Tuesday, 27 July 2010

What's in a Name?

A Lot that We Dont Want You To Know.

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! (more at FWBO Files)

1 comment:

  1. Interesting.
    I was just reading an article about a cult which was originally called the "Children of God". (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_International) they have changed their name no less than three times and I imagine for similar reasons that the FWBO have changed theirs.
    It is a predictable ploy but people will still find out about their ways either online or - if they are unlucky - when they are subjected to them on a retreat, in a community or in a centre!
    Well done for placing a warning to people online. Your actions may have saved many many people from being duped and taken advantage of by the FWBO/Triratna.