For those who may wonder if the arrest really occurred here is a glance at a public record. It is freely available for viewing from this website:
A Buddhist temple recently received an unexpected visit from the fire marshal as the result of an online complaint. The following complaint was submitted by Marshall Duncan, an alias of William Cassidy:
“There are literally hundreds of open flames in the building, candles, oil lamps and so forth. Meanwhile, dozens of people are sleeping upstairs, and the ingress and egress points are narrow. I directly asked somebody there how the Fire Marshal felt aboI ut all of this, and was told, “We’re lucky they never go upstairs when there is an inspection.” There are zip cords and cheap heaters all over the place. This is a DISASTER waiting to happen! Somebody needs to go out there and bring that place into full compliance before there is a terrible tragedy.”
Based on this inaccurate information, the fire marshal brought along two police officers to inspect the premises. What they found when they arrived were Buddhists praying and candles offered on the altars which is of course a traditional offering. Once the fire marshal saw the temple, he sent the cops home. He described what needed to be done for the building to be in compliance. The Buddhist temple is following his suggestions and working with the fire marshal to bring the building into compliance.
We have received some material from contacts at Kunzang Palyul Choling which indicate Cassidy is not only propagating slander and liable on his various blogs, but has also posted what members of their community are concerned may be “veiled threats.”
They have reported that he is using his radiofreepalyul blog to communicate messages to their teacher. His pattern now, after they have taken action with both blogger and wordpress to have liablelous material removed, is to post a message for a day or two and then take it down.
Below is a screenshot sent of a post he did the day after the funeral of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, one of the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism in modern times. His complete focus was not on the religious event, but on the absence of Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo.
For all those who may be tempted to follow Cassidy’s “Digital Tibetan Altar” blog on blogspot, and who may be persuaded by his presentation as an authority on Dharma, please be aware he is also the author of the above material and much more defamatory content on his other blogs. Sources have confirmed this as he continues to post private material he took without authorization from their Sedona Center.
KPC has asked that we share this information with the public in order that others may not fall prey to Cassidy’s cunning deceptions. We wish also to point out we have not shared anything in this post that he did not himself publish on his own blog.
William L Cassidy is out of prison without supervision and therefore capable of offending again. Here is some information that you should know. As it is stated on this blog, he operates under a number of aliases: Tulku Urgyen Tenpa Rinpoche, Susan R. Nevis, Trinh, Marshall Duncan. There likely are more. In fact he is William L. Cassidy.
He has several blogs:
* Digital Tibetan Altar (tibetanaltar.blogspot.com) where he blogs as Tenpa as is author of most of the comments.
* Tulku Urgyen Tenpa Rinpoche (tulkuurgyantenparinpoche.blogspot.com) where he blogs as Tenpa and is the author of most of the comments.
* Radio Free Palyul (radiofreepalyul.blogspot.com) where he blogs as Marshall Duncan.
His blog posts range from seemingly innocuous to crude and disgusting, such as his insensitive treatment of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s recent passing. Palyul is the lineage that His Holiness held and Cassidy has nothing but contempt for His Holiness, revered by many as a living Buddha, and the Palyul lineage, the oldest sect of the Nyingma school of Buddhism.
Vajrayana students know that lineage protects the Dharma. This person who claims to be a recognized Tulku is a fake. The Nyingma masters have not and do not recognize him, and do not authenticate his claim.
On http://www.nyingmapa.us, a website that ceased to exist after Cassidy’s arrest in March 2008, Cassidy offered sadhanas for free that originated from the Dudjom lineage with his “edits”. One wonders why a so-called Tulku would need to edit and change a sadhana given by a pure master such as His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche.
Please use discretion when encountering this person on the web or in person. He is not who he says he is. In reality, his intention is to turn people away from the Dharma. That is his end game.
Anyone who turns the mind of a sentient being away from the profound blessings of a living Buddha, like His Holiness Penor Rinpoche is either insane, stupendously ignorant or demonic.
This has gone too far. The sangha should pick up pen and paper and write about His Holiness. His Holiness is peerless; nobody has done what he has done. The extent of his Dharma activity is unmatched anywhere in the world; the loving care which he has provided for his students is unmatched, and the sublime purity with which he has kept his three levels of vows; outer, inner and secret cannot be denied.
Christianity says, and I would like to borrow the phrase, “…by their fruits you will know them.”
Those who would put him down are dealers of hate. They speak hate, they breathe hate, and the vile pus of their hatred is their nectar.
At the time of their death they will see what they have done.
–Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
Received word today that Cassidy’s parole was denied until his sentence expires in February 2009.
Will update as more details are received.
Here is the booking information from Cassidy’s arrest yesterday:
You can follow this link to the website to view it for yourself but he will only be listed for 72 hours, so after 3-16-08 you will no longer be able to access the online file. We have a PDF copy we made in case you wish to confirm this is for real:
Guru Rinpoche says that in these degenerate times demonic forces (demons, negative spirits, and harmful entities) are intentionally manifesting, sending forth deceptive emanations of themselves in the form of spiritual teachers, appearing as great scholars and realized ones, honorable and disciplined on the outside yet actually harmful entities on the inside. They are intentionally trying to lead sentient beings into lower realms.
Guru Rinpoche also said that during these degenerate times there are many demons and spirits who will say they are deities when they are not. Specifically, there are nine types that will come into human realms to lead beings astray on the spiritual path in these times. These negative spirits will manifest deceptive displays, making it appear that they have reached the first, second and third bhumis when in fact they haven’t. They will display magical signs to cause you to believe they have. They will even appear as bodhisattvas when they are not. They will manifest different signs and miraculous displays, through body, speech, and mind, so inconceivable that they will take your mind away. Seeing these deceptive displays of power, beings with weak merit and karma will experience the arising of faith in their minds and will focus all their devotion on these negative beings.
-Great Perfection Buddha in the Palm of the Hand, Commentary by Gyaltul Rinpoche, Yeshe Melong Publications