This is an account of someone who was involved for two years, but eventually felt they had to leave.
This is a personal account from a woman ex-order member in Triratna, including her observations on how institutionalised views about women, families and parenthood interacted with coercion about life choices; something that she both witnessed and experienced firsthand in the group as part of ordination training courses.
In a cult, the ability to decide if and when to have a child — perhaps the most basic decision in a woman’s life — is taken over…
This is one reason why, though women and men both suffer in the iron grip of charismatic and authoritarian cult leaders, women followers face a unique set of life-altering issues
This is an account that was written in a private 'in-house' Triratna forum in 2017 by an Order member recounting sexual abuse by his teacher, Sangharakshita.
The author's name has been omitted to respect his privacy and because the author was not consulted about making this story public. However, I believe that it is in the public interest to hear this story. This personal testimony offers a very clear, straightforward personal account of Sangharakshita’s predatory sexual behaviour; a pattern that this Buddhist teacher repeated with numerous other young male disciples over a period of at least three decades. It also offers a striking account of how Sangharakshita responded without understanding, remorse or compassion when this young man explained the lasting harmful and confusing effects that his behaviour had had on him. By numerous accounts this was consistent with Sangharakshita's typical attitude or response to all those whom he had sexually abused.
In this post Mark Dunlop replies to criticism of why he has not been able to "move on" from the traumatic experience he underwent while living with and being sexually manipulated by Sangharakshita in his early 20s. It is clear in Mark's account that it is not only the betrayal of his spiritual aspirations by Sangharakshita that has proven difficult to come to terms with, but also the betrayal by those in Triratna who were supposed to be his friends but who consistently disregarded, downplayed or denied his experience, that has proven so damaging.
An account of a much younger man's sexual relationship with Sangharakshita.
An account of Sangharakshita's response to being refused sexually.
Mark Dunlop's involvement with the FWBO
An account of how Sangharakshita characterised the nature of his own sexuality and the sexual relationship with a disciple.
Advice to Triratna