14 episodes

A podcast about growing up in a Tibetan Buddhist cult in America.

BACKGROUND:
Una Morera was raised in the largest community of Buddhists in America, led by the enigmatic and outrageous Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, in Boulder, Colorado.

Escaping Tibet in 1959, Trungpa Rinpoche made his way to America to teach the dharma and surround himself with Western students.

Right after Una was born, her mother met Trungpa Rinpoche, and four years later, they would join his thriving community in Boulder, Colorado.

Responsible for introducing meditation to the West, Trungpa Rinpoche was also responsible for his own brand of self-proclaimed crazy wisdom, which included drinking to excess, having sex with his students, and pushing the limits of conventionality.

Growing up in this community, Una witnessed the birth of a secret society of dharma practitioners who, with Trungpa Rinpoche’s help, created a deadly environment of sexual predation, classism, and blind assent.

Una learned the teachings of the dharma and the actions of dharma students were two very different things.

This is a story about discovering who she really is after a lifetime of living and breathing a spiritual path based on ancient secrets and modern deceptions.

Uncoverage Una Morera

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 47 Ratings

A podcast about growing up in a Tibetan Buddhist cult in America.

BACKGROUND:
Una Morera was raised in the largest community of Buddhists in America, led by the enigmatic and outrageous Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, in Boulder, Colorado.

Escaping Tibet in 1959, Trungpa Rinpoche made his way to America to teach the dharma and surround himself with Western students.

Right after Una was born, her mother met Trungpa Rinpoche, and four years later, they would join his thriving community in Boulder, Colorado.

Responsible for introducing meditation to the West, Trungpa Rinpoche was also responsible for his own brand of self-proclaimed crazy wisdom, which included drinking to excess, having sex with his students, and pushing the limits of conventionality.

Growing up in this community, Una witnessed the birth of a secret society of dharma practitioners who, with Trungpa Rinpoche’s help, created a deadly environment of sexual predation, classism, and blind assent.

Una learned the teachings of the dharma and the actions of dharma students were two very different things.

This is a story about discovering who she really is after a lifetime of living and breathing a spiritual path based on ancient secrets and modern deceptions.

    Epilogue

    Epilogue

    This is the EPILOGUE of UNCOVERAGE, wherein I ramble about the podcast and share my thoughts on various subjects and episodes, and reveal other bits of detritus from my mind.

    BACKGROUND:
    Una Morera was raised in the largest community of Buddhists in America, led by the enigmatic and outrageous Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, in Boulder, Colorado.

    Escaping Tibet in 1959, Trungpa Rinpoche made his way to America to teach the dharma and surround himself with Western students.

    Right after Una was born, her mother met Trungpa Rinpoche, and four years later, she would join his thriving community in Boulder, Colorado.

    Responsible for introducing meditation to the West, Trungpa Rinpoche was also responsible for his own brand of self-proclaimed crazy wisdom, which included drinking to excess, having sex with his students, and pushing the limits of conventionality.

    Growing up in this community, Una witnessed the birth of a secret society of dharma practitioners who, with Trungpa Rinpoche’s help, created a deadly environment of sexual predation, classism, and blind assent.

    Una learned the teachings of the dharma and the actions of dharma students were two very different things.

    This is a story about discovering who she really is after a lifetime of living and breathing a spiritual path based on ancient secrets and modern deceptions.

    EPISODE CREDITS:
    Please share where podcasts are shared
    Our theme music is performed and produced by Ryder Cooley and the Dust Bowl Faeries.
    Buy their music at dustbowlfaeries.com
    Written and produced by Una Morera
    Very special thanks to Mike Schoonmaker
    Special thanks to Eric Leven and Dean Haspiel
    Special thanks to Jason Gambrell, Mia Lobel, and Malcolm Gladwell
    Sound effects from freesound.org
    BBC
    Soundstripe.com
    Logo Art Direction by Jaime Lamond
    Dedicated to Daniel Dalseth

    • 31 min
    E12 - The Last Note

    E12 - The Last Note

    In this final episode of UNCOVERAGE, Una is high up in the Colorado Rockies with Trungpa Rinpoche at a military program called Encampment where anything can happen.

    *This episode contains sexual abuse and may be upsetting or offensive. Please take care of yourself.

    BACKGROUND:
    Una Morera was raised in the largest community of Buddhists in America, led by the enigmatic and outrageous Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, in Boulder, Colorado.

    Escaping Tibet in 1959, Trungpa Rinpoche made his way to America to teach the dharma and surround himself with Western students.

