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Dahn Hak Responds to CNN & Attempts to Discredit Accuser
« on: January 07, 2010, 07:10:57 PM »
http://dahnyogavoice.com/2010/01/02/dahn-yoga%E2%80%99s-response-to-cnn-broadcast/

    CNN has advertised the lead up to a story that they will begin airing on January 5, 2010. CNN’s report will be principally investigating claims in a recent lawsuit against Dahn Yoga. We are concerned that the sensational claims of the plaintiffs may get most of the attention, which would be unfortunate. The plaintiffs have used news media to try to pressure Dahn Yoga into a large monetary settlement. If CNN only listened to the plaintiffs, they would get a distorted story about Dahn Yoga.

    Therefore, we at Dahn Yoga have fervently tried to help CNN air a fair and balanced story. We hope that CNN does not allow itself to be a tool of plaintiffs in a law suit.

    1. The Lawsuit misrepresents Dahn Yoga, its employees and supporters

    Dahn Yoga consists of programs for health and well-being and has provided great benefits to more than one million people in 10 countries throughout the world since 1985. Insinuating that Dahn Yoga is a cult damages the reputation of the nearly 3000 Dahn Yoga instructors around the world who take pride in their work as professionals and the hundreds of thousands of Dahn Yoga members who happily choose Dahn Yoga as their program for health and wellness.

    2. Using the media as a means of exploitation

    In May of 2009, 27 former Dahn Yoga employees filed a lawsuit against us without any clear factual evidence. They claim that we are a cult that uses different tactics to brainwash our practitioners. Instead of properly presenting their claims in court, they are using the media to air their grievances, attempting to pressure us into a large monetary settlement. One of the arguments they are claiming is that they were overworked. You may have wondered about how long the instructors work at the center and what they do. We give the instructors at every center the liberty to create and set their own hours. If they are not spending their time teaching others and meeting with members, during their free time they have the benefit of utilizing the center as a place for their own personal-training and practice.

    The plaintiffs also claimed they were physically tortured and experienced mental distress. The physical and mental distress they speak of is the bowing and yeon-dahn (sleeping tiger, eagle posture, etc.) practice that we do in regular class. Bowing and yeon-dahn are methods of strengthening the body and calming the mind in ancient Asian practices from which Dahn Yoga was derived. Bowing is also a well-known form of physical training and meditation practiced by many traditions throughout history.
    Although the former employees have amended and re-filed their claims, they know that they still lack sufficient evidence to support their claims. Therefore they are making good on their threat to attack us with negative media coverage if we do not submit to their demands for tens of millions of dollars. We have not given into any of their demands because we are confident that we will win in court, and therefore they have continuously slandered us through the media in a campaign against our company and founder. CNN is now their latest attempt to extort money from Dahn Yoga.

    3. Attacking Ilchi Lee’s character and work

    CNN expressed a lot of interest in the plaintiffs’ claims and ideas about Ilchi Lee. They have asked questions and researched the plaintiffs’ claims, and we hope that they equally give space to Ilchi Lee’s 30-year dedication to health and peace and do not ignore his international recognition. Mr. Lee is the recipient of the Civic Medal of Honor, the highest civilian honor awarded by the government of his native South Korea. He has been both a guest and a host speaker at the United Nations; he has established two universities and several non-profit organizations. Ilchi Lee founded Dahn Yoga and laid a strong, successful foundation for Dahn Yoga’s global expansion. He handed over Dahn Yoga’s management to his students in 2002, and since then he has not been involved in Dahn Yoga’s management and operation. Information about Mr. Lee’s global humanitarian activities is readily available on the Internet and it was directly provided to CNN’s producers.

    4. Concern for the representation of Mago statue, a symbol of peace

    We know that CNN captured part of the presentation at the Mago Earth Park grand opening, an event recently hosted in Arizona by one of our non-profit affiliates. Because the plaintiffs have attempted or threatened to sabotage events hosted by Ilchi Lee, we are concerned that CNN’s footage could be used to promote the plaintiffs accusations and pejorative portrayals of Dahn Yoga as a cult and Ilchi Lee as a cult leader. This symbol of peace represents our connection to the earth. The Mago story is an East Asian cultural heritage passed down through generations of oral tradition. Ancient Mago is similar to Gaia of the Western tradition and is a mythical archetype of Mother Earth common to various cultures throughout the world. Ilchi Lee tells the story of Mago to communicate that the spirit that humanity shares a single source, and that source is the Earth. The Mago statue was erected to promote Earth awareness and a global peace initiative, specifically not representing or insisting on any one belief.

