Update by user Jun 02, 2017
I can say it is the truth that the Ipswich Buddhist Centre and Triratna, as well as Buddhasiha, have been invited to apologize to me. This apology was asked for:- An explicit and profound private apology in writing (now very long overdue) for the protracted abuse I suffered in the movement between 2006-2008 because I was into heterosexual romantic and sexual relationships (a matter that all human beings have the freedom to explore) and an apology for the subsequent abuse (bad references, bad mouthing, etc) because I left the movement to explore relationships and my emotional life in general.
(A lot of this stemmed from the distaste of the Ipswich Order about the fact that I was heterosexual and did not want to live in Ipswich long term, and in my opinion, the bad-mouthing was a punishment for leaving their cult) The apology would naturally show sincere regret for the harm caused to Free Spirit in those areas. Attached is the proof that Buddhasiha of the Ipswich Buddhist Centre bad mouthed me (one of the things the apology is to deal with). He implied I was involved in an episode and behaved indecently (for standing up to an abusive company involved in cheating and abusing people) He also violated a confidentiality agreement as it was agreed he (or the company Windhorse) would not make any adverse ststements about me. Proof Buddhasiha is at the Ipswich Buddhist Centre can be found on their website.
The IBC was not interested in correcting their mistake or retracting their claims (which would have involved a simple 10 minute trip to a notary office), which indicates they did lie about me and thus the adverse criticism should stand, because of the potential harm to others. Anyone attending the IBC, may at first enjoy the meditations, but there is always a danger in the background that if you try and leave the Centre, it becomes cult-like, and that is when the abuse starts. The meditation in itself is sound, but getting more involved with the Centre or working for the movement is risky to one’s wellbeing. Some of the people in the movement are not honest and are of questionable integrity, something which stems from the sexual abuse issues in the 60’s which still plague the movement today.
The Ipswich Buddhist Centre have been informed of the outstanding complaints and have been given an opportunity to formally apologize. The monetary loss caused by this matter in terms of time, trouble, admin and of course spiritual lessons in why interfering with people's relationships / heterosexual discrimination is wrong is around GBP 15,000 (a conservative estimate).
Original review posted by user May 30, 2017
Cult behaviour, control, various abuses of nationwide Triratna movement reported in UK press, risk of abuse, caution advised. Caution is advised with this Buddhist cult who have branches all over the UK and the world.
The movement has featured in the UK press after their leader Sangharakshita formally apologized and confessed to past abuses. Sangharakshita has confirmed that his apology extends to anyone he has harmed in any way at all, including those who were Buddhists at the time if not now, and their non-Buddhist family and friends. He further wishes to make it clear that his statement was a confession. As the acknowledgment of having breached the Buddhist ethical precepts, Buddhist confession can most fully be made to other Buddhists.
His statement was therefore addressed to Buddhists, whether within or without Triratna, for the reason that the confession of evil is part of the spiritual context which he shares with other Buddhists. I am still awaiting an apology from the Ipswich Buddhist Centre. I was involved with them for 4 years. I left to pursue my own path, including heterosexual romantic relationships, which they disapproved of.
All attempts in the past to get an apology has led nowhere, and they bad mouthed me in 2015, implying I was an attention seeker and being involved in an 'episode', in a bad faith attempt to portray me as the one in the wrong. I saw a lot of hypocrisy in the movement. Those with high paying jobs who donated large sums to the centres and who confessed to not having a meditation practice were mysteriously fasttracked to Ordination. Those who questioned the Order were sometimes subjected to ridicule, emotional abuse and severe restrictions were placed on their freedom.
In my opinion and experience the FWBO was an abusive movement within which I experienced deriding treatment, chastisement, disrespect and severe emotional abuse. It was only after I had fully left the movement and detoxed from that toxic control energy several years later was I able to recognize that it was unhealthy abuse.
Recent events have shown the movement is starting to apologize and take responsibility. I also want my apology.
Reason of review: Bad mouthing, abuse issues, lack of apology.
Preferred solution: Proper formal apologies and reparations.
I didn't like: Lack of self-responsibility, Lack of apology, Bad mouthing, Disrespect of spiritual masters, Cult behaviour.