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Re: MORE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST DALAI LAMA ASSOCIATE DAGRI RINPOCHE
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2019, 09:49:40 AM »

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« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2019, 02:57:26 PM »
Why Lama Zopa not saying anything nor take any measure towards Tagri Rinpoche. It's been 10 years long and what actually Tagri Rinpoche gives in return? Why Lama Zopa covering such sex offender? Why is he willing to take such risk and put the public at risk? Where is the dharma for this? Now more and more victim voicing up ad FPMT really ugly!

Dorje Shugden practitioners didn't harm anyone but being ostracised just because of their faith to Shugden. FPMT condemn every Shugdenpas. Now FPMT can't look so hypocrite by covering a se offender!

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« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2019, 08:42:08 PM »
Please see this, more victims of Dagri Rinpoche are speaking up

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« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2019, 08:48:25 PM »
Two letters in support of brave Jakaira (also known as Kunsang), taken from this page. They are from people who knew her 10 years ago, and who witnessed the meetings between Jakaira, the Dalai Lama’s Office and Dagri Rinpoche. One of the letters clearly states that it was Tenzin Taklha, the Dalai Lama’s Private Secretary who attended the meeting. There are some who are attempting to discredit Jakaira’s account of what Dagri Rinpoche did a decade ago, so it is good that these women are coming forward to stand up for female rights, to speak about a crime and to support the revelation of the truth. It shows very much that Ms Jakaira has told the truth about what Dagri Rinpoche did to her.

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Re: MORE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST DALAI LAMA ASSOCIATE DAGRI RINPOCHE
« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2019, 04:04:17 PM »
You can run but you cannot hide. This is the reality. Dagri Rinpoche thinks he can get away and he can lie about what he has done but too bad, more people are coming forward to expose the crimes he had committed. Even Jetsun Tenzin Palmo knew about it!

Obviously,  Ms. Jaikira did not lie about what she said, she has people who can be the witness to prove that she had indeed gone to the Dalai Lama office to lodge a complaint. She did have a session with Dagri Rinpoche with regards to the sexual abuse. What else does Dagri Rinpoche want to say? He cannot deny it anymore and think everyone is stupid. The fact that many big media of different languages are reporting this news shows that this is not just a rumour, they must have reliable sources and proof too.

This is the problem with some of the ill-intended Vajrayana teachers, they misuse their role as the teacher to sexually abuse the students. They claim they are using the tantric practice to help the students to heal or progress in their spiritual practice. These teachers know they will be backed up by others because of their title and because students are supposed to obey the teachers. Dagri Rinpoche thinks he can still get away with it but this is no longer true, he better prepare to go to jail!

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Re: MORE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST DALAI LAMA ASSOCIATE DAGRI RINPOCHE
« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2019, 03:09:23 PM »
Wow Amazing! This is getting bigger and bigger. Will the Tibetan Leaders finally start a serious investigation into this sexual crimes of Dagri Rinpoche rather than just sweep it under the carpet?

Nuns Push for Investigation into Molestation Allegations against Teacher Dagri Rinpoche

The prominent Tibetan Buddhist monk has been suspended from teaching over abuse allegations, and now senior nuns are calling for an independent probe into his behaviour.

After becoming aware of allegations of sexual misconduct against the prominent Tibetan Buddhist teacher Dagri Rinpoche, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) suspended him from their list of teachers, the international Buddhist group said in a statement on their website on Tuesday. The following day, ten senior Buddhist nuns—including Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, the founder of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery, and Thubten Chodron, the abbess of Sravasti Abbey in Washington—sent a letter to FPMT calling for a third-party investigation into the accusations.

Dagri Rinpoche—a tulku [reincarnated master] in the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism and a touring teacher who regular visits centers in the United States, such as Sravasti Abbey, where he had been listed as a spiritual advisor—was suspended after being accused in a formal complaint of molesting a woman onboard an Air India flight on May 3. Following media reports of the charge against him, a former nun, Jakaira Perez Valdivia, posted a video on YouTube entitled “Dagri Rinpoche is indeed a serial molester,” in which she claims that Dagri Rinpoche molested her ten years ago while she was living in Dharamsala, India. Soon after, another woman, Shin Young Sun, stepped forward, writing in a Facebook post on May 13 that Dagri Rinpoche groped her breast while she was a student at Sarah College in Dharamsala between 2005 and 2009.

