Engage!

Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds

Rising Up to End Sexual Abuse in Buddhist Communities: Part 2

Part 2: Studies of Sexual Exploitation in Buddhist Communities

From the Editor of Engage!, Shaun Bartone:

Jack Kornfield conducted a survey of dharma teachers* in the mid 80s (published in Yoga Journal 1985) which showed that 63% of all Buddhist teachers surveyed (celibate and non-celibate) had sexual contact with their students, and over 85% of non-celibate Buddhist teachers surveyed had sexual contact with their students. Kornfield interviewed 54 spiritual teachers: 48 men, 6 women; 9 Hindu & Jain swamis; 15 Zen, 24 Theravada, 6 Tibetan Buddhist teachers. (Total = 45 Buddhist teachers).

Overall, studies show that 10% to 30% of clergy from all religious groups have sexually involved with their constituents. The rate of sexual exploitation amongst Buddhist teachers is as much as 300% higher than the average for all spiritual leaders.

No new research has been done on sexual exploitation in Buddhist communities since Jack Kornfield’s study in 1985, as of 2011 when Edelstein’s Sex and the Spiritual Teacher was published.

*Reported in Scott Edelstein’s book, Sex and the Spiritual Teacher, Wisdom Publications, 2011.

Advertisements

2 comments on “Rising Up to End Sexual Abuse in Buddhist Communities: Part 2

  1. Pingback: Why Convert Buddhist Churches Act Like Incestuous Families | Engage!

  2. Pingback: What a Shame! The Social Psychology of Convert Buddhist Churches | Engage!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on 2015/04/22 by and tagged .

Archives

Follow Engage! on WordPress.com

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 434 other followers

Blog Stats

  • 133,651 hits
%d bloggers like this: