Lama Tsultrim Allione about Naropa in the 1970s:
Although I enjoyed living in a Buddhist community, after several
years I felt unhappy with the patriarchal, hierarchical, structured
organization there. I also felt I was often parroting the words of
Trungpa Rinpoche and losing touch with my experience. I was becoming an
expert rather than a beginner.
Although I could appreciate the
benefits of this structure, I felt the ever-increasing forms and rituals
and my attempts to fit into the organization were creating an inner
conflict and my practice was not progressing."
"While the critique of patriarchy and the
revisioning of Buddhist thought and practice so that it is no longer
informed by patriarchal bias is a political, ethical, and spiritual
struggle that is essential and ongoing, it must never overshadow
commitment to Buddhist practice." bell hooks