Cutting Through the Cult
In his post of August 8, 2009, William Cassidy (who calls himself “Tulku Tenpa”) defames Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, her students, and the organization she founded, KPC. He creates a fictitious criminal record. (He should know what one looks like: he was just released from prison in Nevada in January 2009, after serving out his sentence for assault and arson.) That is the trouble with blogs: in a print publication, such a fabrication would be actionable.
Moreover, this charlatan has the audacity to call Jetsunma’s organization a “cult.” This from a person who claims no lineage, calls no one his Root Guru, and whose only claim on public attention is in cyberspace.
For the record: Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo was recognized by three Nyingma Lamas (His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Gyatrul Rinpoche, and Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche) in 1985 as the reincarnation of Genyenma Ahkon Lhamo. She was enthroned in 1988 in a public ceremony, with extensive video coverage. Numerous lamas of the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages have accepted her invitations to teach her students at KPC in Poolesville, MD. She has been recognized as well as the reincarnation of Lhacham Mandarava, Indian consort of Padmasambhava, by His Holiness Kusum Lingpa, with that recognition reconfirmed by His Holiness Nyawang Tenzin, then the Dorje Lopon, or chief religious official, of Bhutan.
It is our hope that those seeking guidance on the spiritual path of Buddhism will explore more deeply the qualities displayed by this false teacher. There are many legitimate Dharma Centers in the world where Vajrayana Buddhism is practiced according to Lineage, not the opinions of one man who claims to be enlightened but spends his time criticizing others.