    Dahn Yoga’s Official Response Letter to CNN

    CNN Action Timeline
    November 16, 2009: Initial Contact by David Fitzpatrick of CNN
    November 19, 2009: Visit to Union Square Center by CNN Producer Undercover
    November 23, 2009: On-going Discussion about scheduling Interview
    December 9, 2009: Informational Interview without Cameras at offices of Herrick Feinstein LLP (Legal Counsel to Ilchi Lee)
    December 10, 2009: Rescheduled On-Camera Interview due to Joseph’s Family Emergency
    December 16, 2009: Trespass and Disruption by CNN at Mago Earth Park Dedication Ceremony (2 Cameramen and 2 Reporters)
    December 18, 2009: Legal Counsel Complained to CNN Legal Department, Uninvited CNN Cameraman Filmed at Astoria Center
    December 23, 2009: On-Camera Interview with CNN at Offices of Herrick Feinstein LLP

A classic case of attacking the messenger. Interesting that attacking the character of Lee was one of Dahn's complaints. In it a Dahn Hak member does a stalk job on Jade with no effort to speak to the allegations. Comments were deleted and disabled on this video in typical cult-like fashion.

Jade's Lies

January 07, 2010, 09:15:53 PM
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Re: Dahn Hak Responds to CNN & Attempts to Discredit Accuser
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2010, 09:15:53 PM »
While Dahn Hak trys to discredit accusations that they separate members from their families, a Dahn Hak promotional video shows just that.
In it, a caterpillar finds enlightenment after distancing itself from its friends:

Dahn Caterpillar Finds Enlighenment Away From Friends

January 07, 2010, 11:00:04 PM
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Re: Dahn Hak Responds to CNN & Attempts to Discredit Accuser
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2010, 11:00:04 PM »
Very interesting...

http://dahnyogavoice.com/from-the-practioners/fact-collection/

    Fact Collection
    The Ugly
    If anyone has approached or contacted you, your family or your friends with negative information about Dahn Yoga, Ilchi Lee and/or the lawsuit in an inappropriate or suspicious manner, please let us know. Be sure to include as much specific information as you can, including the date and time, location, any kind of contact information (e-mail address or phone number, etc.) or information about the person’s identity, and any other details about what happened. We are doing our best to protect our members and our loved ones from unwelcome intrusion by slanderers who are affiliated with the lawsuit.

January 09, 2010, 11:59:42 PM
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Re: Dahn Hak Responds to CNN & Attempts to Discredit Accuser
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2010, 11:59:42 PM »
Dahn Hak isn't pulling any punches in its response to its accusers.
According to Dahn hak, these interviews were recorded by CNN, but not aired.

From http://dahnyogavoice.com/
In Campbell Brown’s 3-part CNN Broadcast on Dahn Yoga, she repeatedly claimed she would show “both sides” of the story. As you can see from this website, CNN left out a lot of details.
As part of their “investigation”, they interviewed three Dahn Yoga employees on December 23, 2009: Joseph Alexander (Dahn Yoga VP of Communications), Genia Sullivan (manager of CGI Holistic Fitness in New Jersey), and Michael Munson (manager of the Union Square Dahn Yoga Center in New York City). Yet they only aired a small part of Mr. Alexander’s interview.
Now on Dahn Yoga Voice, you can hear the interview CNN recorded and learn about the important facts and opinions that CNN left out.

CNN Interview with Michael Munson

CNN Interview with Genia Sullivan






January 10, 2010, 07:50:44 PM
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Re: Dahn Hak Responds to CNN & Attempts to Discredit Accuser
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2010, 07:50:44 PM »
Another video from Dahn about the CNN reports.
It's interesting to see a cult under pressure like this!

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2:10 Their refutation of the claims that money from Dahn has been used by Lee to fund his extravagent lifestyle is very very weak. "It has been many years since Lee pass on ownership to his students." According to Dahn, Lee and his company doesn't own the house shown on CNN, but the company named as its owner, Tao Fellowship, looks like a Dahn front group. And rather than saying this is where he doesn't live, show us where he does live.

CNN Got It Wrong About Dahn Yoga (Part 1)

Tao Fellowship site is under construction: http://www.taofellowship.org/

Every mention of it (bar one) on the first page of a Google search of "Tao Fellowship" is from a Dahn or Dahn related site.
The page that isn't from a Dahn site is a business listing that says Tao Foundation also does business as "Sedona Mago Garden."

http://www.sedonamagoretreat.org/ Under construction

This blog entry about Sedona Mago Garden is by a Dahn member who doesn't make much effort to distinguish between Dahn and the Tao Foundation.
http://www.byukwoon.com/

Dahn's Californian website offers this aboutTao Fellowship's garden.

http://www.dahnyogaca.com/category/tao-fellowship/

    Tao Fellowship’s Sedona Mago Garden – Eco-Harmony in Action
    One of the hottest trends in the tourism field is the integration of hospitality with ecology and sustainability. A leader in this area is the Tao Fellowship, a nonprofit foundation with the mission “Love for the Earth and Love for Humanity.”