    Right after Una was born, her mother met Trungpa Rinpoche, and four years later, she would join his thriving community in Boulder, Colorado.

    Responsible for introducing meditation to the West, Trungpa Rinpoche was also responsible for his own brand of self-proclaimed crazy wisdom, which included drinking to excess, having sex with his students, and pushing the limits of conventionality.

    Growing up in this community, Una witnessed the birth of a secret society of dharma practitioners who, with Trungpa Rinpoche’s help, created a deadly environment of sexual predation, classism, and blind assent.

    Una learned the teachings of the dharma and the actions of dharma students were two very different things.

    This is a story about discovering who she really is after a lifetime of living and breathing a spiritual path based on ancient secrets and modern deceptions.

    EPISODE CREDITS:
    Please share where podcasts are shared
    Our theme music is performed and produced by Ryder Cooley and the Dust Bowl Faeries.
    Buy their music at dustbowlfaeries.com
    Written and produced by Una Morera
    Very special thanks to Mike Schoonmaker
    Special thanks to Eric Leven and Dean Haspiel
    Special thanks to Jason Gambrell, Mia Lobel, and Malcolm Gladwell
    Sound effects from freesound.org
    BBC
    Soundstripe.com
    Logo Art Direction by Jaime Lamond
    Dedicated to Daniel Dalseth

    • 53 min
    UNCOVERAGE, UNWRAPPED - LIVE EVENT on 1/15/22

    UNCOVERAGE, UNWRAPPED - LIVE EVENT on 1/15/22

    Hello UNCOVERAGE podcast listeners!
    I wanted to let you all know about a special zoom chat I’m doing on January 15 at 2 pm EST.

    Please register at:
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uncoverage-unwrapped-tickets-227283048717

    As I bring this podcast to a close, I felt it was important to give listeners a chance to speak with me in person. Well, as in person as we can all be these days...

    So join me on January 15!
    Oh! And, it's free!

    BACKGROUND:
    Una Morera was raised in the largest community of Buddhists in America, led by the enigmatic and outrageous Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, in Boulder, Colorado.

    Escaping Tibet in 1959, Trungpa Rinpoche made his way to America to teach the dharma and surround himself with Western students.

    Right after Una was born, her mother met Trungpa Rinpoche, and four years later, she would join his thriving community in Boulder, Colorado.

    Responsible for introducing meditation to the West, Trungpa Rinpoche was also responsible for his own brand of self-proclaimed crazy wisdom, which included drinking to excess, having sex with his students, and pushing the limits of conventionality.

    Growing up in this community, Una witnessed the birth of a secret society of dharma practitioners who, with Trungpa Rinpoche’s help, created a deadly environment of sexual predation, classism, and blind assent.

    Una learned the teachings of the dharma and the actions of dharma students were two very different things.

    This is a story about discovering who she really is after a lifetime of living and breathing a spiritual path based on ancient secrets and modern deceptions.

    • 2 min
    E11 - Devotion to the Guru

    E11 - Devotion to the Guru

    After moving to Karme Choling, the dharma center in Barnet, Vermont, Una's nightmare of being known as a Buddhist to strangers becomes a living reality at school. Unable and unwilling to make friends her own age, she experiences a series of adult relationships, some are good, others prove to be confusing. At the center of it all is Trungpa Rinpoche.

    *This episode contains sexual abuse and may be upsetting or offensive. Please take care of yourself.

    BACKGROUND:
    Una Morera was raised in the largest community of Buddhists in America, led by the enigmatic and outrageous Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, in Boulder, Colorado.

    Escaping Tibet in 1959, Trungpa Rinpoche made his way to America to teach the dharma and surround himself with Western students.

    Right after Una was born, her mother met Trungpa Rinpoche, and four years later, she would join his thriving community in Boulder, Colorado.

    Responsible for introducing meditation to the West, Trungpa Rinpoche was also responsible for his own brand of self-proclaimed crazy wisdom, which included drinking to excess, having sex with his students, and pushing the limits of conventionality.

    Growing up in this community, Una witnessed the birth of a secret society of dharma practitioners who, with Trungpa Rinpoche’s help, created a deadly environment of sexual predation, classism, and blind assent.

    Una learned the teachings of the dharma and the actions of dharma students were two very different things.

    This is a story about discovering who she really is after a lifetime of living and breathing a spiritual path based on ancient secrets and modern deceptions.

