Dear Ven. Geshe-la, Feb. 29, 2016
I sincerely hope this letter finds you in good health and living for a very long time. I am writing in regards to the retaliation I have received for mentioning the lineage mixing that we have in California and mentioning to you specific people who have done this mixing and the people who may well be from other schools.
My family is being kept out of this year’s California Dharma Celebration, because we cannot pay the fees, and despite repeated emailing, they simply will not respond.
We have received no information regarding waived fees for California Dharma nor for the TTP which I asked to join at the same temple by correspondence. No one, it appears, is allowed to advocate on my behalf, and our estrangement from most of the Sangha has resulted in our not having friends to ask for help. I do not even know if our sponsor from the Portugal trip is even alive, as she quit speaking to me one day before the trip and I have only seen her at a few pujas since.
I cannot even get a response whether it is possible or not; for us, it is not possible to get up there AND pay the entry fee, so at this point, we will not be able to go. I am writing you, with much sadness in my heart and tears in my eyes, because not only did they take over your temples, but now if anyone says anything, that person is kept out using any excuse: in mine they use my lack of wealth as my disqualification.
I did long protector last night, and thought to go again to the temple, but it is like why am I practicing with people who all hate me? They hate me for doing your practice, Ven. Geshe-la, and for calling them out on their lies. Their lies harm all living beings, so please help us. We want very much to receive blessings and be part of your school, but this is not possible with the current wealth requirements.