Excerpts from The Heart of Zen
A lot of spiritual teachers don't seem to be able to keep their hands off their students. Sex scandals go back for as long as there have been spiritual teachers, and right into today.
Let's cut through the bullshit and talk about what's really going on.
You ever notice that long-time meditators can still be assholes? Meditation doesn't seem impact and transform jealousy, lust, anger, or arrogance -- if it did, there wouldn't be so much scandal that plagues most spiritual communities. So what good is meditation, then?
JunPo Roshi talks about his own journey from the monastery to the therapist's office, and back again.
Ask a self-proclaimed spiritual teacher what enlightenment is, and you'll likely get a bunch of doublespeak and nonsense. It's a good bet that many so-called teachers don't understand it themselves, so obfuscation and dodges can keep alive the mystery, and the projection, from student to teacher.
Here, Jun Po answers this question in simple, straightforward language.