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    Shao Xiaohua

    I initially posted about this on the qigong FAIL because there wasn't a name given. Now there is so hopefully they catch this perp.

    'Qigong master' swindles, accelerates death of cancer patient
    By Yin Xiaohong (People's Daily Online) 13:30, October 12, 2016

    Ms. Zhang, a 61-year-old woman with inoperable ovarian cancer, recently passed away after going through “Qigong treatment,” imposed by a quack specialist.
    Discomfort first manifested in Zhang's right shoulder. As the pain grew worse, she resorted to painkillers to alleviate the symptoms. After seeking advice from other patients and trying all sorts of unconventional treatments, Zhang was found in November 2015 to have several tumors in her stomach. Finally, doctors at two top hospitals in Shanghai diagnosed her with terminal, inoperable cancer.
    Full of despair and desperate for a cure, Zhang went to Henan province on Nov. 26 to meet with Shao Xiaohua, a so-called Qigong master, who claimed that he could cure her in 35 days without any injections or medication. In return, he demanded 300,000 RMB as a treatment fee.
    Shao told Zhang to stop taking painkillers, and demanded that she consume nothing except ginger tea for six days. According to Shao, his plan was to “starve” the cancer cells in Zhang's body.
    Starving and deprived of painkillers, Zhang suffered from pain and sudden weight loss while on Shao's regimen. On Dec. 22, she experienced excruciating pains, shortness of breath and cardiac arrest. After that, her health condition steadily deteriorated, and she finally died on July 19.
    Shao has been unreachable since Zhang's death. Zhang's widower, Mr. Liu, recalls that Shao had no credentials to practice medicine - only a suspicious physiotherapist certification.
    A manager at Shanghai Qigong Research Center pointed out that Qigong is only a supplementary treatment method in Chinese medicine. It is impossible to rely on Chinese medicine alone to cure cancer.
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    Wang Lin is dead

    Controversial 'spiritual guru' who said he could conjure live snakes from thin air and cure terminal cancer dies of organ failure in hospital aged 65

    Wang Lin, a famous Qigong master has died in China at the age of 65
    Qigong is thought to generate energy and can help someone's health and spirit
    He died from complications from a serious autoimmune disorder
    Wang Lin was well connected to celebrities and businessmen in China

    By Sophie Williams For Mailonline
    PUBLISHED: 13:26 EST, 10 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:48 EST, 10 February 2017

    A self-proclaimed Chinese spiritual guru who claimed he could cure terminal cancer and conjure snakes from thin air has died at the age of 65.

    Wang Lin died today in Fuzhou, China's Jiangxi province, from complications from a serious autoimmune disorder which led to multiple organ failure.

    He was detained in 2013 and charged with illegal detention, fraud, gun possession and bribery. However he was granted bail last month due to his poor physical condition.


    Wang Lin (holding the snake) claimed that he could conjure reptiles with bare hands


    Wang Lin (right) pictured with China's former Foreign Minister Qian Qichen (second to the left)


    Well connected: Wang Lin (middle) pictured during a hike in Pingxiang Scenic Area, China

    The Intermediate People's Court in Fuzhou said in a statement that Wang Lin had passed away.

    Wang practiced the ancient form of Qigong, which is thought to cultivate energy. While some claim it can heal the body, help others and also reconnect a person with their spiritual side.

    He also posted videos online of him conjuring live snakes out of an empty pot and filling an empty glass with wine by 'simply breathing on it.'

    Wang shot to prominence in 2013 after photographs of him posing with celebrities and businessmen emerged in Chinese media.

    He has been pictured with Alibaba owner and founder Jack Ma, Jackie Chan and Jet Li.


    Zhao Wei (right), a famous Chinese actress, and billionaire Jack Ma (left) pictured walking with Wang Lin (middle)


    Master: He has been pictured with Jack Ma (left) and Zhao Wei (right) many times in media

    Wang Lin (pictured wearing sunglasses) was detained in 2015 in connection with the death of a businessman
    Wang Lin (pictured wearing sunglasses) was detained in 2015 in connection with the death of a businessman

    Media also claimed that he profited from corrupt and superstitious officials, telling them that he could help advance their careers and would also connect them with powerful people.

    When the pictures emerged many people saw him as a symbol of corruption, using his connections to gain wealth.

    Wang was detained in 2015 along with three others in connection with the kidnapping and death of businessman Zou Yong. At the time it was reported that he paid Wang substantial sums of money to become a follower.

    The Fuzhou prosecutor found Wang 'criminally responsible' for illegal detention, fraud, gun possession and bribery in November last year.

    Last month he was granted bail as his physical condition worsened.

    The number of religious groups and sects have been multiplying in recent years as more people seek spiritual meaning.
    Wang Lin has many entries on this thread, so many that I considered making an indie thread for him.

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    Mary Jin

    Crazy tale.

    How a Chinese seductress is using Bliss & Wisdom to undermine the Dalai Lama
    ladakh2017blog Audio, News August 12, 2017
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    GEBIS (Bliss and Wisdom) guru Mary Jin’s ties to the Chinese Communist Party exposed; details of her sexual and verbal abuse of monks emerge; former abbot alleges he was illegally imprisoned in PEI on her orders

    21 June 2017

    Taiwan, ROC – Formerly a cult leader on the run from Chinese authorities, Mary Jin seized control of GEBIS and sought to quietly replace the Dalai Lama’s influence with the Chinese-sanctioned Panchen Lama, former abbot Venerable Fan Yin says in a publicized audio recording.

    Born in northeast China as Jin Mengrong (金夢蓉), which means “golden dream lotus” in Chinese, she was the second-in-charge of qigong cult Zhong Gong, which amassed millions of fanatical followers in only a few years, mesmerized by wild claims of magical powers, potions and esoteric qigong practices. Before long, the Chinese government saw Zhong Gong as a threat, and began to crack down on the cult.

    Meanwhile, on the other side of the Taiwan strait, a monk named Jih-Chang founded Buddhist organization Bliss and Wisdom in 1991 to promote Tibetan Buddhism in Taiwan. Master Jih-Chang, after decades of learning Buddhism from different traditions, took a special liking to Tibetan Gelug Buddhism and became close friends with the Dalai Lama. Master Jih-Chang saw it his duty to spread Tibetan Buddhism among Chinese people, and began traveling to China to teach the Tibetan text lamrim chenmo. Hoping to evade the Chinese authorities, Master Jih-Chang kept a low profile and sometimes disguised himself as a lay person.

    For years, he thought he was still under the radar, as far as the Chinese authorities were concerned. He was allowed to enter China and there was no indication that the Chinese knew about his activities, or his connection to the Dalai Lama. But not for long.

    In order to escape persecution, Jin Mengrong became a Buddhist and gradually infiltrated Bliss and Wisdom. Using a combination of psychological manipulation, supposed spirit visitations and mysterious magical abilities, Master Jih-Chang was tricked into believing that she was an enlightened being. Master Jih-Chang wanted to appoint her as his successor, and spiritual leader of Bliss and Wisdom, against the advice of the Dalai Lama. Master Jih-Chang sent senior monks to China to teach Jin Mengrong Buddhism.

    The student soon became the teacher as Jin Mengrong began to teach the monks tantric sex. Many monks lost their vows of celibacy. Jin Mengrong, perhaps trying to become the Holy Mary, concocted a scheme to give birth to Lama Tsongkhapa. The father was to be one of the monks under Master Jih-Chang. Eventually, Jin Mengrong conceived, but the baby was aborted.

