With the results of the independent investigation into Sogyal Lakar/ Rinpoche's abuse tabled clearly in the Lewis Silkin report, no one can deny now that "based on the evidence available to me [Karen Baxter of Lewis Silkin], I am satisfied that, on the balance of probabilities: a. some students of Sogyal Lakar (who were part … Continue reading ‘Rigpa’ Reborn? What a Viable ‘Rigpa’ Might Look Like.
It's okay to leave Many lamas have said that if you discover, even after making a commitment to them, that a lama is not who you thought they were, or if they are not good for you, or if the relationship has broken down for whatever reason, then one can walk away from one's vajra … Continue reading Can You Still Take Sogyal as Your teacher?
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
The Buddhist_Project_Sunshine_Phase_2_Final_Report is out and is something that anyone concerned about abuse in Tibetan Buddhist communities should read as it relates not only to the Shambala community but to any Tibetan Buddhist community where abuse, such as we saw in Rigpa, is perpetrated by those in power, facilitated by the way certain teachings are interpreted, … Continue reading Project Sunshine’s Final Report and the Importance of Sharing Your Story