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Tako




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PostSubject: What is the OBC like today    What is the OBC like today  Empty8/13/2022, 1:32 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm not sure how best to phrase this post. If anything I say is in any way insensitive, it was not meant to be so.

I've studied Buddhism for many years but it took me a long time to find my fit, which in the last 3 years I have found within Soto Zen.

Living in the UK, I looked for a retreat and came across Throssel Hole Abbey. I went for a retreat and had a very positive experience. The monks were warm and the space was nice. The service had a bit of a more Protestant feel to it but nothing too alarming. 

As I looked more into the OBC itself, I heard something very different from my experiences. Jiyu Kennett could be tyrannical, and a successor at Shasta was known to be committing sexual abuse for years before anything was done. The FTI report was commissioned and mostly ignored.

What I have read about this is mostly on posts from many years ago. I suppose my question is what is the OBC like now? 

Following my positive experience, I was considering further involvement. I don't know if the OBC is any better, or if any of the toxicity from Shasta has ever been present at Throssel.

Any responses would be much appreciated.

In Gassho,
Tako

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PostSubject: Re: What is the OBC like today    What is the OBC like today  Empty8/13/2022, 3:04 pm

Good question Tako; and welcome to OBC Connect!

I would say that the OBC, in the US, the UK, and probably everywhere else it has Sangha members, has gone through some self-assessment, healing, and beneficial transformation. I would also say that this should be the ongoing practice and process for all Buddhists and Buddhism itself.

I would recommend taking a look at the "Fifty years" topic post on the "OBC Experiences" topic thread. (It is the third post down from this one.)

Although I am not currently active as a member of any OBC group; I remain a Soto Zen Priest and authorized teacher, and am in friendly contact with many current and former members of the OBC Sangha.

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PostSubject: Re: What is the OBC like today    What is the OBC like today  Empty8/14/2022, 5:28 am

Hi Kozan,

I really appreciate your reply.

I suppose my fear was having a good experience at Throssel, only to find myself involved with a wider organisation that was not a fit further down the line.

All the best for the future.

Tako.

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