    Ironically, Jin Mengrong was eventually introduced as Mary Jin to the Canadian media, after she moved to Prince Edward Island.

    In 2004, Master Jih-Chang, already old and sick, was poisoned by a doctor hired by Mary Jin in Xiamen, China. Some senior monks who had broken their vows of celibacy to Mary Jin, moved to cement her position as Bliss and Wisdom’s guru. With her at the helm, Bliss and Wisdom has gradually reduced their ties with the Dalai Lama, quietly replaced by lamas linked to the Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama.

    Ven Fan Yin, the first abbot of Fengshan Monastery (Bliss and Wisdom’s main monastery in Taiwan), reveals many more details of Mary Jin’s sexual and verbal abuse of young monks and novices. He also reveals he was illegally imprisoned on Prince Edward Island under Mary Jin’s orders.


    Monks bowing to Jin Mengrong on her first trip to Taiwan in Mar 2015. That was the first time pictures of her were released.
    Listen to the audio here (in Chinese):

    Here is the full transcript (translated from Chinese; any errors are mine):

    From 1996:

    At that time, Mary Jin (Jin Mengrong) was the second-in-charge of Zhong Gong, and was already blacklisted by the Chinese government. Zhong Gong’s leader, Zhang Hongbao, fled to the United States but died in a car accident a few years later, orchestrated by the Chinese government.

    A female friend of Li Yanzhong (李衍忠; Ven Ru Zheng’s elder brother), who lived in a house belonging to a Chinese foreign affairs official, became acquainted with Mary Jin. So Mary Jin hoped to get protection through her links with the foreign ministry. She also hoped to clean up her image by become a Buddhist. Hence, she started learning the lamrim chenmo after being introduced to it by Li Yanzhong’s female friend.

    At that time, she was already married with a child/children. Her husband went crazy and she divorced him.

    In Beijing, she then lived with Venerable Zhong Jin (宗進法師) (NB. not from Bliss & Wisdom), caused him to break his vows and disrobe. He became known as Mr Song Jin (宋進). Jin and Song returned to Jin’s hometown in northeastern China, Daqing (in Heilongjiang province), to open lamrim classes. They called themselves Teacher Jin and Teacher Song. Eventually, Jin gave herself the title “Guru”.

    A monk from Guanghua Temple (廣化寺), Mr Li Yanping, travelled to the northeast after being seduced by Mary Jin. Mary Jin slept with Li Yanping every night. Unsurprisingly, Li Yanping and Song Jin became rivals in love. Finally, Li Yanping managed to get rid of Song Jin, and lived together with Mary Jin.
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    From 1998:

    At Guanghua Temple, Mary Jin claimed that she was possessed by demons. Many gurus and Rinpoches were unable to help her remove the demon, she claimed. She met Master Jih-Chang, who gave her the three refuges and prayed for her. Mary Jin, while being possessed by the demon, told Master Jih-Chang that Mary Jin was Master Jih-Chang’s most important disciple in his previous lives. The demon threatened to kill Master Jih-Chang. Mary Jin then claimed she used magic to murder 10,000 demon soldiers to save Master Jih-Chang. Having been subdued by Mary Jin, and after negotiating with Master Jih-Chang, the demon agreed to become Master Jih-Chang’s spirit protector. Master Jih-Chang named him Tee Kong (提公), or Lord Tee, and enshrined him in Fengshan Monastery. Lord Tee became a very important spirit protector of Fengshan Monastery.

    (NB. Other sources state that this incident happened in the year 2000).

    Lord Tee told Master Jih-Chang that Mary Jin needed to be privately tutored by a senior monk, so that she could quickly regain the knowledge and powers she had in her previous life. Venerable Jing Yuan, who had just been serving as the third abbot of Fengshan Monastery for a few months, gave up the abbotship, and courageously went to northeast China to become Mary Jin’s tutor.

    Mary Jin showered her attention on Ven Jing Yuan every night. This made Li Yanping very jealous. Eventually, Li Yanping complained to Master Jih-Chang that Ven Jing Yuan had raped Mary Jin. Master Jih-Chang believed Li Yanping.

    By 2003, Ven Jing Yuan had clearly broken his root vows, automatically ceased to become a monk, and returned to Singapore.

    Q: If Master Jih-Chang knew that so many sexual liaisons were going on, why did he allow it to continue?

    A: By then, he was already firmly convinced that Mary Jin was an enlightened being and would be his successor, so he kept the sexual liaisons under wraps.

    According to the vinaya, once a monk has broken his root vows, he cannot recover his status as a bhikshu even if he takes the “recovery vows” 增益戒 (note: recovery vows allow a monk to restore his vows if he has committed minor transgressions). Ven Jing Yuan took the “recovery vows” anyway so that he could pretend to be a monk. So Ven Jing Yuan is a fake monk.

    Master Jih-Chang believed Li Yanping’s accusations, and was very angry that Jing Yuan raped Mary Jin. After Ven Jing Yuan returned to Taiwan, Master Jih-Chang stripped him of his senior monk status and sent him to Edu Park to oversee construction work. Jing Yuan was very upset and felt betrayed. He felt that Li Yanping had also broken his root vow, in the same way Jing Yuan did, but was let off scot free by Master Jih-Chang. Jing Yuan would bang his head on the wall every day in anger.

    Around 2003, a Guru Kong (空上師) appeared on the scene. Guru Kong was a spirit which possessed Mary Jin, claiming to be Lama Tsongkhapa and sometimes claiming to be Khedrub Je. Guru Kong also gave some mysterious teachings. Guru Kong convinced Master Jih-Chang that Mary Jin was the reincarnation of Khedrub Je, and that Master Jih-Chang was the reincarnation of Gyaltsab Je. Guru Kong told Master Jih-Chang that they were only missing Lama Tsongkhapa to complete the holy trinity. Master Jih-Chang eventually sent Venerable Ru Cheng (如誠法師, of Fengshan Monastery) to create the holy baby of Lama Tsongkhapa together with Mary Jin.

    At that time, many prayers and pujas were done in Fengshan Monastery to invite the Lama Tsongkhapa holy trinity (Lama Tsongkhapa, Khedrub Je and Gyaltsab Je; this trio is mentioned in the Tibetan tradition too) to be reborn in the Chinese lands.

    Mary Jin became pregnant with Ru Cheng’s child. Li Yanping was enraged, and fought physically with Ru Cheng. The Chinese police were called. In the end, Ru Cheng agreed to abort the baby. Li Yanping complained to Master Jih-Chang again that Ru Cheng was treating Mary Jin badly and was abusing her.

    Ru Cheng knew he had broken his root vows already, and returned to Taiwan. He sensed that something was wrong with the whole scheme, and told Master Jih-Chang that Mary Jin was a fraud. Having believed Li Yanping’s story, Master Jih-Chang was very angry at Ru Cheng for maligning Mary Jin, whom he was supposed to see as his guru. Master Jih-Chang ordered Ru Cheng to repent, kept him in confinement and prevented anyone else from talking to him. Ru Cheng was very upset and left Bliss and Wisdom soon after. After he left, Ru Cheng went all over India to report the matter to the Dalai Lama, the Ganden Tripa Rinpoche, Sharpa Choje and Jangtsey Chojey (the three main Gelug throne-holders). Many people reported the happenings to the Dalai Lama and the throne-holders in India, including Senior Brother Li (李學長 – important lay leader of Bliss & Wisdom). They felt that the scam could not go on, because it would harm a lot of people. But because there were only a few of them, the Dalai Lama and the throne-holders were not able to publicly express anything.

