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I was enjoying some talks by Sogyal Rinpoche, but was put off by his reputation - some of which was very off-putting.
Here's a snippet from one of his previous translators:
"He’s a charismatic communicator, but what shocked me immediately was the disconnect between his rhetoric and his character. He loves luxury, fashion and violent American films. Ecology and social issues do not interest him at all. He is not at all shy about singing his own praises — to excess and in front of everyone. He stays in luxury hotels, surrounded by the most expensive electronic gadgets. I struggled to accept this behaviour, because at the same time some people in Rigpa were very poor."
Is it wise to learn lojong from someone like that, which is what I was wanting to do?
I must confess it has shocked me how many dharma talks I've been to where the monk/nun has whipped out a top of the range iPad. I can understand the need for a tablet, but why have a £600 iPad when a £100 Android tab would have more than sufficed, and £500 could have gone to support worthy causes?
It would be just like staying in a five-star hotel rather than a more modest 2 or 3 star.
I want to look at this in a right-thinking sort of way, and so would be grateful if anyone can help me with this.