tiistai 9. lokakuuta 2012

The Imaginarium of Bodhin Roshi: Comments on a Teisho about Sami

Bodhin Roshi gave Teisho about Sami´s resignation. Since it is obvious that he is not telling a story of what really happened, it is worth clarifying this disinformation. The real story is a sad one, told many times, but since it seems to get distorted in these enlightened minds so easily, it is worth the effort.

Teishos title is:

Teacher´s discussion At the 30th Anniversary of Swedish-Finnish Sangha

You can listen it here (Sami's part starts around 16:30):
EDIT: Rochester Zen Center has removed teisho, but luckily we saved it. You can listen it here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0BLbrsWDZIDMmVYTjZsNTBVX3M/edit?usp=sharing

Disinformation spoken out in Teisho is as follows:

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Story told in the Teisho:
 “One day Sante told him (Sami) well you’re the leader of the sangha there, I think you really need to come and come to Zengården and do some residential training, you´ve never done any and there´s so many things that recommends residential training…”

“…Sami dismissed it and said something diparaging about the residential training”

FACTS: 
Sami in the end thought that residential training was not for him. Nothing disparaging was said except that after careful consideration Sami declined to do residential training. This all happened about one year before the resignation discussed in Teisho.

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Story told in the Teisho:
 “Sante called a private meeting and asked Sami if they could go out and have a beer at a local place and just talk…”

“In their meeting Sami said to him directly you are an alcoholic, you have a harem of women and your marriage is dead you and Kanja have, there´s nothing to your marriage any more, you are just going through the motions.”

FACTS:
Private meeting was called because one Helsinki sangha member told Sante that he was worried about Sami´s critical views about the authoritarian leading style during the summer training week in Zengården and his frustration with teachers leading style. Nothing of the above (that Sami is accused of saying) in the meeting ever happened. Sante actually thanked Sami for a good conversation in an e-mail after the meeting. In the meeting Sami went through the criticism that you can find here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0BLbrsWDZIDRnFLd0NLZ21OTzQ/edit?usp=sharing 
Rumours of Sami having said above mentioned ghastly things started circulate out of other sangha members mouths when it became apparent that Sante and Kanja were offended by Sami´s critic and by his writing to other teachers. Sami has never claimed that Sante is an alcoholic. Sami has never claimed that Sante has a harem of women. Sante himself told in 3 Jewels Order meeting that he was doubting the western marriage system.

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Story told in the Teisho:
 “The Sante heard that Sami had sent letter to couple of north American teachers to Albert Low and Barry Magid…”

“…Sante realized that he had to get to the bottom of this. So he called a meeting in Helsinki and while he was on his way there by boat across  the Baltic to Finland, this Sami resigned, all of a sudden he took off…”

FACTS:
Yes Sami sent 2 letters altogether, to the above mentioned teachers, asking their views about residential training. No correspondence followed. The meeting in Helsinki was about the criticism detailed in the pdf. Sami resigned because it was obvious that he was being lied about in the sangha and the whole thing started to be more about him and about rumours what he had said about the teachers, than about his critic. Senseis also stopped communicating with him directly (except Sante calling Sami one time and accusing Sami of backstabbing Sante) and an open forum was founded where everybody could talk about Samis critic. Instead of direct communication with Sami teachers focused on calling other people and asking them what Sami had said about them. Many people in the Helsinki, who were symphatetic to Sami before, turned their coats and were climbing up the ladder through telling teachers what Sami supposedly had said. There were rumours told about what he had said about Sante; that Sante was an alcoholic, Sante had affairs etc.

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Story told in the Teisho:
“Sami sent an open letter to the sangha where he repeated this"    (above mentioned accusations of alcoholism, harem of women, dead marriage)

FACTS:
Open letter did not contain anything but mentioned facts in the pdf and anger how he was unfairly lied about saying this and that about Sante.

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Story told in the Teisho:
 “Sami had been the leader of the group for a few years, certainly a couple years”

FACTS:
Sami had been sanghaleader for 10 years.

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Story told in the Teisho: “Sami has started his own group”

FACTS: 
Sami never started his own group.

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Story told in the Teisho:
 “There was almost no one who left as a result of this”

FACTS:
Yep almost no one left:) Just the former sanghaleader and former chairman of board of trustees, Timo, who is a friend of Sami and followed the process closely enough to get a grip of what was going on. Several other people from Helsinki left (over 10 people). The whole Oulu subgroup left. About 30 members from Helsinki wrote Sami that they would like to follow him if he formed his own group. Sami had no intention of starting his own group after a nightmare like this. Quite probably he will never be part of any religious group whatsoever.