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H.H. the Dalai Lama’s Comments on the Troubles in #Rigpa – Tibetan Buddhism – #MeToo

comment by RH in Contemporary Buddhism Group : 

It is encouraging that the Dalai Lama, at long last, spoke out openly about Sogyal Lakar and Rigpa. We should not forget, however, that he did so only after survivors’ stories and questions by reporters worldwide made it inevitable.

Likewise, we should not forget that for decades survivors and witnesses have repeatedly warned the Dalai Lama in vain about the sexual abuse by Sogyal Lakar, Namkha Rinpoche, and other Tibetan lamas. So far, Sogyal is the sole Tibetan abuser who the Dalai Lama has mentioned by name, while many others like him remain unnamed.

Finally, I am not aware of any effort by the Dalai Lama to invite survivors to share their experiences directly with him. His comments, at best, pay lip service to their plight—nothing more. Instead, the Dalai Lama focusses on the abuser, his entourage and institution. Clearly, he has not risen above the classic reflexes of religious figureheads of all denominations.

The Dalai Lama would do better to give the victims of sexual abuse by Tibetan clergy the recognition that is due, openly. He could do this by inviting a delegation of survivors to a meeting in his residence in India.

I would also suggest that the Dalai Lama hosts a Mind & Life meeting with (mostly) Western scientists about sexuality, sexual abuse and its treatments. The past decades, experts in the West, in part thanks to efforts of the Roman-Catholic church, have gathered a wealth of experience in these fields.

By and large, the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan lamas have remained oblivious of this expertise. As far as human sexuality and its derailments are concerned, a further training course is long overdue.

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A Letter to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche Concerning “Guru and Student in the Vajrayana” – How Did It Happen?

In your letter, you emphasized that Vajrayana needs to be properly introduced. What I understood from your letter is that even though an authentic Vajra Master can pretty much do whatever they see fit, the relationship needs to be properly established. You say the Vajrayana teachings lay this out clearly. From this point of view, I would say I was not properly introduced, neither to the Vajryana nor the Dzogchen Samaya. If I manage to get a good lawyer, I think I have good chance to argue in Vajrayana court that my contract was not valid.

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Sogyal Rinpoche Has Resigned from #Rigpa #Buddhism

It's interesting to see how the word allegations is being used all across the world when it's about Men sexual abuse, usually rich, priviledged, powerful men using their positions to try at all cost to appear innocent, "using the justice system" or a third-party independent body to look into these "allegations" while maintaning a narrative to appear like innocent. the denial is still KING, either for Sogyal or for RIGPA board, the tone of the letters sound as if the allegations will be proven false and his reputation soon restored. 

 

Letter to Sogyal from brave 8 : https://www.lionsroar.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Letter-to-Sogyal-Lakar-14-06-2017-.pdf

letter to his students : https://cdn.tricycle.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/1_sr_letter_august_2017_eng-1.pdf 

board letter to their Sangha : : https://cdn.tricycle.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2_rigpa_letter_aug_2017_eng-1.pdf 

Presse release from RIGPA : https://cdn.tricycle.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Rigpa-press-statement-final-20170811.pdf

It's probably the last time we have to LINK the case to the case, both bearing very similar behaviour, not only from the "board" but also from the accused "master" himself, both using narratives, words and excuses to appear innocent that cannot be taken seriously. 

Any independent third-party looking into these matters should be the French Justice System, the Police, but for this to happen, survivors NEED to make a formal complaint, need to use the Human Law Justice system to make sure these so called "masters" are judged not only from a spiritugal point of view but most certainly from a Human Law point of view. Buddhism cannot exclude itself or put himsel on top of Human Laws as if sexual abuses conducted by a so called "master" can only be judged by spiritual laws or worst : stay for ever managed like a personal, internal dispute that an independent third-party could solve. 

