The rise of scamgong 3

The last part concludes that scamgong is an art of selling placebo and meaningless fake achievements to people while dragging and distracting them as far as possible from actual cultivation and spiritual practice.

Now that we laid the foundation of the topic, we can go deeper into it. The scamgong is not only what is extremely obvious non-working and on the surface. There are different levels and tiers to scamgong. I have seen through multiple systems and teachings, and scamgong levels varied from one to another. Sometimes you could even stumble upon a hidden gem under the pile of rubbish.

To evaluate the practices, you need to have something to compare. Just because something is working to an extent does not mean it is good. To honestly evaluate any system, you have to reach the top. Most people never get there; being stuck like a frog in the well at the bottom levels, they cannot see the system's limitations and flaws. They start deluding themselves, projecting the desired outcome of teaching into reality.
Discussing the scamgong, we are more interested in showing the principles rather than bashing or exposing particular individuals. Not only are there countless scamgong practitioners, and many more will be coming in the future. There are apparent scamgong teachers with millions of followers publicly talking nonsense about spiritual cultivation and ancient arts.

They are not worth discussing whenever they have millions or thousands of followers and students. Scamgong Master scams students not because he is some unique being or a rare animal in the divine garden. He can do it because the conditions for the scamgong exist.

Those conditions and principles are common among many. I will discuss some core principles in this article.

Principles of Scamgong

Lack of critical thinking and internal audit - there is a trend going online to glorify and blindly believe teachers.
"He is a spiritual teacher and a divine figure" - not to be questioned or ever doubted. Zealous, fanatical students are identical to sheep walking into the slaughterhouse. When you ask them any critical questions about why they are going there and what they hope to achieve, they cannot answer anything meaningful and often become aggressive in defending their Master's bright name.

Public opinion is easy to form and manipulate, which is what scamgong teachers abuse to make themselves look like they are genuine Masters. There are fundamental norms and books about how an "enlightened Master" should behave or look. Having actual merits of cultivation and cosplaying oneself as having those in public is a profound internal difference. However, for most newcomers, cosplay, a fake version that they observe outside, is more appealing than reality. Cultivation cosplayers go as far in this art of pretending, where no genuine master would ever step.

Authentic Lineage

Being part of Authentic Lineage is a widespread concept that enables many scamgong schools. I will give a quote taken from one of the scamgong school websites.

"I am teaching from an authentic lineage from this branch, but won't name my teacher." - this is a highly appealing statement for prospective students. It instills a sense of security, certainty, and feeling special by being historically written. While those people clearly do not understand the meaning of the two words in the sentence: lineage and authentic.

A lineage, moreover authentic, has to have verification, tests, exams, and control in place. Otherwise, what does "Authentic" even mean? There is nobody in there to authenticate and supervise the teaching. The lineage with no control over who teaches their methods is a dead/broken lineage. If we are talking about a particular line of passing down, it has to be trackable, at the very least in 3 generations.

It is a bunch of nonsense tied together to improve sales. A lie said many times and recirculated around by people becomes public truth.

Here, the idea is to connect your teaching to known Ancient lineages or even reputable names like Zhang Sang Feng or Bodhidharma Damo.
In real-world lineages do not last; the chances of corruption and degradation with passing age increase, not decrease. Accidents happen, and even Masters can die without passing down their skill and knowledge.

On the other hand, the bad news for those who bow to spiritual authority and titles is that you can buy anything in human society. You can become a Daoist Master with a legend on Wikipedia and books written by professional writers that talk about you like a Deity sent by 3 Immortal Sages. You may become a holder of a specific lineage, a Lama, or a Tulku, be recognized for your past life achievements, all the status things attainable within a particular price tag, or connection within power circles.

Fruits of Practice

One of the effective ways to evaluate any Master is by looking at his students.
Ask them what they have learned/gained after training with the particular Master. If they cannot answer anything meaningful in their own words, it is a red flag.
After 5-10+ years of training, higher-level students should be able to demonstrate or showcase practical skills and personal qualities that no average untrained individual can have. Otherwise, that means they have been wasting their life away while listening to esoteric junk.

It is a bad sign if a Teacher has been active for decades, and high-level students do not exist. People don't stay in scamgong/destructive cult sects once they realize what it is genuinely, and they will recognize it once they spend enough time.
Those kinds of Masters are not interested in higher-level Adepts, so they keep teaching beginner courses repeatedly for decades, primarily preying on newbies and people without significant knowledge, experience, and skill in cultivation, as those won't be able to spot scamgong.
Lack of self-reflection skills causes fake Masters to use the years spent teaching as a milestone of achievement and proof of "deep experience in art." The years of experience in practice or teaching itself do not tell us anything about someone's qualifications or skill, unlike the inability to grow anyone to a high level, which is very telling.


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