    The best way to describe Tao Fellowship’s expression of its commitment to ecotourism and sustainability is the term eco-harmony. Humans are the children of the Earth and the Earth is our mother.

    Tao Fellowship’s most complete example of its ecotourism commitment is the Sedona Mago Garden, which has accumulated many green credentials and it has plans for more. Mago means Mother Earth in several Asian cultures.

    Partnering with the Institute of Ecotourism, Sedona, Tao Fellowship’s Mago Garden earned Five Leaves, the highest level possible on the Green Checklist, a system for evaluating eco-sensitive and sustainability performance. On a 100-point scale, an organization needs a score over 90 to get the Five Leaves designation. Very few businesses in the greater Sedona area come close to Tao Fellowship’s achievement of earning the highest category.

    Tao Fellowship has used its goals and resources at Mago Garden for 10 years to create a paradise on Earth in Sedona. With its unique natural beauty and vortex-energy amid Coconino National Forest, the 160-acre Mago Garden has become an ideal environment for the renewal, training, and healing for guests from around the world. Tao Fellowship is not just talking the talk but instead genuinely walking the walk.

    Because of Tao Fellowship’s development of Mago Garden, innovative holistic training programs aim to enhance health, happiness and peace, based on the Brain Education System Training (BEST) methods, developed by Ilchi Lee during the past 30 years, first in South Korea and lately in Sedona. The perfection of Nature at Mago Garden provides a prime force to help all guests and training participants learn, heal and grow.

    The Tao Fellowship has pursued a strategy for Mago Gardeb that enhances its natural setting – with its mountains, hills, red rocks, gardens, a lake, ponds, and abundant greenery. Also regarding facilities at Mago Retreat, Tao Fellowship has created a genuine harmony with Nature based on green criteria – regarding its meeting rooms, guest rooms, meditation areas, pool-spa, horse stables, and a water management system.

And Dahn's Texas site offers this: "Founded by Ilchi Lee in 1998, a world-renowned brain philosopher and educator and peace leader, Mago Garden is owned and operated by Tao Fellowship, a nonprofit organization committed to harmonizing humanity and the Earth."

Dahn's video mentions Tao Foundation as though it has no connection with Dahn or Lee.

And interesting that one of the "body guards" or perhaps just a guide is an Australian. I have been looking online for Dahn sites in Australia and haven't come across any yet.

4:45 Referring to CNN: "They didn't want to talk like civilized humans." lol!

Oh I so hope CNN stays on this!

January 12, 2010, 01:12:01 PM
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Re: Dahn Hak Responds to CNN & Attempts to Discredit Accuser
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2010, 01:12:01 PM »
Dahn's threatening to sue CNN: CNN has until 5 p.m. Jan 12 to respond. I so hope they don't!

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The totality of the three broadcasts, associated ads and on-line stories reflect an editorial decision to present information in a certain tone, in spite of all of the information in your possession which would rebut such a depiction.  You have knowingly damaged the business and reputation of Dahn Yoga and its founder, Ilchi Lee.  With respect to intentional omissions and misstatements, we request that you issue an on air retraction or apology.  Please respond to this request by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 or we will seek to redress these harms through the legal options available to us.

January 13, 2010, 08:28:18 AM
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Re: Dahn Hak Responds to CNN & Attempts to Discredit Accuser
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2010, 08:28:18 AM »
Dahn's threatening to sue CNN: CNN has until 5 p.m. Jan 12 to respond. I so hope they don't!

Interesting, Dahn has removed that page from their site.

A new video continues their attacks on their critics and accusers

CNN Got It Wrong About Dahn Yoga (Part 2)

January 13, 2010, 10:38:59 PM
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2010, 10:38:59 PM »
The deadline has been extended until January 14.. perhaps because CNN ignored the first one?

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The totality of the three broadcasts, associated ads and on-line stories reflect an editorial decision to present information in a certain tone, in spite of all of the information in your possession which would rebut such a depiction.  You have knowingly damaged the business and reputation of Dahn Yoga and its founder, Ilchi Lee.  With respect to intentional omissions and misstatements, we request that you issue an on air retraction or apology.  Please respond to this request by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, January 14, 2010 or we will seek to redress these harms through the legal options available to us.

February 14, 2010, 12:45:25 PM
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2010, 12:45:25 PM »
Several of the videos posted by DahnYogaVoice featuring clips from unaired CNN interviews are now marked private meaning they are no longer publicly accessible.

Interesting move considering the site and YouTube account were set up to publicly counter the claims made on CNN.
I wonder why they decided to do that?

The videos can be viewed by opening a YouTube account and adding http://www.youtube.com/user/dahnyogavoice as a friend. If your request is accepted, you'll have access to their private videos on YouTube. If that's too much trouble, I'll make a transcription of those videos shortly.

And here's their latest which is publicly viewable:

CNN Got It Wrong About Dahn Yoga (Part 3)