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Beyond the Temple-Finding the Inner Guru

Tahlia Newland of Beyond the Temple blog and Living in Peace and Clarity vlog relates how she came to realize that all she needed for her spiritual life was already within her, her ‘inner guru.’ Tahlia had been a member of Sogyal’s Rigpa cult for 20 years, but left after witnessing Sogyal’s abuse and exploitation of other members. Tahlia and other ex-Rigpa practitioners started the group, “What Now?” and contribute to the blog, Beyond the Temple. Tahlia relates that she didn’t find the ‘inner guru’ until she left finally broke with Sogyal and left Rigpa. Then she was able to realize this wisdom within herself.

Doing it for ourselves

I never wanted a religion, but I found that the Buddhist teachings on mind, particularly the dzogchen teachings and practice spoke to me, so I ended up in one. But the teachings and practices that speak to us can be used outside the framework of the religion that brought us the teachings. There are plenty of books from which we can learn, after all, and we can join in events lead by various spiritual teachers without getting caught up in their whole deal. (Read more at Beyond the Temple blog).


I applaud Tahlia’s courageous journey “Beyond the Temple” to find her own wisdom, drawn from the traditions, yes, but realized within herself. Wisdom and enlightenment can only be found and realized within you, not outside of you in a lama, guru, text or sangha.

Tahlia’s explanation of the core corruption of the Vajrayana path in Rigpa and Shambhala is in the following video:

Rigpa & Shambala: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

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