Monday, May 14, 2007

UPDATE: Marc Gafni and his enablers

Marc Gafni / Arthur Kurzweil / Diane Hamilton (AKA: Musho Sensei)

Below are some questions that need answering. . .
  1. Why would Arthur Kurzweil still associate with confessed child molester Mordechai Gafni?
  2. Why is Diane Musho Hamilton hanging around with Marc and why is she helping Marc Gafni get speaking engagements? Remember Gafni confessed to his past history of clergy sexual abuse / spiritual abuse!
  3. Bruce Hogen Lambson, spokesperson for Genpo Merzel Roshi, stated Gafni has nothing to do with the Zen Center of Utah. Lambson stated in a letter that Genpo Roshi had to walk away from being Mordechai Winartz's spiritual advisor (see below).
  4. Is Genpo Roshi aware that one of his workshop facilitators of the Big Mind Center is promoting a confessed rapist?
  5. Does Diane Hamilton (AKA: Musho Sensei) believe she can replace Roshi as Mark Gafni's spiritual advisor?
  6. Does Diane believe she can "heal" this confessed serial sex offender?
  7. Does anyone know if Marc Winartz has a new name yet? If he does, what is he going by?
  • Diane "Musho" Hamilton is married to former Utah Supreme Court justice Michael Zimmerman.
  • Gafni recently submitted an article to Arthur Kurzweil's magazine - Parabola magazine for its next issue. Kurzweil is the author of Kabbalah For Dummies and On The Road With Adin Steinsaltz.

To Whom It May Concern,

For the sake of clarity, let me give a little history of this situation along with our official position on the matter.

A few years ago, when Ken Wilber and Integral Institute began a series of conferences and workshops on Integral Spirituality. This where Genpo Roshi, as a participant in these events, met Marc Gafni, along with numerous other spiritual leaders of many traditions. At one of those events at Integral Spiritual Center, Marc Gafni asked Genpo Roshi to become his spiritual guide.

On March 19, 2006, Marc Gafni conducted a one day workshop at our place in Salt Lake in front of a group of about 50. At the time we had no idea of his past history and no reason to suspect anything.

In May of 2006, we began to hear of, and read reports of, the events at Bayit Chadash. Soon after, Genpo Roshi, in consultation with Ken Wilber and others, was asked to help resolve the situation there and had conversations with the parties involved. For a couple of months thereafter, Genpo Roshi was available to work with Marc Gafni. However, Genpo Roshi ended the relationship soon afterwards, because it became too time-consuming for him, as he is president of four non-profit organizations, works with thousands of students, and frequently travels North America and Europe as part of his busy teaching schedule.

There is no official relationship between Genpo Roshi, Kanzeon Zen Center or Big Mind with Marc Gafni. He's not a teacher or a member here, nor is he studying with Genpo Roshi privately. We do not endorse or support him in any way.

We do not know his address or contact information.

Bruce Hogen Lambson, Administrator

Kanzeon Sangha International
Kanzeon Zen Center Utah
Big Mind, Inc.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what rabbi Saul Berman has to say about all of this? Does he still support Gafni? Did he ever apologies to all the people he attacked?

May 15, 2007 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a few youtube video's of Gafni's guru. Is "Big Mind" a cult?

Dualist Mind

Voice of the Skeptic

May 15, 2007 11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it is fair to label some of these people enablers when their letter is very clear and appropriate. You should alter this entry because it is misleading. I am a fan of what you do generally but I think its important to not get a name for being irresponsible in accusations. I thought Elan Adler was unfairly labeled as well.

May 16, 2007 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Luke said...

How did Gafni’s defenders Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and Rabbi Saul Berman react to the news that their boy had been bad? I understand that Rabbi Telushkin went into a rage that lasted for days against Gafni. Rabbi Berman continued to believe that he had done the right thing in attacking unsavory people such as Vicki Polin and myself. If he had to choose between the Marc Gafnis and Luke Fords of the world, Berman would always choose the Marc Gafnis.

Gafni doesn’t have close friends, but he’s a great name dropper. It’s easy for him to bond with people similarly obsessed with influence and power.

May 17, 2007 11:35 PM  

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