Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Holy Hell

[ed. - Premiering this week at the Sundance Film Festival was a documentary about the relatively small (in comparison to The Fellowship of Friends) Buddhafield cult. It was filmed and directed by former member Will Allen. Here is an interview with Allen: Holy Hell. (I recommend reading the entire interview.)

This Vanity Fair article reveals a cult of personality, similar to that seen in Robert Burton and the Fellowship (and to which Asaf Braverman appears to aspire.) The cult indoctrination process is virtually identical.

The same confusion, anger, and shame expressed by Buddhafield victims has been echoed by many of Robert Burton's victims over the years. There's a conversation about the film on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion.

One of the more notable similarities is how ex-Buddhafield and ex-Fellowship members perceive their groups as having begun as noble undertakings that only after many years degenerated into something quite the opposite. "jomopinata" describes this as "the dominant myth."]

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