December 11, 2012
This is a sham of an organization to say the least. I'm still confused as to how they received 501c3 nonprofit status with the IRS as their mission statement is as convoluted and self-serving as the people in leadership positions. I reached out to this organization one afternoon to inquire about their services and was met with a rude and arrogant individual that basically didn't want to be bothered; he said he would have his assistant call me back. It was obvious to me that he not only didn't care enough about my inquiry but he also had no clue how to explain to me what exactly the organization does. I probably should have not perused any further association with this organization, but I was intrigued by their alleged 'free' meditation services. I attended a session and listened to a 'dharma talk' which consisted of two alleged Buddhist monk's in front of a small audience spewing self righteous banter and pawning it off as the Buddha's teachings. What I found most disturbing is that they ridiculed anyone that had questions, simply stating antidotal 'solutions' like, 'instead of asking me that, you really need to sit with yourself and come to terms as to why you feel that way'. Talk about self righteousness! As I headed out at the end, I was bombarded by these two 'monks' asking for 'dana' or a donation, for their services. I was appalled that they corned me and asked me for money in this manner since they proclaim themselves and their organization to be selfless, compassionate, and live through the Buddha's teachings. I was shocked that people that have seemingly dedicated their lives to 'compassionate action' could be so hypocritical to the very people they proclaim to serve and support. Please be wary of these people and this organization. I am still unsure of what they do and why they need nonprofit status.
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MY ROLE:General Member of the Public Review from Guidestar