    After leaving Bliss and Wisdom, Ru Cheng was harassed with death threats, and almost died. His mother also passed away. On the verge of a mental breakdown, Ru Cheng moved to the United States for his own safety, and is still there.

    Mary Jin claimed that she pretended to get married to Ru Cheng, in an attempt to enter Taiwan. In fact, they were actually married, and had a marriage certificate. But at that time, the Taiwanese government did not allow Chinese spouses to enter Taiwan.

    Mary Jin procured a fake passport which turned out to be a “spy passport” (NB. I don’t know what passport is this – maybe a stolen one already blacklisted by Taiwanese immigration?). Jin tried to enter Taiwan with this passport, was refused entry and blacklisted by Taiwanese immigration. A monk from Guanghua Temple, Ven Xue Cheng (學誠) (NB: he is now the secretary-general of the Buddhist Association of China, the most powerful position a Chinese monk can hold, and which is of course closely linked to the Chinese government , told me to beware of Jin and have no dealings with her at all. I trusted Master Jih-Chang and did not fully believe what Venerable Xue Cheng said. Because of her attempted entry into Taiwan with a fake passport, Jin had a lot of difficulty entering Taiwan subsequently. I was deceived for 20 years, and have finally put the pieces together recently.

    After that, Venerable Jing Ming (淨明), Venerable Ru Xu (如旭) and Venerable Ru Qing (如清) went to China. A lot of wrongdoing happened, much of it encouraged by Guru Kong. Jing Ming and Master Jih-Chang were in China at that time, but Master Jih-Chang gave Ven Jing Ming the assurance that Guru Kong and Mary Jin were to be trusted. Out of veneration for Master Jih-Chang, Venerable Jing Ming never said anything, but felt uneasy. Venerable Jing Ming was kept away from all conversations and was not allowed to participate in meetings. He was sent out to buy vegetables at the local market every day. Venerable Jing Ming noticed something strange – Venerable Ru Cheng (如誠) was reading books about preventing unwanted pregnancies, which he found bizarre, but eventually understood much later. Jing Ming did not break his monastic vows (no sexual activity) but all the others had broken their vows, except possibly Ru Qing (如清).

    Ven Ru Qing left 3-4 years ago. He knew a lot of what happened behind the scenes, and insisted on staying in Taiwan instead of going to Canada to meet Jin. Venerable Ru Qing如清 almost turned blind from an illness. I believe Jin applied black magic/poison on Ru Qing. Doctor Hsieh Hongbing (謝鴻賓) treated Ru Qing (如清) and can testify. Tiny worms were expelled from Ru Qing’s body after being treated with smoke treatment, which is believed to be evidence of black magic. Many monks suffered from mysterious illnesses – Venerable Ru Hua (如華) , Venerable Ru Qing (如清) , Venerable Ru Qi (如起) , Venerable Ru Hao (如皓). Venerable Ru Hao, after returning from the USA to disrobe, was so ill that he almost could not speak. A doctor found a bloody palm-shaped mark on my body, which many people in the sangha saw as well. Jin had many methods up her sleeve to harass, threaten and kill people. At that time, nobody knew why our illnesses were so strange and could not be treated with conventional medicine. We were told that it was because of our bad karma, that we had to confess and repent, and pray to recover.

    In his later years, Master Jih-Chang had the intention of appointing Mary Jin as his successor, but Jin could not enter Taiwan. If Master Jih-Chang died in Taiwan, Jin would not have been able to become the successor, so she devised all kinds of methods to deceive Master Jih-Chang into going to China. Jin hoped that Master Jih-Chang would die of natural causes in China, under her care, so she could become his undisputed successor. She convinced Master Jih-Chang to go to China, both to teach her, as well as to recuperate from his illness. Master Jih-Chang arranged for his trusted personal doctor, Hu Maohua (胡茂華), to take 6 months leave and accompany him to Xiamen, China. Doctor Hu was sent back to Taiwan one day after arriving in Xiamen, presumably under Jin’s orders. An inexperienced doctor, who hailed from the same village as Jin, came to treat Master Jih-Chang. The doctor prescribed heavy doses of energizing medication. (NB: stimulating Chinese herbal medicine). Venerable Da Xian (大顯) was present and he can testify. Venerable Da Xian (大顯) left the sangha after master’s death as he knew the truth and dared not remain in the organization.
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    After Master Jih-Chang consumed the stimulants, his body reacted very adversely. His pulse turned irregular and his body turned stiff. The doctor then prescribed laxatives, which weakened him greatly and finally finished him off. He died under such circumstances. He realized then that he had been cheated and died knowing that. We saw that Master’s eyes were protruding, his stomach was bloated and we were all shocked. Mary Jin told the senior monks that Master Jih-Chang was expressing an emanation of the wrathful deity Mahakala (NB: Mahakala is a Tibetan Buddhist protector deity, an emanation of an enlightened being). We were all cheated. When Master was cremated, Jin claimed that she saw Master Jih-Chang in the form of the wrathful deity Mahakala, filling the entire sky, but none of us could see it.

    We all saw that Master’s remains did not contain any relics. The supposed relics in the stupa are all fakes. I was surprised then but suppressed my suspicions. Those who had their suspicions have all left, Venerable Da Xian (大顯), Venerable Ru Su (如速), Venerable Xing Hong (性弘) and Venerable Chan Zong (禪宗) were present and all the senior lay leaders knew there were no relics. Senior Brother Li (李學長) and Senior Brother Hsieh (解學長) became suspicious. Senior Brother Li knew the full incident, as he was the one who introduced Jin to Master. Mary Jin expelled Senior Brother Li with a lot of manufactured wrongdoings like slander, and I executed the sacking. This is a huge scam. Master Jih-Chang was murdered. Jin started to create a fake will, claiming that she was the successor, and that Bliss and Wisdom should not disperse. This is not Master’s will. Master Jih-Chang’s will was to appoint Venerable Ru Zheng (如證) as successor, and for all decisions in the sangha to be taken by consensus (羯磨: a democratic method of decision-making laid down by the Buddha for monastic communities. Guidelines are prescribed for how to arrive at a decision, how to take disciplinary action and so forth). Master had mentioned this every year. I am not sure who has seen Master’s will, but found out later that it is now in Jin’s possession. For obvious reasons, she is not going to release it. Venerable Ru Jun (如俊) is an accomplice in this, the fake will was released bit by bit, transcribed by Venerable Ru Jun (如俊). The prayer for Master’s reincarnation – many of you still believe it was written by the Dalai Lama, don’t you? No, it was written by Venerable Ru Ji (如吉), not by the Dalai Lama. The original prayer written by the Dalai Lama is with me, do you want to see it?

    Jin subsequently appeared to take charge less often, and let the abbot Venerable Ru Zheng (如證) appear to do the talking. Jin is supporting him from behind. She took away many young novices into her inner circle.

    I am not sure how much Ru Zheng (如證) knows. Ru Zheng (如證) should know quite a lot but he had to obey Jin, as he is afraid to be fixed by the Marco monks. Ru Zheng is in GEBIS now being held incommunicable. He cannot leave the GEBIS compound, every movement is monitored and reported, his passport and mobile phone are confiscated. (NB: As of August 2017, Ru Zheng is back in Taiwan and appears to be moving around freely).

