Can adults be victims of religious organisations?
Buddhist teachings specifically forbid sexual misconduct. In Triratna, Lingwood did not deny that he was having sexual relations with young men, but he also justified what he was doing by saying that it was a temporary “experimentation” with different forms of communication. However, the abuse went on for many years and during this time, Lingwood would wear the traditional orange robes of a celibate monk.
Inside Out East BBC programme about Triratna
Jo Taylor examines whether Triratna's mistakes from the past have been addressed properly, interviewing former members of the FWBO/Triratna
2017 Guardian Article on Abuse in Triratna
One of the UK’s largest Buddhist orders has been forced to report allegations of sexual abuse after a former follower claimed he was coerced into sex with one of its elders.
2019 Guardian Article on Abuse in Triratna
Lingwood encouraged heterosexual followers to experiment with homosexuality as a means of expanding their minds; he was deeply critical of the nuclear family and of mixed-sex communities in general; he encouraged young men to break away from their families.
Text of 1997 Guardian article highlighting abuse issues in the FWBO
As with many new religious movements, their enthusiasm and unconventional convictions have the potential to lead to problems associated with 'cults'.