Testimonies of abuse
Statements on Abuse in Rigpa and/or Tibetan Buddhism in general
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
A translation from the German can be read here:https://buddhism-controversy-blog.com/2017/10/10/the-dalai-lama-on-abuse-by-buddhist-teachers-or-gurus/
23rd September in Riga
“So, Sogyal Rinpoche was disgraced recently in America and so he may be learned but without any practice and experience of the teaching. Therefore being… abusing disciples… deceiving them. And so there were people in Taiwan and other places, in Tibet also this happens.”
The talk is archived on YouTube and you can find the quote above if you watch from 2:24:00. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46kukFKFJrM
A brief summary of HH’s position can be read here: https://www.lionsroar.com/dalai-lama-denounce-ethical-misconduct-by-buddhist-teachers/
An article in Lions Roar Magazine that addresses the issues. Aug 9th 2017 https://www.lionsroar.com/treat-everyone-as-the-buddha/
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Erik Jampa: An opinon on DZK’s opinonhttps://www.erikjampa.com/single-post/2017/11/11/Calling-Out-the-Guru-from-Afar-On-Dzongsar-Khyentses-Sex-Contract-and-Subsequent-Backlash-from-the-Buddhist-Community
Erik Pema Kunsang
Though he doesn’t mention the situation in Rigpa specifically, this article is highly relevant as it talks about the real meaning of root guru.
Tibetan psychologist Lobsang Rapgay. What went wrong:
An interview with Tibetan psychologist Lobsang Rapgay about student-teacher relationships that turn abusive
Abuse in Buddhism: Anna Sawertha
Robert Thurman:What such teachers got wrong.
A Comprehensive article by journalist David Leser
Namgay Dawa Rimpoche
On his Facebook page in reply to a question from a student. “I can only speak for myself when I say to those who have taken refuge with me or to those who hold me in their high regard , If you see me cause injury to others , mental or physical it becomes your sacred duty to protect yourself and your Varja brothers and sisters. Don’t let anyone suppress your free will to reason . Don’t be afraid to question me if you feel my actions and speech are not in accord with the Dharma.”
FMPT Ethics policy, signed by all FPMT teachers.
Issues in the Translation of Buddhism into the West.
Ethics in the Teacher-Student Relationship: The Responsibilities of Teachers and Students. HH Dalai Lama
Is Tibetan Buddhism in the West Working
East-West, West-East by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Martine Bachelor on cultural issues related to sexual abuse by lamas
Questioning the Advice of the Guru: H.H. the XIV. Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
Education on Cults
Checklist of mind control techniques. https://freedomofmind.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/BITE-Model-Handout-9-23-16.pdf
Undue Influence Continuum https://freedomofmind.com/influence-continuum/
Traumatic Abuse in Cults. http://www.thezensite.com/non_Zen/Traumatic_Abuse_in_Cults.html
The BITE model of mind control https://freedomofmind.com/bite-model/
Crazy Wisdom, Samaya, Pure Perception, Devotion and Abuse
Guru Disciple Relationship Advice from HH the Dalia Lama
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A series of talks by Venerable Thubten Choden inspired by the revelations of abuse in Rigpa. Her talks help students to gain a correct understanding of the relevant teachings and see the whole situation with compassion and wisdom. whatnow727.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/help-for-students-processing-abuse-in-rigpa/
Breaking the Silence on Sexual Misconduct
On Gurus and Cults
Dealing with Abusive Behaviour by Spiritual Teachers.
An excerpt: “There are members of spiritual communities who will deny that anything is wrong even in the face of overwhelming evidence of abuse. They often come to Buddhism as an escape from the problems of the world, hoping for an ideal world with perfect teachers. Identifying with their projections of wishful thinking blinds them to seeing and accepting reality. A correct understanding of voidness can help them and us overcome a state of denial. Unbiased, discriminating awareness is always essential.”
How Can you Tell if Something is Actually Crazy Wisdom.
A short talk by Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, a Nyingma Dzogchen master and student of Dudjom Rinpoche. https://youtu.be/FzB6a1-aFyU