Across the Border – Sexual Abuse in the Buddhist World

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Sexual abuse within the Buddhist world: yes, that happens, unfortunately we know all too well. In recent years, several scandals have come to the fore involving Buddhist teachers both at home and abroad. In this episode, Joost and Eveline look at this worrying phenomenon.

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Catherine H
Catherine H
3 years ago

First of all, thank you for your podcast about abuse and your candor about it. What I miss in all the stories about this is the possibility to deal with 'lust' through meditation. In other words, to learn to see that the emerging lust is a projection. By projecting the feelings of lust onto another person, you get away from the pain of not being complete. Is this the right way of thinking? I'm curious what you think about this. Sincerely, Catherine

Joost van den Heuvel Rijnders
Joost van den Heuvel Rijnders
3 years ago
Respond  Catherine H

Thanks for your response Catherine. You have a point, we didn't pay attention to that in this podcast. We approached this theme from a complex number of factors that play a role in abuse. The dynamics surrounding a teacher can be complex and awareness of this is important so that they can be handled skillfully. From the practice of mindfulness we learn to be acknowledging awareness of feelings, including those of lust.

Joost van den Heuvel Rijnders
Joost van den Heuvel Rijnders
3 years ago

Saw the book yesterday: Full of longing. The Spiritual Power of Desire, Passion, and Intimacy," Mark Epstein.

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