Survivors from sexual abuse MUST go to Justice, must make a formal complaints, that is the only way to force not only Sogyal to face his actions but also to take this very very seriously and make sure this never ever happens again. of course adopting a code of conduct (the irony that a code of conduct needs to be crafted for a spiritual philosophy will not escape to anyone that Knows just even a fraction of what Buddhism stand for) 

To survivors we say : 

- Go to Justice, Buddhism is not a Law on top of Human Laws and Human Justice System. 
- If we really want to Clean Buddhism from these serial abusers, keeping this scandal an internal affair will never solve the problem, it will only push for later the possibility of a real, lasting solutions that can be put in place all across Dharma centers all around the World. 
- Do not think for one second that, as a survivor, Speaking up is Equal to "Harming Buddhism or Dharma or RIGPA" this is an excuse, used both in the case of OKC or other scandals that is a construct to minimise the importance of the abuse with the intent to preserve, turn off the light, the public eye from these abusers that use Buddhist Sangha & Dharma as a shield. 

Let's finish the work : let's speak up, let's make sure this never happens to anyone ever again. 

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Temple bouddhiste de l'Hérault : confidences de l’ancien bras droit Olivier Raurich #rigpa #sogyal #rimpoche

"Petit à petit", des "choses inacceptables" sont apparues. Olivier Raurich a recueilli des "témoignages", explicites, qui racontent "comment il utilise sa position de grand maître et ce qui relève du “sacré” pour obtenir des faveurs sexuelles". Il y a aussi cette scène étrange, au terme d'une retraite qui a rassemblé 800 étudiants en août 2014 à Roqueredonde, où Rinpoché demande "des offrandes très abondantes, en liquide, des enveloppes épaisses où il fallait marquer son nom". Plus tôt, durant l'été 2011, ce malaise lorsque Lerab Ling lui fait suivre "un entraînement pour ne pas répondre aux questions embarrassantes des journalistes", après la parution d'un article critique dans l'hebdomadaire Marianne. Il choisit pourtant encore de rester.

"Peut-être que Sogyal s'est pris à son jeu, il croit en sa propre histoire", analyse Olivier Raurich, revenu de l'organisation de "l'institution tibétaine comme une institution religieuse", avec "des gens merveilleux et des brebis galeuses, que l'institution couvre". Lui-même a-t-il été aveuglé par le concept de “folle sagesse” qui permet à des grands maîtres de "casser l'ego" des autres pour les amener à l'"éveil" spirituel ? Marion Dapsance rappelle qu'Olivier Raurich invitait les élèves à "ne pas faire preuve d'esprit critique", "accepter tout ce qui sera dit et fait par Sogyal Rinpoché comme un enseignement", intégrer qu'"un grand maître n'est pas un être humain comme les autres", mais un être "spécial", exempté des "règles du sens commun"...

Encore une fois pour les enfants devenus adultes au sein de la OKC, en analysant ce qui se passe à on constate à quel point c'est criant de similitudes avec le comportement de Robert Spatz alias Lama Kunzang. 

Par contre chez OKC contrairement à Olivier Raurich qui est capable de prendre du recul et analyser la situation dans laquelle il se trouvait, a peine 1 an après son départ du centre, le conditionnement et le cul de sac dans lequel se trouve encore aujourd'hui les membres OKC démontre de la profondeur du conditionnement et de l'impasse de leur situation économique et social, les rendants effectivements incapable de trouver ou de penser une porte de sortie. 

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Soumission, dévotion et abus sexuels : j'ai enquêté sur le bouddhisme en France #Rigpa

Alors que le dalaï-lama est en visite en France, l’anthropologue Marion Dapsance sort ce 15 septembre "Les dévots du bouddisme" (Max Milo). Pendant sept ans, elle a enquêté sur les centres Rigpa, un réseau international dirigé par un proche du dalaï-lama. Elle dresse aujourd'hui le portrait d’une organisation sectaire, dont le maître, le lama Sogyal Rinpoché, serait le gourou. Témoignage.
Par Marion Dapsance - Anthropologue

note : 
c'est pas mais en lisant l'extrait de ce témoignage on y retrouve des dizaines de points communs avec le folklore que Robert Spatz a importé au sein de la communauté OKC qui sont devenu des normes par la suite et qui ont été capital pour installer une forme de culte autour de sa personne. ce culte de la personalité qu'on retrouve aussi chez Rigpa est la première étape pour asseoir une dérive sectaire nuisible.

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11) After the lawsuit | Behind The Thangkas

Interesting read only showing that like any organized religion Buddhism like Christianism and many other cults are polluted by power, money, sex and abuse of power.