About

Why we’re here

Our mission statement: What Now? aims to educate readers about issues raised by the attestations of abuse in Rigpa through the dissemination of information and informed opinion. We also aim to hold Rigpa and Sogyal Lakar/Rinpoche to account, but in a way that honors the ‘good’ while exposing the ‘bad’.

We follow the guidance of the Dalai Lama on making such issues public while still honoring the good we have received from our teacher. However we are not associated with the Dalia Lama or with Rigpa in any way.

It is our sincere wish for the harm to stop and for those who enter Rigpa to be aware of what they might encounter within that organisation. There is no intention to destroy Sogyal Rinpoche or Rigpa, only to hold him and the organisation accountable for any questionable actions. We support postive change within the organisation, and hope that our deep examination of relevant topics can assist in the healing and renewal process. Although we oppose abuse, we still deeply appreciate all that we have received from Sogyal Rinpoche through his teachings. In line with that we aim to present a balanced rather than extreme viewpoint.

We do not represent the 8 letter writers.

Posts are not intended to be scolarly, we are more interested in providing information and reflections that encourage deep reflection in students as they process the allegations of abuse in Rigpa and what it means for them.

We publish links to statements on the matter and related ideas from sources generally respected by members of the Rigpa sangha and/or by the Buddhist community as a whole, reflections by sangha members on these statements or on their personal processing, and anything that we consider will help students to process and learn from this.

If you wish to submit a guest post for consideration, please use the Contact form.

Who we are

This blog has been set up by a group of ex-Rigpa students. Moonfire is not one person, but many voices. We do not use our own names because some malign us for supporting those who spoke out about the abuse. Tahlia Newland is the editor.

Disclaimer

The opinons expressed on this blog and in the comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of those who set up or administer the blog, therefore liability for opinons expressed falls on the person who expressed their opinion.

Commenting Guidelines & Moderation

We do not hold comments for moderation before publication.  However, this is a private blog, so the owners have a right to maintain a positive atmosphere and remove comments that don’t abide by the guidelines.

Please avoid:

  • harsh speech
  • personal attacks
  • sensationalism
  • spreading rumors
  • aggression

Though we prefer not to have to moderate this conversation, individuals who engage in these forms of communication may have their comments removed without discussion – we don’t have time for arguments – and could be blocked from commenting further.

The majority of readers here have deep respect for Buddhism, and we wish to honour that point of view.  That does not mean that you can’t discuss its defects, but it does mean that, in respect for the aim of this site, the positive aspects should be honoured as well as the negative.

We offer our support with the best of intentions. May you receive them in the same spirit.

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