Don (schrodinger) wrote in uw,

Scary Shit

Apparently there's a group being established here in Seattle called the "Dahn Tao Institute." According to some experts who've been following up on the group, the Dahn Tao Institute is basically a cult, which practices in brain washing and the exploitation of its members. Personal accounts from this group can be found here. For example:

"I was a member of Dahn Hak for many years and eventually worked there. It was only after I starting working that I saw what was really going on. I was badgered into leaving my spouse and as soon as my divorce was final their hidden agenda became obvious. They began urging me to marry a Korean Dahn 'master,' so that person could stay in the US. These people are very dangerous and should not be taken lightly. I have seen friends influenced to sell their homes and engage in what seems like illegal marriages. My old friends in the group are now in such poor condition mentally that it shocks me. I can't believe I once fell for their lies. I pray every day that Dahn Hak is exposed for what it really is!"

Now, you may be wondering what this has to do with the UW. Apparently, this same group also managed to hold a big festival here last month for $50-$95 a ticket. According to an article from the Seattle P.I.:

About 1,000 people are attending the one-day Brain Respiration Festival at Meany Hall on the University of Washington campus. Schools in Las Vegas, the Los Angeles area and Florida are using brain respiration techniques in the classroom. The movement has its own quarterly magazine, body & brain.

Does anyone else find this to be, well... greatly disturbing? I personally do not enjoy the idea of having our school auditoriums being used so that cult groups can recruit confused and idealistic college kids looking for easy answers.

I'd like to hear some thoughts on the matter.

Because I honestly don't know what to make of this.
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