17: Cult Indoctrination with Matthew Remski

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Matthew Remski is a Toronto-based yoga therapist and Ayurvedic consultant. He is the author of eight books, including Threads of Yoga: a remix of Patanjali’s Sutras with commentary and reverie and the forthcoming What Are We Actually Doing In Asana? Matthew offers razor-sharp insight and commentary into yoga culture at mathtewremski.com, as well as a number of online publications. He also spent time in two cults: the Gelukpa Tibetan Buddhist cult of Michael Roach and Charles Anderson’s Endeavor Academy. He has written extensively on both of these experiences to help others understand the indoctrination process, as well as how to heal after emerging from the spell of manipulative teachers. We started our conversation discussing Will Allen’s documentary, Holy Hell, which details the Buddhafield cult that emerged in Los Angeles in the nineteen eighties and, in another incarnation, still exists in Hawaii today. Needless to say, this is an intense conversation. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.

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