Dagri Rinpoche has denied any wrongdoing.

In their letter to FPMT, the senior nuns said there are even more women who have remained anonymous, “Some of us personally know other Western nuns who have reported that they were molested by Dagri Rinpoche,” they wrote. The letter continues:

We urge the FPMT to commission an independent, third-party investigation into these allegations, and to make the conclusions of this investigation public. This investigation should be conducted in such a way that plaintiffs and/or witnesses feel safe to come forward and tell their stories confidentially—and anonymously, if they so wish . . . Holding an independent investigation sends a clear message that this behavior will not be tolerated and there will be repercussions for perpetrators. This is crucial in order to ensure an environment in which students’ trust can be rebuilt.

Along with the letter, a group of practitioners and nuns have also started an online petition to urge FPMT to “find the truth.”

In a statement released on May 13, Dagri Rinpoche reasserted his innocence. In the case of the Air India flight, he said he was only steadying himself on the armrest of his accuser, who was sleeping at the time. When she woke up, she “appeared angry” and said something to him in a language he did not understand, he wrote. He was later told that she had filed a complaint to the police.

In his interaction with Perez Valdivia—whom Dagri Rinpoche characterizes as “a nun who experienced some physical and mental problems”—he wrote that he only “performed Jabtru, a water purification ritual, and Kakgo, a ritual to remove obstacles” to help with her with those issues. He adds, “After about three years, she used these rituals as a reason to accuse me of inappropriately touching her.”

Related: Will Sanghas Learn from the Scandals in the Buddhist World?

Perez Valdivia responded in a statement sent to Tricycle on May 16, saying, “instead of apologising he’s blaming and discrediting the victims, the oldest method proved effective to get away with abuse.”

She added that he has spent his “entire life getting away with molesting students and devotees around the world due to the silence and complicity of some institutions and of the Tibetan system itself.”

In her social-media post, Shin Young Sun also described a culture of ignoring or silencing women whom teachers have allegedly abused, saying that those in positions of power have turned a blind eye, including the office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. She explained that although she has personally forgiven Dagri Rinpoche, she chose to speak out in solidarity with Perez Valdivia. “I write this post for other victims. Because they . . . still experience the hardships,” she said.

Related: Sex in the Sangha . . . Again

FPMT head Lama Zopa Rinpoche, meanwhile, has received criticism for an open letter he sent to Dagri Rinpoche’s students. He wrote:

Dagri Rinpoche is a very positive, holy being—definitely not an ordinary person . . . Therefore, I want to tell the students who have received initiations and teachings from Dagri Rinpoche that you should definitely one hundred percent rejoice, no matter what the world says, no matter if some people criticize him. Even after Buddha became enlightened, he showed the aspect of having pain in his foot when a piece of wood went through it. Buddha said that the suffering was the result of sexual misconduct with a woman in one of his past lives, a long time ago.

In her statement, Perez Valdivia called the advice “embarrassing and outrageous” and said it “excuses the abuser from any ‘appearance’ of misconduct that he may manifest.”

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Re: MORE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST DALAI LAMA ASSOCIATE DAGRI RINPOCHE
« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2019, 05:15:44 PM »
Prominent Buddhist nuns issue statement calling FPMT to conduct an independent investigation after growing number of women have come out accusing FPMT teachers of sexual harassment and molestation.

According to reports from ex-FPMT members, sexual abuse is common in FPMT centres around the world.

The prominent nuns behind the statement are:

(1) Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, founder of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery, India

(2) Bhiksuni Jampa Tsedroen, PhD University of Hamburg, Germany

(3) Bhikshuni Karma Lekshe Tsomo, PhD
Professor at the University of San Diego, USA, and founder of Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women

(4) Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, USA

(5) Bhikshuni Sangye Khadro, FPMT teacher, USA

(6) Bhikshuni Tenzin Tsepal, FPMT teacher, USA

(7) Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi, FPMT teacher, USA

(8) Ghetzulma Carla Tzultrim Pemo Freccero, Italy

(9) Ghetzulma Lucia Tenzin Ciotzo Bani, Italy

(10) Venerable Tenzin Nordron, USA

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« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2019, 05:23:04 PM »
There is a change.org petition asking FPMT to take responsibility and conduct an independent investigation into widespread sexual molestation by high-ranking teachers within their organisation. Will this instigate an official investigation by the Tibetan leaders into the crimes committed or will they continue to sweep them under carpet?

