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Hi all! I'm reaching out on here as I'm feeling lost, and a bit heartbroken, about my initial journey into Buddhism. For years I've had a mild interest in it, but only for the last few months I've been going to one evening class a week, and then a few lunchtime classes in the day, and always loved it and found it very helpful. I was even looking forward to starting a foundation course as I wanted to take a step further than the general repeated tips of the general public classes.
But, as I'm sue a lot of those reading this will have gathered, I'm talking about the NKT, and after just the simplest googling, I'm horrified at what I've seen. Not just who's right or wrong, but that there arre protests in the first place, international b*tching, the 'survivors', this leader is apparently a fraud and and it's all a cult? or is it the Dalai Lama? I'm so disillusioned.
I've never noticed anything close to this at my local centre, but now I can't get it out my mind. I value the teachings, I thought it was original and valued and renowned, not that I'd know either way.
But my biggest problem is, if all this is the case, what else is there? There's no other buddhist centres or anything like it anywhere near me that I'm aware of, I don't want to turn my back on the whole thing, it's been wonderful. I suppose I just want someone to say 'yeah there were some bad eggs but it's all good really, keep going it's just as nice as you always thought it was.' I feel so lost, can anyone understand what I'm saying?