    The connection with Dorje Shugden had been reported to Dalai Lama and he was not pleased at all. Many Rinpoches knew that Mary Jin is associated with Dorje Shugden.

    On another note: I know Master Jih-Chang had asked for a Nyingma lama to conduct rituals for Master due to this poor health. The Nyingma lama told Master Jih-Chang that there was something suspicious in his possession, and he was to surrender it, or he would refuse to conduct the ritual. The object turned out to be a ritual instrument of Dorje Shugden, planted by Mary Jin. After the incident, another monk told me that this shows that Jin is definitely associated with Dorje Shugden. Jin put the blame on Fengshan Monastery’s first Geshe, Tenzin Gyaten (NB: invited from India by Master Jih-Chang to teach), and claimed that it was he who put the Dorje Shugden instrument in Master’s room. The Dalai Lama has all along made his position very clear that he does not tolerate any practice of Dorje Shugden by his disciples. Because Mary Jin instigated Master Jih-Chang into disobeying the Dalai Lama, his practice and health deteriorated rapidly.

    Jin took many monks from the child intake (預科班) into her inner circle, grooming and influencing them as they grew up. Many senior monks were sidelined. For 7 years I was banned from communicating with outsiders. Anyone who attempted to get in touch with me was warned. That’s why you’ve had no information about me for so many years. After I contracted tuberculosis, Mary Jin had no choice but to allow me to return to Taiwan. I was prepared to die in GEBIS in PEI. I thought, if you treat me like this, I will die for you to see. My father did not know my whereabouts for 2 years, not even when he wanted to include me in his will. I was not even allowed to call my father. This is proof of my persecution.

    After I returned to Taiwan for tuberculosis treatment, Ven Jing Yuan and Ven Ru Jun told the two monks who looked after me to leave me. They said, “Ven Fan Yin is useless. You have a great future, why waste it on him?” But the two of them are genuine spiritual practitioners, who would not forsake someone in difficulty. The two monks looked after me for two years until I recovered. In that period of time, Ven Jing Yuan and Ru Jun asked to two monks to join the inner circle (Marco monks), but they refused to go. They are now in GEBIS PEI, and they have no intention of joining the inner circle. This is how they mistreat the senior monks, especially those who do not kowtow to Mary Jin.

    Q: Ven Fan Yin, when all this was happening, how did you practice guru devotion?

    A: At that time I was blamed for the Senior Brother Mu (穆學長) incident. They accused me of fund-raising without Mary Jin’s permission. In reality, that was not the case. In fact, she was the one who told me to do the fund-raising, and when things went wrong, she blamed it on me. Afterwards I thought, never mind, for the sake of the organization, for the sake of Master Jih-Chang, I will shoulder all the blame myself. At that time I thought, fine, if you want me to use this incident to help me grow, I will! I will practice the dharma and show you what I can do! At that time I did not see her faults at all. I was very grateful to her for helping me through. Because I almost died – I thank the Buddhas for giving me tuberculosis, so I could escape.

    Q: Venerable Fan Yin, when was the turning point then?”

    A: This year Rizong Rinpoche came to Taiwan to teach “Essence of Fine Speech” for three months (NB: Rizong Rinpoche, the 102nd Ganden Tripa, gave teachings from Feb-Apr 2017 at Fengshan Monastery’s Lake Mountain Campus, Taiwan). Rizong Rinpoche mentioned Bliss and Wisdom’s problems every day, such as our attachment to sensual pleasures, not genuinely exerting ourselves in spiritual development ….you know all that! Slowly, I started to wake up. I asked Venerable Ru Xing (如性) every day, “What happened? Why is Rizong Rinpoche talking about these topics all the time?” Because Venerable Ru Xing knew about many of Bliss and Wisdom’s internal problems. Rizong Rinpoche would discuss Bliss and Wisdom’s problems with Ven Ru Xing frequently. Venerable Ru Xing wanted to help Bliss and Wisdom as he was Master’s disciple (NB: Ven Ru Xing was ordained as a teenager by Master Jih-Chang in Taiwan, then sent to India to learn from Tibetan lamas. He lives in India and serves as Rizong Rinpoche’s Chinese translator when he comes to Taiwan). As time went by, he became very discouraged and felt it was impossible for things to change at Bliss and Wisdom.

    From the bottom of my heart, I told Rizong Rinpoche, “I accept your advice and guidance. I would like to go into an intensive retreat under your guidance, and with the fruits of my spiritual practice, I will save Bliss and Wisdom.” Rizong Rinpoche agreed to help me. He told me that the single most important cause for Bliss and Wisdom’s problems is our incorrect guru devotion. Mary Jin’s teachings on guru devotion are not Buddhist, they are creationist and theistic, and building up a personality cult. Her teachings do not come from a pure lineage, like Rizong Rinpoche’s teachings. Rinpoche knows clearly, that all the problems we have are due to incorrect guru devotion teachings.

    A few years ago, Rizong Rinpoche was already telling me this. When I was ill, Rinpoche refused to consult the oracle for me, and told me, “All these obstacles, all these problems including your illness are caused by indiscriminate guru devotion”. When I heard this, I sincerely repented and confessed my faults. Rizong Rinpoche saved me. I slowly gained trust in Rizong Rinpoche, and contemplated on his teachings. Rizong Rinpoche helped me to see the reality; otherwise, it would have been impossible.

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    Q: So you only connected the dots recently?

    A: Yes, only recently did I manage to connect the dots. I spoke to many people, whom I am not prepared to name at this stage. For those who know the inside story, some are not willing to face reality, some have children in the sangha or in the Edu Park, and some are comfortable with the present situation. They thought hiding the truth is better for Bliss and Wisdom. If they reveal the truth, a lot of people will have their faith completely broken. Their worlds will be shattered. After what I have told you, I think you will lose your appetite for a week, and lose sleep for a week. You will have to face the agony of having your faith broken, your lives and thoughts all turned upside down. I spoke to “the elder” (NB: identity not revealed by Ven Fan Yin) and realized the truth. “The elder” knew everything, Jin spoke to “the elder” for 10 hours in Taiwan when she visited Taiwan. “The elder” saw everything, what Jin was doing in her pyjamas with those people.

    (NB: “the elder” appears to be a monk or layman holding a senior position in Bliss and Wisdom)

    Subsequently, I wanted to do an intensive retreat with Rizong Rinpoche, Rizong Rinpoche agreed to help and provide support. I applied for leave from Mary Jin as she is my guru. That was 2 months ago (April 2017). I even bought my air tickets and planned to leave on 10th May. She agreed, but said that I had to go and meet her personally (NB: Mary Jin was in Singapore at that time). I wanted to go, but everyone advised against it. They told me I was finished if I went – I was sure to be confined again.

    So I asked to speak to Mary Jin on the phone. She ignored my request initially. Finally, I sent her a message saying that if she did not want to hear me speak, I would reveal all her secrets to the whole world. That scared her and she immediately spoke to me on video conference. I started by criticizing her closest confidants and attendants – Novice Ru Fa (如法), Venerable Ru Qun (如群), Venerable Xing Jing (性景), and Venerable Ru Ji (如吉), revealing all their faults. She scolded them one by one, hoping to allow me to vent my frustrations. The next day, I told many teachers in BW Edu Park that I am leaving again. The teachers in Edu Park were very worried, because I practically evaporated from the surface of the earth for 7 years after going to Canada to meet Mary Jin. They wanted me to stay, so I could continue guiding them. Venerable Xing Chang (性長) advocated on their behalf – “The teachers are asking me, what if you get confined again?”, asked Ven Xing Chang. I said I can practice in isolation if I am confined again. Every adverse situation is an opportunity to practice. Just like her transgression of the vows – her behavior is teaching me how to discriminate between right and wrong.