    EPISODE CREDITS:
    Please share where podcasts are shared
    Our theme music is performed and produced by Ryder Cooley and the Dust Bowl Faeries.
    Buy their music at dustbowlfaeries.com
    Written and produced by Una Morera
    Very special thanks to Mike Schoonmaker
    Sound effects from freesound.org
    Logo Art Direction by Jaime Lamond

    • 26 min
    E10 - Three Wishes

    E10 - Three Wishes

    It's 1982 and Una's mother has had enough of Boulder. They pack up the car and move to a dharma center in Barnet, Vermont. On the way, they stop in New York City and stay at the Chelsea Hotel for a few days. On one of those afternoons, Una and her mother have lunch with her mother's family. Seeing her grandparents reminds Una of a trip she took to see them by herself, a few years earlier, to Fort Lauderdale.

    *This episode contains sexual abuse and may be upsetting or offensive. Please take care of yourself.

    BACKGROUND:
    Una Morera was raised in the largest community of Buddhists in America, led by the enigmatic and outrageous Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, in Boulder, Colorado.

    Escaping Tibet in 1959, Trungpa Rinpoche made his way to America to teach the dharma and surround himself with Western students.

    Right after Una was born, her mother met Trungpa Rinpoche, and four years later, she would join his thriving community in Boulder, Colorado.

    Responsible for introducing meditation to the West, Trungpa Rinpoche was also responsible for his own brand of self-proclaimed crazy wisdom, which included drinking to excess, having sex with his students, and pushing the limits of conventionality.

    Growing up in this community, Una witnessed the birth of a secret society of dharma practitioners who, with Trungpa Rinpoche’s help, created a deadly environment of sexual predation, classism, and blind assent.

    Una learned the teachings of the dharma and the actions of dharma students were two very different things.

    This is a story about discovering who she really is after a lifetime of living and breathing a spiritual path based on ancient secrets and modern deceptions.

    EPISODE CREDITS:
    Please share where podcasts are shared
    Our theme music is performed and produced by Ryder Cooley and the Dust Bowl Faeries.
    Buy their music at dustbowlfaeries.com
    Written and produced by Una Morera
    Very special thanks to Mike Schoonmaker
    Sound effects from freesound.org and soundstripe.com
    Logo Art Direction by Jaime Lamond
    Dedicated to Daniel Dalseth

    • 25 min
    E9 - The Garden Party

    E9 - The Garden Party

    Una attends a garden party for the teenagers with Trungpa Rinpoche at Kalapa Court, Trungpa Rinpoche's home.

    *This episode contains sexual abuse and may be upsetting or offensive. Please take care of yourself.

    BACKGROUND:
    Una Morera was raised in the largest community of Buddhists in America, led by the enigmatic and outrageous Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, in Boulder, Colorado.

    Escaping Tibet in 1959, Trungpa Rinpoche made his way to America to teach the dharma and surround himself with Western students.

    Right after Una was born, her mother met Trungpa Rinpoche, and four years later, she would join his thriving community in Boulder, Colorado.

    Responsible for introducing meditation to the West, Trungpa Rinpoche was also responsible for his own brand of self-proclaimed crazy wisdom, which included drinking to excess, having sex with his students, and pushing the limits of conventionality.

    Growing up in this community, Una witnessed the birth of a secret society of dharma practitioners who, with Trungpa Rinpoche’s help, created a deadly environment of sexual predation, classism, and blind assent.

    Una learned the teachings of the dharma and the actions of dharma students were two very different things.

    This is a story about discovering who she really is after a lifetime of living and breathing a spiritual path based on ancient secrets and modern deceptions.

    EPISODE CREDITS:
    Please share where podcasts are shared
    Written and produced by Una Morera
    Very special thanks to Mike Schoonmaker
    Special thanks to Eric Leven
    Sound effects from Soundstripe.com
    Logo Art Direction by Jaime Lamond
    Dedicated to Daniel Dalseth

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Riley-O ,

Mariah

You are telling/have told your story courageously, honestly, and gently. I’m floored; my heart goes out to you for what you’ve endured. Truth IS enlightening/empowering; perhaps this is the nectar we have so desperately wanted to drink by “following Shambhala”.

R_Marie23 ,

Timely and Courageous

A much needed insight into the the harms and abuses perpetrated by the founder of the Naropa University. It’s hard to listen to this and know he is still so widely venerated among Americans audiences.

undoing culture ,

An important story well told

A well told personal story done with diligent background research into one of the most influential spiritual communities in the US. The account of the harrowing incidents is level headed and informative, putting no-one down, created with care toward both the subjects and the listeners. Excellent work.

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