No Lineage, No Blessing
In his post [http://tibetanaltar.blogspot.com/2009/07/white-mahakala-part-4-of-5.html] on Friday, July 24, Cassidy claims to have translated a text for an empowerment given by Tulku Orgyen at a Dharma Center in Alhambra, California. We looked into this claim by contacting with Tulku Orgyen himself.
Tulku Orgyen indicated that he did give two empowerments at the center, a room next to a Dharma shop owned by students of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. These students had asked Tulku Orgyen to come. Tulku Orgyen indicated that he did not know anything about Cassidy translating the text for the empowerment.
The same students introduced Cassidy,who had dressed in robes, to Tulku Orgyen and asked Tulku if he could please increase Cassidy’s health by writing a long life prayer. The students said Cassidy was a tulku and very sick. Since Cassidy looked pretty sick, Tulku Orgyen obliged, and wrote a prayer for him. Tulku Orgyen said that he is very sad that Cassidy is distorting all this and causing trouble.
Unfortunately, presenting himself as sick and as “Tulku Tenpa” is a method Cassidy uses for personal gain. Years later, Cassidy asked Jetsunma Akhon Lhamo to write him a Long Life prayer several times, telling her that his prayer was not working. Each time, she declined. It is reported she has recently said, “This man comes to the Dharma as a begger. A carnival clown with a rap sheet. He comes to the noble feast of Dharma and can only think to steal the crumbs on the floor. He steals these bits and uses them as a way to extort money from honest practioners. He has gone from teacher to teacher, lineage to lineage to seek recognition.”
In the years that Cassidy has busied himself with blog posts, he has never once referred to a Root Guru. And yet he calls himself a “Vajrayana Tulku.” He validates his “Tulkuhood” saying that he has credentials from the Chinese, and yet the Chinese do not recognize the Tulku system. Perhaps the fact that he has not been recognized by any pure lineage and any pure Lama is the reason that he rants as he does.