Why Rigpa Students Find it Hard to Challenge Sogyal Rinpoche’s Abuse

When Rigpa students study Ngondro, they are indoctrinated with teachings that make it very difficult for them to challenge their teacher’s abusive behaviour. Below are some of the key ‘teachings’ that supported the idea that we had to do whatever Sogyal asked of us and that everything he did, even if it didn’t ‘appear’ to … Continue reading Why Rigpa Students Find it Hard to Challenge Sogyal Rinpoche’s Abuse

Seeing the Master as a Buddha, an Examination

This week we have a post by Joanne Clark. One belief on Tahlia’s list of “Beliefs We Need to Examine” has spoken particularly strongly to me: You must see your master as the Buddha if you want the blessings of the Buddha;  This belief pervades Tibetan Buddhist culture. I had received that instruction myself, first … Continue reading Seeing the Master as a Buddha, an Examination

Should a Spiritual Teacher Attack Your Hidden Faults?

Finally we've got to our examination of the beliefs we held without question. The first is one that we often heard from Sogyal Rinpoche, "A Spiritual teacher should attack your hidden faults" or other versions of that same idea. Looking back now, it seems like an attempt to justify abusive behaviour! And he did use … Continue reading Should a Spiritual Teacher Attack Your Hidden Faults?