CANADA’S EX-TOP SCIENTOLOGIST NOW A BUDDHOLOGIST

Toronto (September 7, 2014). Bryan Levman, secretary of the Buddhist Council of Canada and close associate of Suwanda H.J. Sugunasiri, obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in “Buddhology” on June 9, 2014.

Bryan Levman
Bryan Levman

In June 1974, Macleans magazine ran an article about “The Rev. Bryan Levman, Canada’s chief Scientologist,” described as 27 year old “straggly bearded former music teacher” and “a practicing Jew.” Ironically, Levman is quoted concerning Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s “Fair Game Law,” in which “people found in a ‘condition of enemy’: ‘may be deprived of property or injured by a Scientologist without discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.’” Levman himself was expelled from the Church in February 1982 and added to the Church of Scientology’s “enemy list” in 1992 when he was declared to be a “suppressed person,” probably in connection with a court case in which he testified against the Church for five days in April in the same year. According to the Church, a suppressive person is “a person who seeks to suppress, or squash, any betterment activity or group. A suppressive person suppresses other people in his vicinity. This is the person whose behavior is calculated to be disastrous. ‘Suppressive person’ or a ‘suppressive’ is another name for the ‘antisocial personality.’” Levman himself testified under an immunity from prosecution agreement, and admitted to authorizing break-ins, plants, and lying.

Levman went on to become the right-hand man of Suwanda Sugunasiri, the founder of the Nalanda College of Buddhist Studies, a fake Buddhist “college” that Sugunasiri ran out of his University of Toronto office, which was denied permission to offer Bachelor’s degrees in Buddhist Studies by the Ontario Ministry of Education in 2006 and subsequently closed down, and the President of the revived Buddhist Council of Canada, which was closed down in 1989 by the Canada Revenue Agency for failure to file financial statements.  The Nalanda College website was subsequently used to sell the “Fleshlight” male sex toy until it was finally closed down. We have featured the Nalanda College of Buddhist Studies and Dr. Sugunasiri previously in this blog under the post, “FAKE BUDDHIST COLLEGE SEEKS FUNDING TO RE-OPEN IN TORONTO.”

References

Bryan Levman
Church ‘Altered Minds’ Trial Told
City of Clearwater Commission Hearings re: Church of Scientology
Congratulations Dr. Bryan Levman!
Ruby Outlines Case for Scientologists
Scientology Enemies List
Scientology History in Toronto
The Crown vs. Church of Scientology, Court of Appeals for Ontario
The Weird World of Scientology (Maclean’s, June 1974) 

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