Buddhist and Religious Organizations Beware!

Please beware! William L Cassidy has a registered business in Nevada, the business he says, is “religious organization.”

As the posts on this blog demonstrate, Cassidy has masqueraded as a Tibetan Tulku in order to gain entry into Buddhist organizations and collect not only offerings, but uses the knowledge he gains from the organizations to begin turning people away from the Dharma.

Here is a link to his business listing:


For those of you who do not know who he is, or his ex-nun girlfriend, here are some photos:

Nydia Alexandra also known as

Please do not be fooled by these two. If they attempt to enter your center to offer advice, for the sake of Dharma turn them away.

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  1. Please beware that this couple may embody greed and pride for which yellow symbolizes the poison. The transforming compassionate practice antidote is equanimity equality giving. The Paramitas virtues to look for here are parami : transcendental wisdom, insight and Upekkhā.

  2. It seems that William Cassidy, aka “Tulku Urgyan Tenpa Rinpoche,” did not experience any rehabilitation during his recent year-long incarceration for a probation violation stemming from previous jail time on charges of beating his wife and burning down her business. He continues to harass members of the Buddhist community under a variety of guises.

    Cassidy is a con man, in the classic sense. The “con” is short for “confidence.” Such people seek to gain the confidence of others in order to effect their own gain and/or others’ harm. This is precisely Cassidy’s MO.

    Immediately after release from prison in early February, Cassidy returned to posting on his front blog entitled Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar. Here he maintains the fraudulent identity as “Tulku Urgyan Tenpa Rinpoche” even though no authoritative Buddhist lama has ever verified this, and in fact several have officially denied any such recognition.

    On Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar, Cassidy seeks to gain the reader’s confidence that he is a well-placed ‘dharma insider,’ simply because he can cut and paste information about the activities of working lamas and note their work with approval. He also seems to glean information from online relationships he has cultivated for the purpose of posting that information to make himself appear more important. It should be noted that this individual lives in a tent near Big Bear, CA, and has no known association with any Dharma organization whatsoever. The Nyingma lamas for whom he professes devotion do not acknowledge him.

    So this is the deception, but it gets more heinous than that. Calling himself Buddhist, Cassidy nonetheless is spending his time creating shadow blogs under pseudonyms with the express purpose of spreading slander against Buddhist organizations, teachers, and monastics. Such activity contravenes even the most basic refuge vows of a Buddhist.

    A recent blog set up specifically to slander Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo and, by association, the recently deceased HH Penor Rinpoche, seems to have been scrubbed due to legal inquiries. What remains links to his new project called Radio Free Palyul, which he authors under the pseudonyms of “Jim Duncan” or “Marshal Jim Duncan.” Cassidy has received no permission from anyone within Palyul to use the name of that monastic organization.

    Even as Cassidy continues to falsely portray himself as devotional toward HH Penor Rinpoche (a lama whom he had never met and who specifically disavowed him), hardly was the announcement made of His Holiness’ entry into his final meditation than Cassidy was breathlessly speculating about Palyul accession politics, and using the occasion to viciously slander one of the tulku enthroned by Penor Rinpoche, Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, and Penor Rinpoche’s closest monk attendant of many decades, Lobsang Choepel.

    Cassidy has also used Radio Free Palyul to display and misrepresent outdated documents pilfered from Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo’s organization, Kunzang Palyul Choling, about which legal action is pending.

    We send out a warning again to the Buddhist world: please use our unfortunate experience to protect yourselves and your Dharma organizations. William Cassidy in all his guises is only a con man who will seek to exploit you for his own livelihood, and will turn relentlessly vengeful if he feels he’s crossed.

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