Retreat in the desert ends in a grisly death

Fernanda Santos, New York Times: The rescuers had rappelled from a helicopter, swaying in the brisk April winds as they bore down on a cave 7,000 feet up in a rugged desert mountain on the edge of this rural hamlet. There had been a call for help. Inside, they found a jug with about an inch of water, browned by floating leaves and twigs. They found a woman, Christie McNally, thirsty and delirious. And they found her husband, Ian Thorson, dead.

The puzzle only deepened when the authorities realized that the couple had been expelled from a nearby Buddhist retreat in which dozens of …

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Connie Rose
June 6, 2012 12:53 pm

A cult is a cult is a cult. What a shame that Buddhism has been sullied by this charlatan.


It’s possible he’s mentally ill. When I read his book “Diamond Cutter” about 10 years ago, I was taken aback by some of the delusion he expressed. It was all rationalized in spiritual language, but it was still clearly delusion. Yet he still seems to be taken seriously, which is odd. I guess he must have some charisma.


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