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by TRC
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

I think some of the folks here need to hang with some arrogant young Tulkus and then watch them fail at life over 20+ years. They are only as good as their training. If their heads are filled with pseudo-aristocratic misogyny and self importance creepy old men forcing girls one third their age into...
by TRC
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Finally - I'm still waiting for Rigpa as an organisation to apologize to the lady who, years ago, publicly spoke out against Sogyal for abuse and was roundly condemned for it. They rallied around their teacher at the time; when they're done with their introspection, they owe her a sincere apology. ...
by TRC
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

JW wrote: That’s not what the Dalai Lama said. I think I’m going with the Dalai Lama on this one. HHDL's considered opinion of breaking with orthodoxy is good enough for me too. That's all there is to say about it from my P.O.V. Issue settled. I agree with HHDL too. He has made an important stateme...
by TRC
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

it's quite interesting how we all (supposedly) read the same DJKR's piece but have such different interpretations! Perhaps because it is ambiguous and therefore this leaves it open for people to project their own biases and preconceptions onto it. It certainly has provoked discussion though and has...
by TRC
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Finally - I'm still waiting for Rigpa as an organisation to apologize to the lady who, years ago, publicly spoke out against Sogyal for abuse and was roundly condemned for it. They rallied around their teacher at the time; when they're done with their introspection, they owe her a sincere apology. ...
by TRC
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

And now this by ... huh ... Justin Whitaker?: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/americanbuddhist/2017/08/the-merit-of-pointing-out-abuse-in-buddhism-dzongsar-khyentse-rinpoche.html edit: Oh Malcolm's quoted :smile: Thanks for posting the link. It was well worth the read. Justin Whitaker does an excellen...
by TRC
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?
Replies: 232
Views: 9998

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

If you do not have samaya, you did not receive the empowerment, you are not qualified to practice Vajrayāna, and so whatever effort you make in practicing Secret Mantra will become poison rather than medicine. Malcolm, would you have enough confidence in an online initiation to do a retreat on that...
by TRC
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Mod Note: This has certainly been a long and winding topic. By and large it's been a civil discussion with little need for moderation. Thanks to all who have participated with thoughtfulness on a sensitive subject. With a thread this long, a number of side issues that have come up for discussion. U...
by TRC
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Grigoris wrote:
tiagolps wrote:DJKR does mention the same thing:
I know he does, I was talking about the participants in this thread... :smile:
I'll happily wear my karma of appropriate and due criticism as opposed to the results of trying to shut-down discussion.
by TRC
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

FYI: An article concerning Sogyal and the allegations of abuse appeared yesterday in the Süddeutsche Zeitung , an influential German newspaper. I haven't read it because it is behind a pay-wall. I have to say that there are some graphic details, both physical and sexual (since Germans are definitel...
by TRC
Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

This latest letter from Sogyal Rinpoche announcing his immediate "retirement" shares many common elements with his previous written responses. Most notably, lack of acknowledgment of responsibility for any wrong doing and lack of any apology or contrition. And while the Rigpa International organisa...
by TRC
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Now is not the time to continue with our negative speech and emotions but to make an aspiration that they will continue the path without obstacle. This discussion is not negative speech. On the opposite, the fact even after 23 pages of discussion people like you still claim that it is shows how nec...
by TRC
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

This latest letter from Sogyal Rinpoche announcing his immediate "retirement" shares many common elements with his previous written responses. Most notably, lack of acknowledgment of responsibility for any wrong doing and lack of any apology or contrition. And while the Rigpa International organisat...
by TRC
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

HHDL says SR is "disgraced": https://youtu.be/S6yzH-1si8o?t=4709 HHDL also made this observation, which I think provides some important context to Tibetan Buddhism's integration in the West: “I feel some of these lama institutions have some sort of influence of the feudal system. That is outdated a...
by TRC
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

TharpaChodron wrote:There is no ultimate difference between what appear to be different realms. But that doesn't mean that we ignore abuse and injustice.
Well said. And is this not an integration of the ultimate and relative - a way between the extremes?
by TRC
Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Something from Matthieu Ricard presented here: https://www.marianne.net/societe/scandale-chez-les-bouddhistes-matthieu-ricard-recommande-aux-disciples-plus-de-vigilance Google seems to translate it pretty well: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.marianne.net%2F...
by TRC
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Everyone seems to be focused on the sex, which is a notoriously grey area. I mean, I have no doubt that young women have been coerced and manipulated into liaisons with Sogyal, and that there is a clear power imbalance and intimidation, but what really is more clear-cut and reprehensible is the viol...
by TRC
Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

But who judges if there is abuse and harm? How do you know if there is actual abuse and harm or if it is just an ego-centered reaction? I'll go by the eight senior signatories who composed the letter to Sogyal outlining the harm and abuse. I am going to trust their account, as they are the closest ...
by TRC
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

But who judges if there is abuse and harm? How do you know if there is actual abuse and harm or if it is just an ego-centered reaction? I'll go by the eight senior signatories who composed the letter to Sogyal outlining the harm and abuse. I am going to trust their account, as they are the closest ...
by TRC
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39897

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Another worthwhile teaching related to the thread, from the recent Dorje Drollo retreat at Padmasambhava Buddhist Center on the topic of Crazy Wisdom https://youtu.be/FzB6a1-aFyU Just to paraphrase the Lama: crazy wisdom does not involve abuse and harm and are the activities of enlightened beings.