Have You No Shame?
Bill Cassidy (aka Tulku Tenpa, etc.) has now reached the acme of arrogance. He had the audacity to criticize Orgyen Dorje Den, Ven. Gyaltrul Rinpoche’s center in Alameda, California, for the way they handled the plans for Ven. Yangthang Tulku’s visit to confer the Rinchen Terdzod this November, which has been postponed. But then humility has never been one of Cassidy’s strong points.
The Rinchen Terdzod is a compendium of termas (hidden treasure teachings) compiled by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (the Great) in the last three decades of the nineteenth century with the assistance of his teacher, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. It is the very heart of the Nyingma tradition and a living transmission of the Vajrayana path from beginning to completion, the fruit of 11 centuries of sublime teachers and tertöns (treasure revealers). It takes some four months to confer these precious empowerments, quite a strenuous feat for Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche, who is in his 80s, and a mark of the depth of his compassion. The Rinchen Terdzod has only been offered once before in the United States, in Maryland at Kunzang Palyul Chöling by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in 1988 at the behest of Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo. That is how rare it is.
Ven. Yangthang Tulku is a precious living Buddha, a treasure in his own right, who spent 22 years in a Chinese jail where he was subjected to torture, all for the “crime” of being a Buddhist. In return he helped his fellow prisoners by offering them succor and guidance and performing the ritual of Phowa for those who died at the hands of the Chinese in order to guide their consciousness to the Pure Lands. Towards his captors he expressed only compassion and even became a spiritual advisor to some of his guards. Since his release he has continued to teach wherever he is needed, including several trips to the United States.
Ven. Gyaltrul Rinpoche is also a living treasure. He was asked by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche to come to America to teach the Dharma back in the 1970s, and in 1980 he started Tashi Chöling in Oregon. He has dedicated his life to teaching the Dharma in a new land and is much revered by his students.
So who is Bill Cassidy to criticize these precious masters, which is what he is really doing? He’s a convicted felon and con man who pretends to be a tulku or Zen master or whatever his whim is at the moment. He knows nothing of the Dharma and uses it solely as a means of bilking unsuspecting Buddhists (who tend to be a trusting lot and thus easy marks) out of their hard earned cash. This is who has the utter gall to criticize real masters and to look down his (long) nose at them. He’s a NOBODY who has nothing to offer the world but poison. This is proof that he will stop at nothing to try to pull down the Dharma in the West and inject his poison into the minds of anyone unfortunate enough to encounter him.
The bestowal of the Rinchen Terdzod at Orgyen Dorje Den was intended to offer this powerful blessing to those who live on the West Coast of the United States. It is unfortunate that the event had to be postponed, and we pray that it will yet happen. Let us also pray that the toxic activities of gnawing rats like Bill Cassidy will never harm the activities of our precious teachers.