, causes of suffering, and the teachings of the Buddha. How is it that someone like Wilson has the time to spend countless hours attacking Jetsunma online? The experts will tell you that stalkers ultimately end up losing their jobs, spouses, homes, friends and family because they become so infatuated with the victim they can’t do anything beyond obsessing over their target, in this case, Jetsunma. Those same experts will tell you that the stalker will put considerable research into their victims; all the while fantasizing they have some type of romantic relationship with their victim. This was definitely the case with William Cassidy; he actually believed he and Jetsunma had a relationship when in fact…they never did.
We wonder how Andrew Wilson’s girlfriend, Gina, must feel about the level of attention that Wilson gives to Jetsunma…and Cassidy for that matter. We can only speculate she must feel completely abandoned by him at this point. Experts, such as Gavin DeBecker, have spoken and written books concerning the behavior of “the stalker” and how law enforcement has their hands tied in many ways. The American Judicial system simply has not caught up with this type of criminal behavior. A federal judge ruled in favor of William Cassidy regardless that he sent Jetsunma over 8,000 defaming, harassing, and threatening tweets in a short time period. The US Attorney can still seek re-indictment on the case.
What has to happen before something is done? Experts say that unfortunately something “bad” does happen before law enforcement can act upon the stalker’s behavior. Does that mean Jetsunma lives in fear until her life is threatened at gunpoint before a law enforcement official feels he or she can do something about these men?
It’s obvious that Andrew Wilson and William Cassidy are the toxic twins, or “in bed together” as some might say. But why? What’s in it for Andrew Wilson? Fame, notoriety, a break from boredom, what? Unfortunately, stalkers don’t quit until either they find a new target, or they reach that breaking point, and something “bad” does happen. De Becker explains in his books (you can find them on amazon.com) how most victims have to change their name, move away, start a different livelihood. These are not really options for a recognized and enthroned Tulku, such as Jetsunma, who brings benefit to thousands in spite of the daily onslaught from Wilson, and the behind the scene antics from William Cassidy, who has not been quite as bold online since his yearlong detainment with US Marshals. Now, he works behind the scenes and let’s Wilson do his “dirty work.”