the less savory aspects of spiritual persuasion
Is there an spiritual endeavor without its worm holes, without its less savory aspects? I doubt it. But what I find more interesting than any imagined "hypocrisy" or "harm" is how institutions or individuals choose to address those unsavory and seemingly inescapable aspects. Some people find denial the best course. Some resort to psychology. Other sing their hymns at a greater volume. Some find other means of tending their own fields.
In Zen Buddhism, as one bright example, there is the case of Eido Shimano, a teacher whose lies and manipulations are documented in the Shimano Archive.
The on-going sexual abuses in the Roman Catholic Church are endlessly documented in Abuse Tracker
. And there are plenty of other examples from other spiritual persuasions.
I guess what got me thinking about this was a small article
I wrote for the local paper. Although it concerns Vatican abuses that are revolting, still the fragilities and failures of any formatted spiritual endeavor -- whether organizational or individual -- interest me.
Not sure that there's a question in all this. Just thought I'd run it up the flag pole.