    Subsequently, all the teachers present in the meeting were warned. Mary Jin’s confidants named and shamed by me in the video conference wanted revenge. In the second video conference, Jin summoned Ven Xing Chang and I, and interrogated me angrily, “Why did you say I would confine you? This will cause many people to lose faith in me”. It can destroy her reputation. She kept scolding and scolding non-stop. I told her that was not the case, I did not tell them I would be confined. Many teachers knew about what happened seven years ago, and were concerned for me. It was Ven Xing Chang who asked me what I would do if I were confined. So I answered them honestly. Mary Jin was enraged. She said, “How could you answer like that? You should have said, you were not going to be confined.” She asked Ven Xing Chang angrily, “How could you ask that kind of question?” So Ven Xing Chang asked her, “Then what is the correct answer we should give?” That made Mary Jin even angrier, and she went on and on. Finally, it became obvious that Ven Xing Chang was against them. More on this next time.

    At the third video conference, all senior monks were present, about 30 of them in Lake Mountain Campus. Jin told all of them, “The organization is in a mess now”. Jin is starting to get worried. She called Secretary-General Huang (NB: Sec-Gen Huang was appointed as the highest-ranking lay leader of Bliss and Wisdom in 2014/15, and held the position for two years before quitting. Before his appointment, he was a Buddhist but not a follower of Bliss and Wisdom) seeking a solution, “The organization is messy now, Ven Fan Yin and Xing Chang are too powerful and influential, what can we do about it?”. Sec-Gen Huang answered, “You have to face the reality now, shouldn’t you?” It was obvious that Jin was panicking and understood the crisis on hand. Not even Sec-Gen Huang could help her.

    Jin tried to soothe the emotions of the senior monks by imploring them to be patient, to practice gratitude, and not to be like Ven Xing Chang. I asked, “Guru, we have something to say, the vinaya dictates that monks are not allowed to live under the same roof as women. Everyone knows this, and Rizong Rinpoche has even chastised you in the US, telling you not to live with monks and novices.” Jin started to cry and said, “They cannot leave me. If they leave me, how will they live.” It is obviously an excuse, she is the one who cannot live without them. This is a flagrant violation of the vinaya rules. When Jin heard this, she asked angrily, “What do you mean? Are you trying to drive me away? Where do I live if I don’t live here?” I said I wasn’t trying to chase her away, that I was very grateful to her contributions to this organizations and had great faith in her, but I told her, “Please do not live together with monks and novices.” Mary Jin said, “Who said we are living together? We are only living in the same building”. They are actually living on the same floor in expensive bungalows. Anyway, whatever she said was just a stone-walling tactic.

    To show his support for her, Venerable Ru De (如得) started crying dramatically, and spoke a lot. It was all for show. Those are all her trusted lieutenants. Even Ven Ru Zheng (NB. former abbot) came out to say that it was very difficult for her to be the guru, she is going through a lot of difficulty for our sake….after that, I said, “Ven Ru Zheng! That’s not what you say in front of me. During the entire process you were badly abused by Ven Ru Qun and his gang, you came crying to me every day!” When he heard that, his face turned black, everyone was laughing. That’s what the monks are like now – always saying what they don’t mean.

    So Mary Jin asked, who else is unhappy about her living arrangements? I said, many people outside the organization are criticizing us. A lot of people are asking me questions, and I don’t know how to answer them. So she asked, who has heard about this, who has doubts? Some people raised their hands. These people will definitely be warned and brainwashed.

    The very next day, Venerable Jing Ming (净明) left hastily, because Mary Jin ordered him to go to PEI immediately. Venerable Jing Ming (净明) sensed the impending crisis, gave her an excuse and escaped. Subsequently, Jin said hysterically in an internal video broadcast, “No matter where you are, even if you travel to the ends of the earth, I will look for you.” (NB. can be interpreted as signaling concern, or a veiled threat that Mary Jin will hunt him down). She’s a very good actor. She would always start by saying, “I am here today all because of Jing Ming and Fan Yin, it was because they supported me as their guru. I will always be grateful for their contribution and support. I miss them so much. I treat them so well, why did they want to leave?” And she also said, “What Jing Ming and Fan Yin are doing is wrong. It shows that something is wrong with their guru devotion. Wherever Ven Jing Ming goes, I will look for him!” So they left no stone unturned in hunting down Ven Jing Ming.
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    The Dalai Lama knows all about her transgression of the vows and all her wrongdoing. But we ourselves have to take the initiative to speak to the Dalai Lama about it, so that he can express his stand. We have to remain united, and be strong enough to bring her down within the organization before the Dalai Lama can publicly state his position. If the Dalai Lama only hears from Venerable Ru Cheng alone, he has insufficient evidence and support to make his stand public.

    Eventually we discovered that Mary Jin needs a new man every night. She would summon a monk or novice after 12 midnight, telling them that she had some tantric practices to teach them. She has many different methods of persuasion, such as telling the monk how they were a loving couple in a previous life, how he was a king and she the queen, or that she has special tantric techniques to help treat your illnesses. The monks who’ve left Bliss and Wisdom can testify.

    Now we have to think about how to report this to the Dalai Lama, how to combine and co-ordinate our actions, and figure out our responses to her.

    Anything that Jin gave out, such as pendants, praying beads, and her hymns can cause headaches and nausea. Many sensitive people have these reactions. It’s best not to accept them.

    The Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party are behind her. The transmission of the Four Interwoven Annotations came from Harwa Rinpoche, who is in cahoots with the Chinese government. He belongs to the Chinese Panchen Lama’s system. Their goal is to control Bliss and Wisdom, breaking the lineage away from the Dalai Lama and swinging it to the Panchen Lama in China, while sucking away Taiwanese money at the same time. It is estimated that they have sucked away about NT$8 billion, from the time Master Jih-Chang passed away until now. Senior Brother Mu’s affair was also a scam.

    Venerable Hsing Yun (NB. Ven Hsing Yun is one of the most renowned Buddhist leaders in Taiwan. He is the founder of Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Kaoshiung, Taiwan) received her visit with great fanfare, when she came to Taiwan the first time. The reason is that when Venerable Hsing Yun visited China, he was told by someone in the CCP that he was to expect a representative from them, and he was to show his support to her. We have verified this. Ven Hsing Yun’s disciples were quite unhappy about this, because this was very unusual.


    Jin Mengrong meets Venerable Hsing Yun on her first trip to Taiwan

    Her identity is clear now. We are all cheated, including Master Jih Chang, and everyone in Bliss and Wisdom, since 1996. As the saying goes, “Relying on the wrong teachings will break all the roots of virtue”. For all the wisdom Master Jih-Chang had, he was cheated as he did not heed the Dalai Lama’s advice. Pabongka Rinpoche was a wise man, but the same thing happened to him too as he did not heed his guru’s advice. When Dorje Shugden appeared in various manifestations in front of him, even as benevolent deities, he was deceived and believed them to be real. His guru knew it was a scam. His guru tried to help him, and wanted him to burn all ritual instruments connected to Dorje Shugden. Pabongka then deceived his guru that he had done so. So Pabongka fell very ill as a consequence of it. The Dalai Lama told me this story about Pabongka. A lot of problems arise when people don’t trust their gurus, and instead trust Dorje Shugden. Just like Master Jih-Chang, who preferred to trust Mary Jin instead of the Dalai Lama.

