The violation of trust by one individual against another is one of the core issues in any case of abuse, from the simple relationship between two people to the larger instances of leaders taking advantage of followers in an organization. There is a difficult and clearly sad controversy occurring within the American Buddhist community which has become public. Roshi Joan Halifax, who is a Zen priest and founder of the Upaya Zen Center, has
written eloquently about the issue of sexual violations and gender issues within religious communities.
Letter from Roshi Joan Halifax regarding Eido Shimano http://fb.me/zjVWmobO
Why Buddhism?: Violations of Trust in the Sexual Sphere: Roshi Joan Halifax http://fb.me/PmgsFQWQ
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