William L. Hamilton: Saints & Psychopaths¶
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If you have a true saint for a teacher, then you have a real possibility for spiritual attainments, including enlightenment. If your teacher is a psychopath, then you may become a programmed puppet, and you risk being sexually or financially abused. You also may lose your job, family and possibly even your sanity. Eventually you risk disillusionment from pursuing any spiritual quests.
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Dedicated to Binky who’s support in many ways has made my work possible.
To Vivain Darst, John and Ann Rush, Mel Schneider, and Markell Brooks who provided me with food and shelter while I was writing this book and participated in proofreading it. Also helping in making corrections: Al Reed, Janice Gale, Ken Folk, Katy Belt, Michael Freeman, Gretel Shanley, Tamara Comstock and Bill Andreas. Special thanks to Carmen and Harold Carlson who provided help in making the first printing possible.
Excerpts in this book from the Dhammapada by William L. Hamilton.
Other Books by William L. Hamilton:
Synergetic Tool Primer
There are more psychopaths pretending to be saints than there are real saints. This book will provide you with some understanding of what a psychopath is, what a saint is and how to tell the difference. It is also a sharing of what Mr. Hamilton found in his own search for inner peace and ways to develop his unrealized potential. He provides a candid view of his experiences with a psychopathic teacher and a psychopathic wife which richly illustrate the type of behavior we should all watch out for.
This book is more than just a warning to watch out for false spiritual teachers. Mr. Hamilton draws on the experience of the Snowmass Contemplative Group which is a group of advanced contemplatives from many different religious traditions. They have developed an eclectic understanding of enlightenment from all religious traditions. Mr Hamilton extends and refines this view with his knowledge of Buddhist teaching which he believes provides the most detailed understanding of enlightenment. He cites scientific studies of enlightenment which take it beyond the realm of mystical experience, and develops it into a Western psychological concept.
Saints and Psychopaths provides us with an inspiration as to the possibility we all have for spiritual development and self discovery. It is a highly recommended guide book for all spiritual seekers.
William L. Hamilton has been meditating since 1971 and has done more than seven years of intensive meditation practice in meditation centers and monasteries. He has studied under some of the greatest meditation masters in the world. He has been teaching Buddhist vipassana meditation since 1985.
In addition to teaching, he has founded audio cassette production facilities for several nonprofit organizations including the Hanuman Foundation, Insight Meditation Society, and Insight Recordings. He now spends most of his time writing, teaching and developing a meditation retreat center.
- 1. Preface
- 2. Part I: Psychopaths
- 2.1. Psychopaths
- 2.1.1. There are more psychopaths than saints
- 2.1.2. The origins of psychopathy
- 2.1.3. Distinguishing saints from psychopaths
- 2.1.4. Amoral or immoral?
- 2.1.5. Seeds of destruction
- 2.1.6. The Big Lie
- 2.1.7. Spiritual scenes
- 2.1.8. The chorus of psychopaths
- 2.1.9. More claims than comets
- 2.1.10. The pattern of avoiding punishment
- 2.1.11. Psychopaths are self-destructive
- 2.1.12. Psychopaths crave attention
- 2.1.13. Motivating with guilt
- 2.1.14. Anxiety attacks
- 2.1.15. Organizations
- 2.1.16. Buddhism
- 2.1.17. Co-psychopaths
- 2.1.18. Helping a co-psychopath
- 2.1.19. Purity of motives offers protection
- 2.1.20. Psychopaths do not want to be cured
- 2.1.21. Conclusion
- 2.2. Screw U
- 2.2.1. The Hindu Tradition
- 2.2.2. Buddhism and Hinduism
- 2.2.3. The mysterious teacher
- 2.2.4. A call from the teacher
- 2.2.5. From Boulder to New York
- 2.2.6. Attending secret classes
- 2.2.7. The Divine Mother
- 2.2.8. Ram Dass leaves The Teachings
- 2.2.9. Ram Dass confesses
- 2.2.10. The inner circle
- 2.2.11. Special interpretations of reality
- 2.2.12. Teachers should be guides
- 2.3. Mukti
- 2.3.1. Feeling spiritually desolate
- 2.3.2. The three-month retreat
- 2.3.3. The clean slate
- 2.3.4. Our trip around the world
- 2.3.5. Getting married
- 2.3.6. India
- 2.3.7. Another clean slate
- 2.3.8. The financial crisis
- 2.3.9. The other strategy
- 2.3.10. Importing from India
- 2.3.11. Mukti stays in India
- 2.3.12. Reports from India
- 2.3.13. The American Express card
- 2.3.14. $20,000 a month in India
- 2.3.15. Back after fifteen months
- 2.3.16. “I stole that”
- 2.3.17. Another delayed insight
- 2.3.18. There are no limits to the evil that a liar can do
- 2.3.19. The divorce settlement
- 2.3.20. Maybe there wasn’t a trust fund
- 2.3.21. Cocaine Jane
- 2.3.22. There are no limits….