    Dorje Shugden appears to be a dharma protector, but is in fact an evil demon. Just like Mary Jin, who came up with a Lord Tee – it’s a demon too.
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    OCTOBER 11, 2017 / 7:00 PM / UPDATED 14 HOURS AGO
    China's top paper warns party officials against 'spiritual anesthesia'
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    BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s top newspaper warned Communist Party officials on Thursday not to “pray to God and worship Buddha”, because communism is about atheism and superstition is at the root of many corrupt officials who fall from grace.

    China officially guarantees freedom of religion for major belief systems like Christianity, Buddhism and Islam, but party members are meant to be atheists and are especially banned from participating in what China calls superstitious practices like visiting soothsayers.

    The party’s official People’s Daily said in a commentary it had not been uncommon over the past few years to see officials taken down for corruption to have also participated in “feudalistic superstitious activities”.

    “In fact, some officials often go to monasteries, pray to God and worship Buddha,” it said. “Some officials are obsessed with rubbing shoulders with masters, fraternizing with them as brothers and becoming their lackeys and their money-trees.”

    Chinese people, especially the country’s leaders, have a long tradition of putting their faith in soothsaying and geomancy, looking for answers in times of doubt, need and chaos.

    The practice has grown more risky amid a sweeping crackdown on deep-seated corruption launched by President Xi Jinping upon assuming power in late 2012, in which dozens of senior officials have been imprisoned.

    The People’s Daily pointed to the example of Li Chuncheng, a former deputy party chief in Sichuan who was jailed for 13 years in 2015 for bribery and abuse of power, who it said was an enthusiastic user of the traditional Chinese geomancy practice of fengshui.

    Another much more junior official, in the southern province of Jiangxi, wore charms to ward off bad luck, it said.

    “As an official, if you spend all your time fixating on crooked ways, sooner or later you’ll come to grief,” it said.

    The founder of modern China, Mao Zedong, banned fortune telling and superstition in puritan, communist China after the 1949 revolution, but the occult has made a comeback since the still officially atheist country embraced economic reforms and began opening up in the late 1970s.

    In one of the most famous recent cases, China’s powerful former security chief Zhou Yongkang was jailed for life in part due to accusations he leaked undisclosed state secrets to a fortune teller and healer called Cao Yongzheng, known as the “Xinjiang sage” after the far western region where he grew up.

    The People’s Daily said officials must remember Marx’s guiding words that “Communism begins from the outset with atheism”.

    “Superstition is thought pollution and spiritual anesthesia that cannot be underestimated and must be thoroughly purged,” it said.

    Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Christian Shepherd; Editing by Paul Tait
    Feng Shui & Cao Yongzheng
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    Slightly OT

    Sorcery, geomancy, soothsayers, and other superstitious practices aren't quite feng shui and qigong, but there's plenty of overlap. Actually, geomancy is basically feng shui.

    NOVEMBER 15, 2017 / 7:45 PM / UPDATED 13 HOURS AGO
    Senior China minister says some officials practice sorcery
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    BEIJING (Reuters) - Some top Chinese officials are guilty of practicing sorcery and would rather believe in gurus and Western concepts of democracy than the Communist Party, a senior minister wrote on Thursday, warning of the danger they presented to its survival.

    China guarantees freedom of religion for major belief systems such as Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, but party members are meant to be atheists and are barred from what it calls superstitious practices, such as visits to soothsayers.

    Recent years have seen several cases of officials jailed as part of President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption being accused of superstition, part of the party’s efforts to blacken their names.

    Some senior officials in leadership positions had “fallen morally”, their beliefs straying from the correct path, wrote Chen Xi, the recently appointed head of the party’s powerful Organisation Department that oversees personnel decisions.

    “Some don’t believe in Marx and Lenin but believe in ghosts and gods; they don’t believe in ideals but believe in sorcery; they don’t respect the people but do respect masters,” he wrote in the official People’s Daily, referring to spiritual leaders or gurus.

    People in China, especially its leaders, have a long tradition of turning to soothsaying and geomancy to find answers to their problems in times of doubt, need and chaos.

    The practice has grown more risky amid Xi’s war on graft, in which dozens of senior officials have been imprisoned.

    Attacking officials whose faith in communism is wavering, Chen said some consider it an “entirely unreal mirage”, and have lost faith in socialism.

    Instead, they look to Western concepts of the separation of power and multi-party systems as their ideal, added Chen, who also runs the Central Party School that trains rising officials.

    He did not name any officials guilty of practicing superstition or fawning over the West.

    But elsewhere in the article he named some of those caught up in the most high-profile recent cases, such as the feared former domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang and the former party boss of Chongqing, Sun Zhengcai, sacked for corruption in July.

    They were “political careerist plotters”, whose cases showed that officials’ political problems were no less a threat to the party than corruption, Chen wrote.

    “The higher the position, the greater their platform, the greater the harm they caused to the party,” he added.

    Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez
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    Here's an overview article from good ol' Epoch Times about the hypocrisy in communist atheism. When they establish separation of church & state, they mean it.

    Atheist Chinese Officials Turn to the Supernatural During Desperate Times
    By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
    February 7, 2018 6:21 pm Last Updated: February 7, 2018 7:49 pm


    Chinese people burn incense sticks during the mid-autumn festival at the Jing'an Temple in Shanghai on Oct. 4, 2017. (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

    Wei Minzhou, the Communist Party Secretary of Xi’an, a city in western China, knew he was in trouble when he was invited for a “chat” with his superiors. He immediately consulted a seer who told him to plant bamboo in front of his house. The Chinese phrase for “bamboo” and “to stop” are ****nyms—Wei’s plea for the authorities’ anti-corruption investigation to stop. It didn’t work. In August 2017, Wei was expelled from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for bribery, pending prosecution in the judicial system.

    The Chinese Communist Party is an atheist organization and rules China by tightly controlling what citizens can and cannot believe in, yet Wei is just one of a cohort of officials who have resorted to premodern practices of divination, fortune telling, and superstition in an attempt to get out of a bind.

    The Party prohibits members from believing in so-called “superstition.” The Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s sought to eradicate people’s beliefs in Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and folk customs by launching a campaign to rid the country of “four olds”: old ideas, old culture, old customs, and old habits. Buddhist temples, statues, Taoist monasteries, and historical sites of cultural significance were destroyed.

    Despite this traumatic and violent upheaval of spiritual beliefs, they are still deeply ingrained in the Chinese people’s psyche: evidenced by the Party officials who turn to Buddhas, gods, and spirits during times of need—despite Party rules.


    Buddhist monks pray inside the 135-year old Yufo Temple, also known as the Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai on September 5, 2017. (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

    In a recent announcement of Liaoning deputy governor Liu Qiang’s purge from Party membership and his position, the CCP’s anti-corruption agency called out his “superstitious activities” among a list of crimes that got him in trouble.

    In fact, state-run newspaper Beijing Daily’s WeChat social media account once published a story about officials who have been disciplined for “believing in superstition” since the 18th National Congress in 2012—when current Party leader Xi Jinping came to power and launched his campaign to purge the Party of misbehaving officials.

    Escaping Fate
    There were unexpected details of desperate officials who believe that a greater force is in control of their fates—and so sought out ways to foretell or change their lives.

