I have wondered over the years why Peter Yeung (PY) didn’t have more students from his local area in Newcastle, or the UK for that matter; international students make up the bulk of his current following.
PY brainwashed these students by explaining that locals lack the merit to learn from around an authentic lama. But a simple examination would reveal the more straightforward truth — locals have had 40 years to familiarise themselves with PY’s true character and methods.
Quoting anon27 from this blog post:
Over 20 years, every student we saw that achieve things either in Buddhism, in martial arts, or in life, or who had good relationships in the real world, left Peter Yeung.
Here are some comments extracted from various forums regarding experiences with PY:
With regards to the below underlined statement…
…archived Pathgate webpages reveal a now deleted section called Media Report on Dr. P Young. One can’t help but notice the consistency of writing style in these articles.
The Pathgate website also used to include huge sections devoted to praising PY:
Testimony of The Miraculous Acts of Truth
Reflection On Being A Student of Lama Dondrup Dorje
When I read through them before I became a student, I remembered thinking that the writing all appear remarkably similar in tone, as if they were edited by the same person. I also had lingering doubts about why a so-called Buddhist teacher would need such lavish praise from his students, it just seemed over the top, and unaligned with Buddhist ethics.
Notably, PY instructed these sections to be removed in 2012, as he evolved his persona from martial artist to full-fledged Buddhist teacher — I was around when this happened.
The below post is consistent with the testimony of “J”, who wrote about his experience with PY in the 70s here, regarding his pattern of claiming expertise and authority to teach when he has none:
The following is sent to our Facebook page early this year:
Again, this corresponds to prior testimonies, in this case provided by a forum poster here, who said:
‘Aside from his first name, the only thing I ever heard Penor Rinpoche call Peter was a liar. This was during the summer retreat, where Rinpoche said he did not “take money from liars”, and refused Peter’s monetary offering in front of the entire group of retreatants.’
Finally, a recent comment by an ex-student on this blog post.
Peter Yeung’s history of deception extends back for 40 years. Apologists may believe that critics who speak out are isolated cases — disgruntled ex-students or jealous competitors. But this is simply not true. Given the small size of PY’s following and the secrecy surrounding his organisation, the amount of testimonies and allegations against him, as I have compiled here, should be considered to be extremely significant.