Thomas Fry, an American student and sometime visitor to Mongolia now tells the world (and we quote):
"... the temple that sent me here, has decided to withdraw me from Mongolia and suspend in-country operations. I’ll be heading home to the States in about 10 days, with no plans to return."
However, links on said organization's websites still continue to breathlessly solicit donations for what it calls "Mongolian Buddhism Revival."
Seems like we're not getting the whole story, as apparently, young Mr. Fry's welcome was wearing a bit thin, and U.S. Department of State was investigating. Odd they should come here, though, as we find ourselves sadly unable to give references:
On numerous occasions during his visits, Fry, who calls himself Konchog Norbu, and dresses up as a "Tibetan lama" reported (both privately and in public) that he felt himself at risk from shamans.
UPDATED: If this post seems mean-spirited, I should perhaps explain why I bother to comment at all. In the past, I encouraged the readers of this 'blog to donate money to this young man and his Mongolian adventure. I did this on impulse, because I wanted to find a way to help Mongolian Buddhists. Later, when I had the opportunity to examine the financial records, I realized what a mistake I had made. I felt very badly about this, and apparently so did the Internal Revenue Service.
It is a well-known trap to point out the faults of others and ignore your own. I freely admit that I have many faults, and if others like to point them out, that is fine with me. That is a blessing, actually, because it assists the faults to extinguish themselves -- which they will do -- naturally and eventually.