I'm the ex-husband of the main person whom I suspect is now attacking the EWCP and Master Wang, or Shang Rinpoche, though this is unverifiable as they have all chosen to remain completely anonymous. This woman, who pleaded with me never to say anything bad about her when we divorced after over a decade together is now attacking everything that is dear to me, and so I want to shed some light on things. The events described on the blog and in the posts of limoncello are not as she and those she is working with on this smear campaign paint them to be. Anyone can take an experience and twist it to suit their needs.
For my part, I know that my ex has a serious axe to grind and is obsessed with her experience in Taiwan. She spent months trying to drag my family into it when she went back to Canada. She wanted my parents to help get me kicked out of Taiwan, and told my family she wanted them to help raise the money to hire this Joe Szimhart character to deprogram me. Joe's activities were mentioned in a previous post by Shiva the Destroyer (repasted below).
Shiva the Destroyer wrote:
Wow!! Has anyone looked into the guy that limoncello keeps referencing? Joe Simzhart was part of a group called CultAware back in the early 90’s. Apparently he was going around in Australia and charging large sums of money to kidnap, abuse and deprogram members of different religious groups, trying to get them to denounce faith in their religions. Is the reason that the EWCP is not responding to all this because they’ve all been kidnapped? http://info_3.tripod.com/cultaware_unzipped/intro.html
After being harassed by her to the point of nervous breakdown, my family told her she was crazy and that they'd draw their own conclusions. I spent all of last summer with them assuring them that I'm safe and sound in Taiwan, and "the same old" me, of which they will now attest to anyone. I am me, a spiritual dude who has been dabbling in eastern culture since my teens. Bla bla bla. Long story short, I wrote her a letter last summer which it seems convinced her that I was lost for good (I basically told her to get away from my family and leave me alone to live my life, and furthermore to get on with her own), at which point she, and, I strongly suspect, another disgruntled, messed-up couple whom have similar opinions and issues, seem to have turned their energies towards harming the East West Culture Project and Shang Rinpoche through the Blog that they helped create and this Forumosa thread. My family told me that when they refused to help her, she went to China, raised the money herself to hire this Joe bloke and voila! The smear campaign began.
My message to her: marriages fail every day for no other reason than that people grow apart. Let go, move on, stop trying to hurt these people who are like family to me.
I've been studying with Shang Rinpoche for more than 11 years. Somewhere along the line, the name East West Culture Project was created to give a name to the cultural exchange efforts that his numerous international students in Taipei have undertaken. I myself teach much of the qigong and meditation, as well as classes on the way of tea and do translation.
In defence of Rinpoche, I'd like to say that he went to all lengths to help my ex to grow spiritually and to face her fears. She has many issues from childhood which haunted her throughout our relationship, and made it virtually impossible for her to trust anyone, especially groups or authority figures. If anyone has questions about Rinpoche's credentials in the world of Buddhism, East West Culture Project is in the process of updating the online website database and links will be made available through our Facebook page once the new website is up.
I'm also the one in the international group most involved in taking care of the dogs. I help supervise their daily grooming, watch them run around, buy their food, vitamin supplements, chew toys and medicine, and have taken a few trips to the vet with them whenever they're out of sorts. I've also watched many of them get placed into loving homes, and helped with the group's broader efforts to assist street dogs and cats as well. We've literally helped hundreds of stray dogs and cats to get medical attention and to leave unfortunate circumstances in the last few months alone. I've never harmed a single one of the dogs, and neither has anyone else. I've raised dogs my whole life and these are happy dogs. Accounts of animal abuse are totally unfounded.
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