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« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2019, 07:53:25 PM »
Prominent Buddhist nuns issue statement calling FPMT to conduct an independent investigation after growing number of women have come out accusing FPMT teachers of sexual harassment and molestation.

According to reports from ex-FPMT members, sexual abuse is common in FPMT centres around the world.

The prominent nuns behind the statement are:

(1) Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, founder of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery, India

(2) Bhiksuni Jampa Tsedroen, PhD University of Hamburg, Germany

(3) Bhikshuni Karma Lekshe Tsomo, PhD
Professor at the University of San Diego, USA, and founder of Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women

(4) Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, USA

(5) Bhikshuni Sangye Khadro, FPMT teacher, USA

(6) Bhikshuni Tenzin Tsepal, FPMT teacher, USA

(7) Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi, FPMT teacher, USA

(8) Ghetzulma Carla Tzultrim Pemo Freccero, Italy

(9) Ghetzulma Lucia Tenzin Ciotzo Bani, Italy

(10) Venerable Tenzin Nordron, USA

Wow these are some very powerful bhikshuni who are voicing out and backing up the victims of Dagri Rinpoche's sexual abuse. What can FPMT do now? Now the whole world will get to see the very ugly side of FPMT and the office of the Dalai Lama, which is a culture of silence. This will EXPOSE FPMT & Dalai Lama's dirty laundry and we do hope it will put a stop to all the fake lamas who pretend to be all holy and pure but in reality, they are actually the devil in disguise.

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Re: MORE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST DALAI LAMA ASSOCIATE DAGRI RINPOCHE
« Reply #24 on: May 19, 2019, 02:28:10 PM »
Prominent Buddhist nuns issue statement calling FPMT to conduct an independent investigation after growing number of women have come out accusing FPMT teachers of sexual harassment and molestation.

According to reports from ex-FPMT members, sexual abuse is common in FPMT centres around the world.

The prominent nuns behind the statement are:

(1) Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, founder of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery, India

(2) Bhiksuni Jampa Tsedroen, PhD University of Hamburg, Germany

(3) Bhikshuni Karma Lekshe Tsomo, PhD
Professor at the University of San Diego, USA, and founder of Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women

(4) Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, USA

(5) Bhikshuni Sangye Khadro, FPMT teacher, USA

(6) Bhikshuni Tenzin Tsepal, FPMT teacher, USA

(7) Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi, FPMT teacher, USA

(8) Ghetzulma Carla Tzultrim Pemo Freccero, Italy

(9) Ghetzulma Lucia Tenzin Ciotzo Bani, Italy

(10) Venerable Tenzin Nordron, USA


10/10 are westerners.

I believe this somehow reflects part of the truth about how these scandals could be covered up for so many years. None of the above nuns is Tibetan, is it possible that not any single Tibetan nun heard about this scandal that happens for so long within the small community of Tibetan Buddhism? Why only the western nuns are speaking up? Don't the Tibetan nuns feel the same anger and shame for what had happened within their Buddhist community? Why don't they say something? Why most Tibetans remain quiet? Are they afraid of something or someone or the consequences of speaking up against the authority?

This staying quiet culture definitely is not related to Tibetan Buddhism. The 10 names on the list are nuns from Tibetan Buddhism too, and they come from different traditions, 3 of them are even the FPMT nuns. It shows that the key factor is not Tibetan Buddhism, but the Tibetans.

Those Western nuns although belong to Tibetan Buddhist tradition, but they are not Tibetans. They come from real democratic countries that grant them the freedom of speech therefore they dare to speak up. No one will charge them anything for speaking up against a sex molester.

However the story is totally different within the Tibetan community under the Tibetan leadership. They claim that they are democratic government but look at how they treat the Dorje Shugden practitioners, does any part of it look like a democratic way of handling religious issue? Obviously it's not. If this government is capable of segregating and punishing you just because your religious view is different from theirs, what do you think they are capable of doing if you directly speak up against them?

Tibetans practised feudal serfdom for hundreds of year until 1959, who can say for sure the Tibetan government in exile will apply real democracy since the top leadership are still under the influence and control of the old batch of leaders? Have you ever seen anyone from a real democratic country so afraid of saying anything against their government even if it's a truth?