    During the 1990s, the disgraced former security czar, Zhou Yongkang, was general manager of the state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation. He once invited a senior monk to conduct for him face reading, a form of physiognomy to predict one’s future. The monk’s assessment was that his prospects were good, but to go even further in his career, he had to fix his ancestral tomb.

    Zhou listened to the monk’s advice and asked his brother to fix it right away. The family hired a monk from Wuxi City, where the tombs were located, to perform Buddhist rites.

    Within a decade, Zhou had made it to the CCP’s most powerful decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee. In fall 2009, his family suddenly discovered that someone had dug a hole in his ancestral tomb—an act of desecration. Zhou mobilized the Wuxi, Shanghai, and Jiangsu Province police—eventually going all the way to the Ministry of Public Security—to find the culprit, to no avail.

    He would later meet his downfall in 2012 amid the infamous Wang Lijun-Bo Xilai incident. In 2015, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.


    Zhou Yongkang at the opening session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) on March 5, 2012. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)

    Meanwhile, Zhou’s ally, Sichuan deputy party secretary Li Chuncheng, was punished for using public funds to move his ancestral tomb from its location in northeast China to Dujiangyan near the city of Chengdu in southwestern China—at the suggestion of a Taoist feng shui master. He used up 10 million yuan for that project (about $1.6 million).

    Zhou and Li were both officials in former Party leader Jiang Zemin’s circle, making up a faction within the Party opposed to Xi Jinping. And Jiang frequently sought the advice of Wang Lin, a qigong master said to possess supernatural powers.

    Wang counseled many Jiang faction officials on how to improve their fortunes. Wang once told former railway minister Liu Zhijun that if he puts a mountain rock in his office, he would never fall down in life prospects. Alas, in 2013, he was charged with bribery and sentenced to death with reprieve.

    Protection from Sins
    Since the anti-corruption crackdown began five years ago, officials are wary of the day they may fall. If they catch wind of a coming purge, they seek protection from higher beings.

    When deputy director of the People’s Liberation Army General Logistics Department Gu Junshan was arrested and interrogated for corruption, Party staff found a peach wood sword in one of his pockets: a weapon used to exorcise demons according to Taoist religious beliefs. The sword didn’t protect him from his wrongdoing though: Gu was sentenced to death with reprieve in 2015.


    Gu Junshan. (Screen shot/Chinanews.com)

    Former Party leader Jiang himself was said to be fearful of retribution; among his many crimes was launching the persecution of the spiritual practice Falun Gong in 1999. Hong Kong’s Open Magazine reported in 2001 that Jiang prayed to the Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva in hopes of salvation. He sought out a nun in Beijing for a copy of the “Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra” and endeavored to copy out the sutra by hand, considered an act of merit and devotion in Buddhism.


    Jiang Zemin at the 18th National Congress in Beijing on Nov. 14, 2012. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

    But Jiang has so far been unable to escape political demise. Xi’s campaign has eliminated Jiang’s allies one by one, leaving Jiang with limited clout.

    Zhang Dun contributed to this report.
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    Graphic by BIVN: image of Hakalau property by Hawaiʻi County Planning Department (left) next to Decision and Order

    Damages Awarded In Hakalau Gender Identity Discrimination Case
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    HONOLULU, Hawaiʻi - The Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission awarded $95,000 in a housing discrimination case involving a Qigong retreat on the big Island.


    file image of Jeffrey Primack from a 2018 planning commission hearing

    (BIVN) – The landlord of a property in Hakalau was found to have discriminated against a caretaker based on her gender identity, the Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission decided.

    The commission issued a news release on Monday, although the final decision and order was issued on November 30, 2018. Landlord Jeffrey Primack, the respondent in the case, did not appeal the decision.

    The complainant, Kiona Boyd, was previously a caretaker for Primack’s Hakalau-area ag land off Kama’e’e Road, and was living in a yurt on the property.

    Primack resides in Florida and occasionally visits the Hakalau property to host Qigong retreats, the state’s findings say.

    On July 2, 2015, according to the Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission hearing examiner’s findings of facts, Primack told Boyd “to leave the property because he believed his guests for his Qigong retreat would react negatively toward her because of her gender transition.” Threatening text messages followed, the findings show.

    In the commission’s decision and order, Boyd was awarded a total of $95,000 in damages, including $75,000 in emotional distress damages and $20,000 in punitive damages. Primack did not appeal the decision, the commission says.

    According to the Hawaiʻi County Planning Department, Primack was cited with a zoning code violation in Janaury 2017 for offering unpermitted retreat functions on the property. Primack appeared before the Windward Planning Commission on March 1, 2018, seeking a Special Permit to legitimize the operation that included overnight accommodations for up to twelve guests and the development of a certified kitchen on a 15-acre portion of the larger, 98-acre parcel.

    As he appeared before the Planning Commission, Primack was already embroiled in motions and hearings regarding Boyd’s housing discrimination complaint, although the matter was not discussed during the planning meeting. The planning commissioners voted to grant Primack the Special Permit. Less than a year later, the Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission ruled on Boyd’s complaint.

    “The decision from the Commission reaffirms its commitment to the elimination of discrimination in housing,” said Executive Director, William D. Hoshijo, in a media release. “The award of punitive damages in the Commission’s Final Decision and Order should signal to housing providers that harassment, intimidation, and discrimination against individuals for expressing their gender identity will not be tolerated.”

    The news release provided by the Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission explains more about the case:

    Boyd’s fair housing complaint alleged that Primack harassed, threatened, and forced her off the subject property after he saw her expressing her gender identity for the first time in person. Boyd lived and worked as the property caretaker while Primack resided in Florida. Primack visited the Hawaiʻi property to hold Qigong retreats for his mainland-based business and first met Boyd in 2012 when she was using a name traditionally associated with the male gender and presented as male.

    At hearing, Boyd testified that she suffered emotional distress after Primack forced her off the property and harassed and threatened her both verbally and through text messages. Primack’s text messages included multiple threats to strangle, punch, and inflict pain on Boyd, belittled her gender identity and expression, and contained gender-based slurs. Primack gave Boyd one day’s notice to vacate the property, forcing her to become homeless and live out of her car.

    In the Commission hearing, Dr. Rebecca Stotzer, an expert on bias crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, offered expert testimony and a report on the pervasive stigmatization of transgender individuals, and research indicating that transgender women are at greater risk of being subjected to violence. In light of this heightened risk of harm, transgender individuals have reason to take threats of violence seriously, stated Dr. Stotzer.

    The Commission also ordered Jeffrey Primack to immediately cease and desist unlawful discriminatory practices, develop and implement a written anti-discrimination in real property transactions policy, and attend a fair housing training session. The Final Decision and Order in William D. Hoshijo, Executive Director, on behalf of Kiona E. Boyd v. Jeffrey David Primack, Dkt. No. 18-001-H-S, is posted on the HCRC webpage.
    The Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission is responsible for enforcing state civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and state-funded services. If you feel you have been subjected to discrimination on any basis protected under state law, contact the HCRC at: telephone (808) 586-8636, or email DLIR.HCRC.INFOR@hawaii.gov.
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    More on the Primack case above


    Her life was ruined after her famous employer discriminated against her. Now he won’t pay up.

    By Alex Bollinger · Monday, March 18, 2019


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    A transgender woman who won $95,000 in a discrimination claim in Hawaii is now trying to collect that reward.

    Kiona Boyd was the caretaker of a massive, 98-acre property owned by Qigong guru Jeff Primack. She also lived on the property, which is valued at over half a million dollars.

