Digital Tibetan Altar and Tulku Ogyen’s blog, ogyentulku.blogspot.com/, both operated by William Cassidy a.k.a tenparinpoche, in identical blog posts announce the visit this weekend of Tulku Ogyen to Palyul Changchub Dargyeling and refer to the center as the “officially sanctioned Palyul Center” of DC. We do not disagree that PCDC is a Palyul center. We do think Cassidy wishes to imply that it is the only “officially” sanctioned center in DC, and that is not true. This was a not so subtle dig on the part of Cassidy at Kunzang Palyul Choling, located in the DC area for the last 20+ years.
On his recent visit to DC in late 2009, His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche stayed and taught at Kunzang Palyul Odsal Changchub Choling (KPC) and at no other centers in the area because KPC is Palyul’s first and foremost seat in Palyul west. It houses His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s throne. It is where His Holiness Penor Rinpoche gave the entire Rinchen Terzod and Namcho cycles of empowerments. It is also the location of Palyul’s western Ordained community. Mr. Cassidy would like to sweep these facts under the rug, but we’d like to set the record straight.
As a public service announcement, it has been confirmed with Tulku Ogyen that William Cassidy a.k.a. Tenpa Rinpoche (@tenparinpoche) is operating Tulku Ogyen’s blog, http://www.ogyentulku.blogspot.com/; Tulku Ogyen’s twitter account @TulkuOgyen; and the Palyul twitter account, @palyul. This is not likely to change in the near future. Readers of Tulku Ogyen’s blog and Twitter account should be aware that the opinions expressed therein are those of William Cassidy. However, it would appear that Tulku Ogyen is aware of this misrepresentation of himself, and allowing it to happen. Tulku described his relationship with William Cassidy as personal, and although he has been notified in person as well as through official channels, regarding the character of Cassidy, a known felon and con artist, he continues to associate with him.
While the reader may believe they are interfacing with Tulku Ogyen on these sites, they are in fact interfacing with Cassidy. Therefore for those who are visiting Tulku’s site looking for spiritual advice and guidance, please be aware you are not receiving information from a recognized and credentialed Tulku, rather interfacing with a person who has Chinese government/ money and mafia connections as well as a long criminal history. It begs the question as to Tulku’s involvement; which seems fundamentally dishonest and unethical if he is in fact engaged in activities with William Cassidy. The reader should be aware that whatever private information they may share over these various Internet communications, Cassidy will use to his advantage illegally.
Lastly, tweets from the Palyul Twitter account do not represent the official views and opinions of Palyul, but of William Cassidy, known felon and con artist. For more information, see this blog posthttp://storyofnydiaalexandra.wordpress.com/2010/02/21/will-the-real-crystalsally-please-stand-up/
I read Cassidy’s post, “Masks for the Retinue,” and the first 3/4 of it made sense to me. Knowing of Cassidy’s abysmal character, it was surprising to read his acknowledgement that he is in the twilight of his life, reflecting on what a wreck and waste his life had been. Finally regretful of the energy he’d spent in lies and chasing after pleasures instead of soaking in the nourishment and blessing of the Dharma and the pure masters he had the good fortune to encounter. He confesses that he didn’t take advantage of his brief encounter with that purity. This is a difficult but poignant realization that we all need to make constantly on the path. This part makes sense to me.
But then he goes all pathless path and I lose him. And he sadly loses the point too. No doubt he’d correct me by saying that’s the point. I think that kind of dialectic is an equal waste of time. Too bad. He had a glimpse of the truth about the preciousness of his human rebirth but no resolve to use what little time he has left to make any effort to progress along his spiritual path. Instead, he floats off distracted by abstraction again. The pathless path is only revealed after one sincerely plods along the path, using an exacting method with discipline, and ultimate accomplishment. From Dakini Teachings: Padmasambhava’s Oral Instructions to Lady Tsogyal, Master Padmasambhava said, “Whether you meditate on emptiness or anything else, it is mistaken meditation practice unless it becomes an effective remedy against disturbing emotions and ordinariness. Something that does not counteract the disturbing emotions and ordinariness is cause for falling into samsaric existence.”
There is no accomplishment without hard work. There is no “magic.” The path requires the constant acknowledgement and rooting out of one’s poisons, along with the development of sincere compassion, and complete reliance on one’s Guru. According to Master Padmasambhava, “No matter how much you may be acclaimed as learned in study, exposition, and meditation, if your intention is only the eight worldly concerns, your activity is called black Dharma practice.”
Will Mr. Cassidy finally rely on His Guru, and sincerely do the work it takes to attain liberation? Only he can answer that. Until then, he is pathless.