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Re: MORE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST DALAI LAMA ASSOCIATE DAGRI RINPOCHE
« Reply #25 on: May 19, 2019, 03:14:47 PM »
It is good that more people are stepping forward to ask for an investigation on Dagri Rinpoche and more victims are releasing statements of their encounters with Dagri Rinpoche. It cannot be a fake accusation from the Spanish woman anymore since she is not the only person who is speaking up now.

For years Dagri Rinpoche has been molesting or taking advantages of the female students including nuns. Some of them reported him to the authority but no one really looked into this issue seriously. No one protected these victims. What made it worse is that FPMT still promotes him as a learned and highly respected lama. What a lie!

How credible is FPMT, really? First, they gave up Dorje Shugden practice that was given to them by their found Lama Yeshe; then they start to condemn and discriminate against Dorje Shugden followers. Lately, it is found that they cover up the crime committed by Dagri Rinpoche. It is lie after lie. These lies have caused many people to lose their faith in Dharma and destroy the lineage. The amount of negative karma they have created is tremendous. Now their karma is coming back to get them. 

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Re: MORE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST DALAI LAMA ASSOCIATE DAGRI RINPOCHE
« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2019, 12:54:32 PM »
What Dagri Rinpoche has done is disgusting and very irresponsible. His students take refuge in him because they trust that he has the qualification to guide them to liberation People who come to him most like are having problems in life but instead of helping them, Dagri Rinpoche give them more pain and sufferings.

Until today, Dagri Rinpoche is still saying he is innocent despite more than 3 women stepping forward to testify against him. He also tries to imply that the Spanish woman Kunzang has mental problems. But it cannot be the Korean woman is also crazy?

What Kunzang wrote about the Tibetan system is true. Tibetans like to sweep things under the carpet and face to them is very important. Like in the case of FPMT, they don't want to lose face because one of their highly promoted Rinpoches is a molester. It is more important to protect their face than to protect the students.

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Re: MORE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST DALAI LAMA ASSOCIATE DAGRI RINPOCHE
« Reply #27 on: May 20, 2019, 04:17:02 PM »
When questioned, Dagri Rinpoche gave his address as the Dalai Lama’s Office. It was a blatant attempt to absolve himself, and to intimidate the Indian police that they should not pursue the matter any further because he is associated with the Dalai Lama.

Very bad example and this is why people around Dalai Lama is doing it get away from the trouble they created.
But since he's working under Dalai Lama office why don't Dalai Lama says something. No one should allow the sexual offender to be free.

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« Reply #28 on: June 02, 2019, 11:56:47 PM »
It seems like Dalai Lama is not bothered as this is not the first time for people around him conducted such act and it's surprisingly! Let say if it's Dorje Shugden practitioners are the one that doing so, Dalai Lama and CTA will clamp of this tightly. But now it's happened to the people surrounding Dalai Lama, that's why he keep quite but how could this gain respect from others?

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« Reply #29 on: June 03, 2019, 01:12:06 PM »
When questioned, Dagri Rinpoche gave his address as the Dalai Lama’s Office. It was a blatant attempt to absolve himself, and to intimidate the Indian police that they should not pursue the matter any further because he is associated with the Dalai Lama.

Very bad example and this is why people around Dalai Lama is doing it get away from the trouble they created.
But since he's working under Dalai Lama office why don't Dalai Lama says something. No one should allow the sexual offender to be free.

Dagri Rinpoche will not get away this time. There is already a court case against him and bringing up His Holiness's name will not help him anymore. Did he really think that being close to His Holiness will bail him out of the crimes that he committed? Don't be silly. India is not treating the Tibetans like how they use to treat them anymore. No more privileges for the Tibetans especially those that committed crimes!

Dagri Rinpoche will reap what he sowed and those who had protected him for decades should be ashamed for encouraging his sick behaviour and not put a stop to it. FPMT is one of them and they should stop defending him by saying he is a bodhisattva and his actions are of compassionate origin. Those lies will not work anymore.

Dagri Rinpoche's action had caused a lot of harm which is more than just the victims. Think about those who are new to Tibetan Buddhism. Their faith in Buddhism will be shattered and this will deter them away from their spiritual path. On top of that, Dagri Rinpoche had been giving out vows and this will definitely affect those who received vows from him.