"Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche from current and ex-Rigpa members details abuse allegations
BY ROD MEADE SPERRY AND SAM LITTLEFAIR| JULY 20, 2017
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Sogyal Rinpoche. Photo via Flickr, under Creative Commons.
A letter dated July 14, 2017 and signed by current and ex-members of Rigpa, the international network of centers and groups founded by Sogyal Rinpoche in 1979, has been posted on the internet, detailing abuses allegedly committed by Rinpoche.
“As long-time committed and devoted students we feel compelled to share our deep concerns about your violent and abusive behavior,” the letter reads. Later:
“Those of us who write to you today have firsthand experience of your abusive behaviors, as well as the massive efforts not to allow others to know about them. Our concerns are deepened with the organizational culture you have created around you that maintains absolute secrecy of your actions, which is in sharp contrast with your stated directive of openness and transparency within the Sangha. Our wish is to break this veil of secrecy, deception, and deceit. We can no longer remain silent.”
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