This one (Sex and the Spiritual Teacher by Scott Edelstein) is pertinent to our times for sure as cases like Eido Shimano, and Dennis Marzel, do come up and these things can present a challenge to anyone's practice.
My first note is that this is much easier reading than say, the Lotus Sutra... Scott does a good job writing in a readable fashion and after reading a few of Steven Heine's books in a row I really appreciate readability right now.
Despite that bit of praise, even before the introduction section the author states that he is not a spiritual teacher. I call bullshit on that. Seriously, who is not a spiritual teacher? Not me... Actually I know what he is saying but the duality of it irked me as I read it. As an aside, my view is that there is not any thing (or non thing) that is not a spiritual teacher. Even poo.
Mic Hunter, who I have no idea who he is, gives a flowering introduction to the book, and I must say, with good reason.
Chapter one begins with a necessary horror story than goes on to throw out that a surprisingly large percentage of spiritual teachers (from non western traditions) have had sex with at least one of their students...
That kind of blew me away at first, than I thought about how much I like sex, and throw on top of that a little perceived powers, and blamo your doing the William Clinton. I guess it really should not be that surprising at all. The author goes on to make some great points about the nature and responsibility of both Teachers and Students. Latter on in the book I was in a state of disbelief as I read over some of the scenarios and reality hit me hard as I realized that anyone, given the right circumstances, can be that naïve to fall for some of the stuff someone in a position of authority might pull. And I find myself grateful that I have avoided that sticky stuff for the moment...
Anyway, I have decided not to do a chapter by chapter blow by blow of this book, and despite it having a reference to Ken Wilber, I am going to recommend it for anyone with any kind of foundational involvement in a "Spiritual" community. That is if you want to have a good background in how to avoid and or deal with the sticky situations that the title suggests.
Yours in practice,