Triratna Buddhist Community-The Friends of the Western Buddhist Order's New Disguise
A couple of years back, the FWBO changed its name. The post below explains the real reasons why this name change was necessary, namely that, despite years of trying to escape the stigma arising from revelations of long-running and widespread sexual abuse in the Order, they had been unable to put the scandal to rest. The abuse came to light in the FWBO Files, an investigation into and analysis of the doctrines of the FWBO by the British Buddhist scholar Gary BeesleyWhen the article below was published, one of the links it contained led to an extensive plan the FWBO web team devised to bring the Files down the Google ratings and thus quash the scandal. When the web team saw this, they removed all documentation and replaced it with a short, rather childish message mocking the FWBOs critics and concealing their plans, despite the fact that a) the plans had been disseminated throughout the Order and b) the allegations in the Files were all true-just click on the link and you will see the lies! The new page read:
Hello everybody and welcome to our Special Page
We made it because everybody knows the nasty FWBO Flies are a big big Problem
Here's what to do (it's easy really!)1. Close Your Eyes
2. Imagine something perfectly horrid (like those nasty nasty files!)
3. Blow Gently
See - it's all in the mind!
Another link led to a supposedly independent website set up by the UK Network of Buddhist Organizations, claiming (totally incorrectly) that all allegations against the FWBO had been 'thoroughly discredited' (None of the allegations have proven to be untrue). The original linked-to article was removed but I have now ensured that you can read the original; just click on the link!
So here is the article along with, beneath it, images of the plans originally posted by the FWBO to undermine the Files. Obviously, the plans didnt work and, in the end, the Order was forced to change its name.
What the original pages prove, as well as the real motive behind the name change, is the thoroughly disingenuous nature of the FWBO's web team, not to mention the contradiction between the publicly made promise to be open about and learn from their past mistakes as opposed to the rather cynical adjustments made to their public profile in their long running plan to hide them
The FWBO, dogged for years by allegations of misconduct, elitism and cultish behavior, has found the perfect way to avoid criticism-change it's name! From now on, the Order will be known as the Triratna Buddhist Community.
This is not the first time an organization has changed its name to protect itself from allegations about its own,checkered past; the Moonies did it, waning multi-national businesses do it, even dodgy fitted kitchen operations have proven that an annual declaration of bankruptcy and a rebranding under a new name is the perfect solution to flagging sales and bad press. So, the tactic is not unprecedented and, indeed, has a proven history of protecting the guilty from the scrutiny of the light of truth.it's also a well documented instance of cult behaviour....honest!
Since that time, the FWBO's IT geniuses have been working flat out to discredit the Files and bring them down Google's international ratings-they even set up an official, in-house webpage on how to bring the FWBO Files down the ratings! ( http://fwbo-centre-support.org/internet/thefiles )