How do I know who to trust in my practice?

September 30, 2019   |   1 Comment  |   FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites

The meditation begins at 11:02
Audio only version is here.

Hello, dear meditator.

I hope you are well and enjoying this season of transition. I’m glad to be back home after a very busy summer of traveling. I’m fixing to be home for a solid month! That makes me happy. I hope you are feeling happy, too.

In this week’s video, I make an effort to address questions many of us (including myself) share: How do I know who to trust in the world of spirituality? And if I find out that a teacher is untrustworthy, does that invalidate their teaching?

These are very important questions and I encourage you to hold them, contemplate them, and trust your own wisdom and discernment to discover the answers that make sense to you as our world continues to be rocked by allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct in some spiritual communities (and, frankly, everywhere), including my own.

TRIGGER WARNING: Though I don’t describe any incidences of abuse in this video, if you are a victim and prefer not to listen, please don’t. Take good care of yourself and know that your community supports you and sends love.

With love, Susan

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1 Comment

  • Posted by:  Sandra Pawula


    Thanks for having the courage to address this and for being honest about the abuse in Shambhala.
    I know many people have been asking this question.

    It’s a question I’ve wondered about often as a former student for Sogyal Rinpoche. What now? Who can I trust? Do I need a teacher? Can I trust the teaching?. And honestly, I’m not sure I can trust the Vajrayana teachings again. But I can’t deny that I find truth and resonance in so many of the Buddhist teachings. I don’t know if I will ever trust a teacher again, but I follow my instincts and listen to teachings from different teachers from time to time to keep my spiritual education and training going, and because I need the inspiration to keep me out of samsaric ways of being. As you stay, this story isn’t finished yet. I tread lightly when it comes to teachers, but I still stay connected with the teachings. I respect that, given all the abuse, others find it extraordinarily difficult to do that and have left Buddhism behind.

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