wow, from out of left field a contact from the ordained Sangha - a Bhikkshuni from Iowa, blasted into the comment section and declared us anathema in a libelous attack. Oh what an opportunity to Practice! To return Generosity, Compassion and Wisdom when shunned. I am truly blessed to have this practice.
I have never had any conversation with any of the ordained Sangha beyond Venerable Dr Karuna Dharma, or Sensei or Bhante Vimalaramsi. Venerable asked the Bhikkhunis to give me higher ordination and the elders said yes and everything was arranged but a month before a certain clique in Northern Californa refused saying they did not consider Sensei a teacher. But no one spoke to her or to me.
Had any of them a whit of inner guidance or an elementary practice of the eight fold path they would have great enough clarity to see ours is a spiritual partnership - Noble Friendship, not one to discard - a treasure to hold forever and prosper from. Now sangha members are judging us on what basis? Gossip, apparently, disregarding Dhamma or their precepts.
As the junior in this I have been unable to speak openly before, always counseled by Sensei to maintain deportment myself, never to criticize Sangha members or defend either myself or her. Others who have received similar treatment just left without further discussion, unless they went on to become rich and famous - then the treatment changes! This small historical record will speak for us to those who need it or find it beneficial. If the same is happening to you my heart goes out to you. Remember we are in good company, this same scenario has played out many times, and yet we sing.
Oh what drama, never mind - the hummingbirds at play.