    Now she is living in her car and occasionally couch-surfing after Primack fired her when she transitioned.

    Last year the state Civil Rights Commission ruled that he discriminated against her and ordered him to pay $95,000, stop discriminating, and attend a fair housing training session.

    He has refused to comply, and the Commission filed a suit asking a circuit court to enforce its ruling.

    Boyd met Primack when she worked on his property and helped build a yurt there.

    “I just knew that I loved that land,” Boyd told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

    “And after the yurt was built, he asked if I could come and be the caretaker. And it was an immediate, ‘Yes, I’d love to live up here.’”

    She said that she had an idea that she was a woman for decades, but she was living as a man when she was hired by Boyd. In 2015, though, after the death of a coworker, she decided to honor that person’s memory and live her authentic life.

    Boyd said that people were supportive of her at first, then they changed.

    “But after a couple of months I noticed that people who were, like, ‘Namaste, we are all one, peace, love, harmony with nature’ turned out to be fake,” she said.

    Primack found out online about her transition and she learned through a neighbor that he was planning to fire her. He had asked the neighbor to take over her job.

    He started sending her threatening messages in July 2015 and sent around 100 in one day. According to the Civil Rights Commission’s report, his messages said things like “I don’t like girls who wear makeup… Let alone men,” “My fist in your face is direct,” and “I will strangle you… you ***** ass *****.”

    She was out of both a home and a job, and she couldn’t find another place to rent so she started living in her car.

    So she filed a complaint with the Civil Rights Commission.

    “They took my story,” Boyd said. “Took my case. Did a lot of investigation. Found validity in my claim. And it took off from there.”

    Even though the Commission ruled that he discriminated and he hasn’t filed an appeal, he still hasn’t paid her $95,000. She hasn’t been able to find another job because of a shoulder injury.

    “It damaged my credit when he fired and evicted me, and I haven’t been able to find housing for almost four years,” Boyd said.

    “Everybody feels that justice is served, but until he pays for what he’s done, he’s still business as usual,” she said.

    “He’s still booked at eleven places this year to have his seminars around the United States.”
    Winning a case is one thing. Getting paid reparations is another. My car was broken into decades ago and they caught the thieves right away. Years later, I was notified that they were found guilty and owed me reparations. I never saw them. The sleeping bag they stole out of my car was returned, but that was it. And like I said, it was years later, so I had already replaced it.
    Gene Ching
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    Conquering Any Disease?

    More on Primack here and here.



    Jeff Primack, Founder of Supreme Science Qigong Center, Just Released the 2020 Edition of the Critically Acclaimed Food Healing Book 'Conquering Any Disease'

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    12/17/2019 10:46:15 AM

    (MENAFN - Newswire) CORAL SPRINGS, Fla., December 17, 2019(Newswire.com) - Qigong is the practice of increasing life force energy and improving quality of life. No one knows how to do this better than its founder and expert practitioner Jeff Primack. Primack not only founded the renowned Supreme Science Qigong Center in 1999 but has also spent years teaching and educating others on revolutionary ways to unlock their human potential.

    'Conquering Any Disease,' one of Primack's most insightful books, is packed with 300 pages of life-saving wisdom, was originally published in 2005. Now back by popular demand, the 2020 edition is giving some much-needed clarity on the latest diet trends such as keto, gluten-free, vegan and paleo to name a few, and whether these fads are harmful or beneficial.

    Primack's passion for natural, energy healing is evident as you read through his books which he uses as tools to pass his knowledge on to others. Through seminars and teachings, many people have come to learn about Primack's belief and practice of natural healing through foods.

    For the readers who enjoyed earlier editions of this book, the 2020 edition is the biggest update since the book was first published.

    For new fans, this book promises to be both scientific and user-friendly. This food healing manual gives readers a lot to ponder about as they begin a journey toward optimal health with a little help learned through ancient truth.

    'Qigong connects people to the spirit and natural state of being. What you eat contributes to your overall health, and it is possible to reverse health issues through natural food remedies. My book shows you how,' says Jeff Primack, author of Conquering Any Disease and founder of Supreme Science Qigong Center.

    Supreme Science Qigong Center was founded by Jeff Primack in 1999. Since then, he has taught over 50,000 people in his Qi Revolution live seminars – dedicating his life to 'teaching as many people as possible about natural healing through food, Qigong, meditation, and high-powered breathing.' He has collected his food-healing knowledge from countless sources, including well-known Qigong Masters & Naturopathic Doctors. For more information about Supreme Science Qigong Center, visit www.qigong.com .
    Nice website address.
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    Liu Shanglin

    27-Year-Old Chinese Man Dies From a 54-Day Water Fast as Prescribed by Qigong Master
    Hannah C.Jun 26, 2020 03:36 AM EDT

    A 27-year old Chinese man died at a rehabilitation health center after not eating for 54 days. The 'health treatment' of consuming only water for supposedly 70 days was prescribed by his Qigong master, Liu Shanglin.

    Qigong is an ancient Chinese health method, more than 5,000 years old, combining rhythmic breathing and mental concentration with slow, graceful movements. As a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is often called Chinese yoga.

    Dr. Roger Jahnke, author of 'The Healing Promise of Qi,' said, 'Qigong is not exercise - it is a dynamic meditation. Doing repetitions is not the focus, it is the conscious application of three intentful corrections - lengthen the spine, deepen the breath, clear the mind, or visualize healing.'

    The young Chinese man, known by his surname Li, left his home and moved to a private facility to follow the teachings of Liu Shanglin in 2017, shared his family. Li was told to go on a 70-day water fast for his health to improve as he struggled with mental problems.



    Water Fast
    Water fasting has proved to have clinical effectiveness in rebooting the body. According to Dr. Alan Goldhamer, who supervises therapeutic fasting for his patients, led a study showing the benefits of water-only fasting.

    He founded the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, where their typical fasting regimen included diet, sleep, exercise, and fasting. His water fast study focused on patients with hypertension or high blood pressure.

    174 participants had two to three days to pre-fast on fruits and vegetables before transitioning to a water-only fast for about 10 to 11 days. Then, they had a refeeding period of about one week to a low-fat, low-sodium, vegan diet.

    Dr. Goldhamer said that water fasts may last from any time between five and 40 days. 'The idea is to fast as briefly as possible, but as long as necessary, to accomplish your desired goals.'

    One of his most recent studies this year shows how medically supervised water fasting can potentially stop tumor growth. The study focused on a woman with obesity, hypertension, and inflammation in her kidney and ureter. After a 13-day water fast 11 days of a plant-based diet after, the golf-ball tumor in her stomach shrunk by almost 50%.

    Weight-Loss Treatment
    One of the staff at the Chinese rehab center, who remains anonymous, shared that Li didn't have any problems. He just talks to himself a little bit sometimes. He was quite heavy. He was about 180 kilos (397 pounds). The teacher then asked him not to eat and said it was good for his health.'

    Mr. Liu told reporters that the water fast treatment usually lasts five to seven days and it was Mr. Li's decision to extend his own diet. After almost two months, Li died of starvation.

    Liu Shanglin was detained by local police in the Heilongjiang province, who owns the Riyuexia Elderly Forest Rehabilitation Center. A family member shared that Mr. Li paid over $700 for the recent treatment for wanting to lose some weight. The investigation is still ongoing, according to local authorities.
    That's way too long for a water fast. When I used to fast, I'd be lucky to go just a few days.
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