Testimonies of abuse
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
Statements on the Situation in Rigpa
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
September 14, 2017 during his visit to Germany he answered a question about Buddhist communities’ right attitude towards sexual abuse by Ursula Richard of ‘Buddhismus Aktuell’ Once again, he referred to Sogyal Lakar and Rigpa. http://blog.buddhistische-sekten.de/dalai-lama-mahnende-worte-zum-thema-missbrauch/
A translation from the German can be read here:
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/
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Erik Jampa: An opinon on DZK’s opinon
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 Sawerthal
Contact details for investigations
The Charities Commission (who will take statements from all over the world) and the French police are encouraging people to come forward to help them with their investigations. The contact details for the judicial processes in France are:
Commandant Carbonneaux, Head of the police department in charge of the investigation, who is in liaison with the Procureur of Montpellier; Email address : Laurent.email@example.com Phone number : (0033) – 01 57 44 11 64.
A specialist lawyer is working on the case with ADFI of Montpellier : Phone number: 04 67 79 70 68 9 (This is primarily for French nationals but will also include anyone who has experienced abuse on French territory)
Teachings & Opinions on Crazy Wisdom, Samaya, Pure Perception, Devotion and Abuse
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
THE TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP: LIBERATING OR A TRAP?