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Two women are accusing Sogyal Rinpoche—the founder of a leading Buddhist organization—of “rape” and “non-consensual” sex in a book that will be published on Thursday. 17.7.2019

Press release Charity Commission disqualifies trustee from Rigpa Fellowship Trustee failed to protect people who came into contact with the charity 13.6.2019

Consequences by the Charity Commission for England and Wales: disqualification of Patrick Gaffney by the Charity Commission for England and Wales from acting as a Trustee in all charities for a period of 8 years until 12 April 2027. See 'Register of Removed Trustees': date of retrieval: 7.5.2019

The Rigpa International Newsletter: Connection or Disconnection? by Pawula, S. 8th of April 2019
"When I read the recent Rigpa International Newsletter, titled “Sangha Connection,” I sense a profound disconnect between the leadership of Rigpa and those who feel concern about the abuse that has occurred in Rigpa—both victim/survivors and everyone else who felt deeply impacted. [...] Remembering the Victims
All the while Rigpa celebrates itself, there are victim/survivors and other disenchanted former members who struggle in recovery. [...] Trauma can be healed, but it takes time – especially the kind of trauma that occurs as a resulted of repeated abuse over a number of years—the kind of abuse that occurred to a number of students in Rigpa.
If You Really Cared If you really cared about the students who were abused by Sogyal Rinpoche, you would know this. You would make an effort to become trauma informed. And once you were, if you really took the information in, out of respect for what they endured and knowing its long-term effects, you could never write a newsletter that begins as this one did. While I might seem like a killjoy, I would prefer to open a Rigpa International Sangha Connection newsletter and read, as the first entry, an announcement of how Rigpa teams worldwide had attended an in-depth training to learn about trauma, its impacts, and how to provide trauma-informed care. That would give me hope that real change is taking place in Rigpa [...] Making it easy to forget that abuse has ever occurred. This is the Rigpa modus operandi: Riding It Out." in

Decision Charity case report: Ripon Community Link Company LimitedCharity Commission case report into Ripon Community Link Company Limited (registered charity number 1049030) 23.1.2019

Current investigation of the Charity Commission for England and Wales regarding Rigpa Fellowship:
Press release of 29.11.2018: "The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, is today announcing that it has opened a statutory inquiry into Rigpa Fellowship [...]. The inquiry was opened on 8 November 2018. The charity, which is based in London, has objects to advance the Buddhist religion, and provides religious education, training and activities. [...] The inquiry will examine the charity’s governance, policies and practices with regard to adult safeguarding, particularly in relation to:

  • its response, general handling and disclosure to the Commission and other agencies in relation to serious adult safeguarding incidents
  • its responsibility to provide a safe environment for its beneficiaries, staff and other charity workers in the delivery of its programmes

More generally the inquiry will examine the charity’s:

  • recruitment and supervision of its employees, volunteers and other charity workers
  • financial controls and their application
  • responsibility to maintain its reputation as a charity which can be entrusted with public support and the confidence of its beneficiaries, staff and volunteers

It is the Commission’s policy, after an inquiry has concluded, to publish a report detailing what issues the inquiry looked at, what actions were undertaken as part of the inquiry and what the outcomes were."
in: date of retrieval: 2.12.2018

Press release of 9.9.2018: "Last year the Telegraph published a series of allegations made by eight senior and long-standing current and former students against Sogyal, whose book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying has sold more than three million copies around the world, making him the best known Tibetan Buddhist teacher after the Dalai Lama. The report, undertaken by the law firm Lewis Silkin to investigate the claims at the behest of Rigpa, confirms a shocking catalogue of physical, sexual and emotional abuse by Sogyal against students. It also concludes: “senior individuals within Rigpa were aware of at least some of these issues and failed to address them, leaving others at risk”. Yet such allegations of widespread abuse – and subsequent cover up – within the Tibetan Buddhist community is not restricted to Rigpa alone"
in: date of retrieval: 10.12.2018

"In her findings Karen Baxter described one of the unnamed Rigpa managers who assisted with the report as being “guarded, hostile and inconsistent”. Another senior member of the management team was described by the lawyer as “not prepared to hold Sogyal to account”. A statement released on September 5 by Rigpa’s ‘vision board’ and all of its individual national boards stated “we feel deeply sorry and apologise for the hurt experienced by past and present members”. The organisation has also committed to act upon all of the report recommendations, which include disassociating from Sogyal as fully as possible and removing those in leadership tainted by the scandal. The investigation has only relied on the UK’s civil standard of proof and it remains to be seen whether any criminal charges may ensue."
in: date of retrieval: 10.12.2018

Lerab Ling/ France:
"La quiétude de la communauté bouddhiste et du centre de retraite Lérab Ling à Roqueredonde dans l'Hérault a été une nouvelle fois mise à mal. Mi-septembre, les forces de l'ordre ont perquisitionné le site sur le Larzac. Ils ont trouvé beaucoup d'argent liquide et recueilli des témoignages."
in: date of retrieval: 2.12.2018

Lewis Silkin Report on incidents at the organization Rigpa published 22.8.2018:

Open Letter by former Rigpa members at 17.7.2017