Kum Nye’s path is gentler, quieter (than a tough ascetic approach.).
Its goal is to foster a cooperative spirit between the mind and body,
by introducing mind to the riches the body offers.
Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Kum Nye Dancing
October 10th is the day that Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche’s birthday is usually celebrated. This year he is having his 81st birthday.
Thank you for all that you have done to bring more peace, harmony, wisdom ,and knowledge into the world. It is truly amazing what you have accomplished in the 47 years you have been in the US, and even before that.
Your integrity in disseminating the teachings, and your efforts to discover how the Dharma can be appropriately shared here in the US are very much appreciated.
May the work that you have done laying the foundation be the rich soil in which the roots of an inspiring 21st Century Buddhism will flourish.
When we appreciate mind as the architect of our reality, the source of our greatest joys and our most profound sorrows, we perceive new possibilities for freeing the mind from problems and encouraging it to reflect more beauty and joy into our lives.
Meditation based on this understanding becomes a gentle form of self-healing that relaxes mind’s focus on thoughts and allows it to rest content in the center of our being.
It takes only a few minutes to focus body, mind, and senses by practicing Kum Nye, yoga, Tai Chi, or other kinds of slow, simple movement exercises. Even fifteen minutes to half an hour of sitting practice several times a day can relax body and mind, while memories, tensions, thoughts, and hidden blockages gradually melt away.
Mind becomes pristine and clear, more friendly and accommodating. Peaceful, loving feelings arise, uplifting the spirit and warming the heart. These feelings can be carried into daily life and recalled in difficult times, gentling emotional reactions and slowing the momentum of karma.Tarthang Tulku RinpocheTeachings from the Heart
…I just want to acknowledge what you said as true. As a long term member of the organization I was and am truly shamed with this situation. A classical denial reaction is not what I would expect from us, or from any Buddhist practitioner, not for that extended period of time anyhow. I am truly sorry for your pain
Mr Maitland has been practicing Kum Nye and the Dharma, by his own accounts, for nearly 40 years. You have to ask yourself how, after all of that practice, is it reasonable or possible that he is such a poor practitioner of the Dharma, including that he approaches students for sex, harasses students who do not give him sex or otherwise fail to meet his demands, and how is it he can do his job only adequately. The latest version of the Kum Nye book, published under Mr Maitland’s direction, contains at least one new error (see the last paragraph of the first page of chapter The Inner and Outer Massage of Feeling) that was not there in the previous versions. That is not the first time this has happened. He has published things about Kum Nye that do not reference Tarthang Tulku, the founder of Kum Nye (see the Kum Nye talks series). After being director of Dharma Publishing and an instructor of Kum Nye for so long, how is it possible that these basic mistakes still happen?
If you are currently a student of Arnaud Maitland or any students of Arnaud Maitland or continue to do retreats, workshops, or webinars with or practice e-KumNye written by Arnaud Maitland, and you subscribe to this blog, I would like to ask you to unsubscribe from this blog. If you currently do not practice Kum Nye at all, then you can ignore this request and continue to enjoy the quotes of Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. If you would like to read more about Mr Maitland and sexual harassment, read this blog post.
Mr Maitland’s way of teaching Kum Nye is not compatible with the intention and vision of this blog, and as such, it is inappropriate for you to be reading it.
If you have been a student in Mr Maitland’s lineage for a long time, you might ask yourself if you really have benefited from this participation. Are you realizing the promise of being as expressed by Tarthang Tulku in the books Kum Nye Relaxation, The Joy of Being, and Kum Nye Dancing? Do you find that your teacher, Mr Maitland, exhibits the qualities that are expressed by Tartang Tulku RInpoche in these books, after all of the time he has practiced and taught Kum Nye?
If you have been associated with Arnaud Maitland for any length of time, you are aware of his erratic behavior. If you feel that this behavior is appropriate given the things that he teaches and the views he espouses, then you should no longer be reading this blog. If you would like to read an example of some of Mr Maitland’s more egregious behavior, please read this blog post for a summary of how he interacted with me when I was a student and employee of his at Dharma Publishing. My experience was not the first time he has done this, and it is unlikely to be the last.
If Mr Maitland displays such a lack of moral and ethical behavior in this way, in what other ways might he be unethical? And more importantly, perhaps most importantly, how might his unethical behavior be affecting you, your practice, and your progress?
If you find any of this upsetting or difficult to read, please do not comment or write to me, please just unsubscribe from this blog.
Thank you very much.