- 2.3.23. Saint Mukti
- 2.3.24. Need for attention
- 2.3.25. Trust and distrust
- 2.1. Psychopaths
- 3. Part II: Saints
- 3.1. Saints
- 3.1.1. What is a saint?
- 3.1.2. The Snowmass Contemplative Group
- 3.1.3. Contemplatives and enlightenment
- 3.1.4. Perceptual thresholds
- 3.1.5. The difficulty of describing enlightenment
- 3.1.6. Mystical Experiences
- 3.1.7. Moral paragons
- 3.1.8. Degrees of Enlightenment
- 3.1.9. The stream of consciousness
- 3.1.10. Stream-winner
- 3.1.11. Belief in self
- 3.1.12. Wave Theory vs Particle Theory
- 3.1.13. Deep insight
- 3.1.14. Nirvana
- 3.1.15. Parinirvana
- 3.1.16. Finding a teacher
- 3.1.17. Practice in Asia
- 3.1.18. The search
- 3.1.19. Conclusion
- 3.2. The Possibility of Enlightenment
- 3.2.1. Spiritual decline
- 3.2.2. The revival of enlightenment
- 3.2.3. Mainstream-entry
- 3.2.4. Buddhism encounters Buddhism
- 3.2.5. The way Buddha taught
- 3.2.6. Formless practice
- 3.2.7. Mahasatipatthana Sutta
- 3.2.8. The oral tradition
- 3.2.9. The wide variety of methods
- 3.2.10. The teacher is more important than the technique
- 3.2.11. The decline of the Buddha’s teaching
- 3.2.12. Transmission of the dharma
- 3.2.13. Follow instructions exactly
- 3.2.14. How Long to Enlightenment?
- 3.2.15. Some misconceptions about the possibility of enlightenment
- 3.2.16. Grace
- 3.2.17. Past lives
- 3.2.18. Avoid getting too complicated in moral reasoning
- 3.2.19. Diet
- 3.2.20. Celibacy
- 3.2.21. Asians and enlightenment
- 3.2.22. Sitting on the floor
- 3.2.23. Intelligence and enlightenment
- 3.2.24. Conclusion
- 3.3. The Embarrassment of Enlightenment
- 3.3.1. They think they cannot become enlightened.
- 3.3.2. Arbitrary models
- 3.3.3. Conforming to ideals
- 3.3.4. Belief in self
- 3.3.5. Psychic powers
- 3.3.6. Higher levels of enlightenment
- 3.3.7. Advanced Training
- 3.3.8. The probability of attaining higher levels
- 3.3.9. Reasonable and rational?
- 3.3.10. Being rational
- 3.3.11. Standards of the Theravada Commentaries
- 3.3.12. Differences in Eastern and Western logic.
- 3.3.13. Clear thinking and correct thinking
- 3.3.14. The Scientific method and Buddhism
- 3.3.15. They want to be enlightened
- 3.3.16. Enlightened teachers
- 3.3.17. Enlightenment and attainment
- 3.3.18. They think they are enlightened
- 3.3.19. The calm and concentrated mind
- 3.3.20. The Progress of Insight
- 3.3.21. They do not know
- 3.3.22. They do not want to say that they are enlightened
- 3.3.23. Living up to expectations
- 3.3.24. Explaining the unexplainable
- 3.3.25. Progress is measured by loss
- 3.3.26. Partly enlightened
- 3.3.27. The amount of time they have meditated
- 3.4. The Etiquette of Enlightenment
- 3.5. Conclusion
- 3.1. Saints
- 4. Glossary
- 5. Checklist for Saints and Psychopaths