Reference Material

Testimonies of abuse

The email from the Courageous 8 sent to Dzogchen Mandala students.
https://www.lionsroar.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Letter-to-Sogyal-Lakar-14-06-2017-.pdf
The Dutch video with Mimi’s story and the English transcript that Sangye referred to in his first post https://buddhism-controversy-blog.com/2017/06/21/abuse-in-the-buddhist-community-this-victim-tells-her-story-for-the-first-time/
Reliable sources have verified for us aspects of ch 12-15 of this document  https://behindthethangkas.wordpress.com/

HH Dalia Lama on Issues in the Translation of Buddhism into the West.

Ethics in the Teacher-Student Relationship: The Responsibilities of Teachers and Students. HH Dalai Lama

Notes taken during the meeting of H.H. the Dalai Lama and Western Buddhist Teachers in Dharamsala, 1993. https://info-buddhism.com/Ethics-in-the-Teacher-Student-Relationship.html
Videos from the Western Buddhist Teacher’s Conference with HH Dalia Lama in Dharamsala 1993. This series of videos covers a wide range of topics. Video 4 (from about 40 mins in), the first part of Video 5 and 60 mins into Vid 5 are very relevant to the topic at hand. The main points are noted in the document on Ethics in the Teacher-Student Relationship: The Responsibilities of Teachers and Students. http://meridian-trust.org/category/conference/?sub-categories=the-western-buddhist-teachers-conference

Statements on the Situation in Rigpa

Matthieu Ricard.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

At the National Seminar on Buddhism in Ladakh held at the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (CIBS) in Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India on August 1, 2017, His Holiness said it was totally wrong to blindly follow everything ones teacher says. He said one must examine if the teacher’s teachings are in line with Buddha’s teaching. His Holiness also made reference to Sogyal Rinpoche and the letter from his former students. You can listen to His Holiness’ talk starting at 01.14.00 on the above issues
The relevant excerpt and transcript is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wP4rsM7AZQ
Later, on the 6th of Sept 2017  he mentioned Rigpa in a talk at the University of California. He was very clear on the need to have courage to ‘topple’ ‘rotten’ institutions, and said that “If [institutions] use dharma for exploitation, they themselves not properley practice dharma.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fWZWwSSkXs&feature=youtu.be

Mingyur Rinpoche

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 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.
http://levekunst.com/club-nondualite/

 

Teachings on Crazy Wisdom, Samaya, Pure Perception, Devotion and Abuse

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/

EXCELLENT
: the following two links are from ‘Wise Teacher, Wise Student: Tibetan Approaches to a Healthy Relationship’ by Alexander Birzin (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2010). They are essential reading for ganing a correct understanding of these concepts. The rest of the book which deals with further aspects is also available in sections on the website. See links at the bottom of these pages.


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

Ethics & Discernment in the Teacher Student Relationship

Ethics in the Teacher-Student Relationship: The Responsibilities of Teachers and Students: From notes taken during the meeting of H.H. the Dalai Lama and Western Buddhist Teachers in Dharamsala, 1993.
Overview of all angles with quotes from masters. http://viewonbuddhism.org/spiritual_teacher_guru.html
Stephen Schettini: ‘The inconvenience of Doubt.’ http://www.thenakedmonk.com/2013/06/09/inconvenience-of-doubt/
Teachers are not Gods. Article by Rob Preece in The Lion’s Roar Magazine https://www.lionsroar.com/teachers-not-gods/
“Overcoming Emotional Blocks in Developing Trust, Appreciation, or Respect” Berzin, Alexander from ch. 10 in Wise Teacher, Wise Student: Tibetan Approaches to a Healthy Relationship (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2010).

How Other Sanghas Dealt With This

How to be proactive in a postive way: https://www.lionsroar.com/proactive/
Kagyu Thubten Choling addresses sangha about Lama Norlha Rinpoche’s sexual misconduct with students:

Relevant words of the Buddha

On wise choice of choosing who you will devote yourself to https://info-buddhism.com/IntimateFriends-Mitra-vargha.html
The Buddha on using our own discernment. The Kalama Sutta. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.065.than.html

Related Teachings.

What should we rely on? The Four Reliances: https://rethinkingreligion-book.info/the-four-reliances/

Psychology’s Perspective on the dynamics involved.

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability

Further Perspectives/Resources

Excerpt from Kosmic Consciousness with Ken Wilber by Sounds True. It helps to marry the helpful and unhelpful in a teacher. https://markrathbun.blog/2013/03/04/
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