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"The Tribune" picked up Dagri Rinpoche's sex scandal
« on: May 10, 2019, 05:49:06 AM »
One of the major Indian English newspapers, “The Tribune” has picked up Dagri Rinpoche's sex scandal news about him being arrested for molesting a woman on board an Air-India flight. Another charge of molestation has been levelled against him by Jakaira Perez Valdivia from Spain who released a video, accusing him of molesting her at his residence in Namgyal Monastery, McLeodganj in 2008 when she was staying in Dharamsala as a Buddhist nun. Now the news has spread all over India. Too bad for CTA as they pave their way for Tibetans to further lose support from their Indian host. Again, this reflects how ungrateful the Tibetans in exile are, to sexually assault the citizens of their kind host when they are 'refugees'. 




Tibetan monk in eye of ‘MeToo’ storm

Dharamsala, May 9

A “MeToo” campaign has been initiated against a senior Buddhist teacher Dagri Rinpoche, who had been accused of molestation earlier this month while on a flight from Delhi to Gaggal.

On May 3, a woman filed a complaint with the Kangra police, stating that Rinpoche molested her on board an Air-India flight. The Gaggal police detained him before he was released on bail.

Another charge of molestation has been levelled against him. Jakaira Perez Valdivia from Spain has released a video, accusing him of molesting her at his residence at Namgyal Monastery in McLeodganj in 2008. At the time, she was staying in Dharamsala as a Buddhist nun.

In a YouTube video that Valdivia posted on Tuesday, the Spanish woman said it took a long time for her to muster courage and tell what had happened because some people tried to convince her that it didn’t happen, or that whatever he did was out of compassion.

Rinpoche invited her to his residence where he asked her to take off her clothes so that he could perform “some work” on her. He gave her an alcoholic drink, saying it was a “holy substance” which he consumed several times during the session and also poured it on her body. He touched her inappropriately.

The four-page statement she wrote was given to the Kangra police. The copies were sent to the Dalai Lama’s office and also to the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) as he is one of FPMT’s revered teachers.

The Dalai Lama’s office arranged a meeting between the two, for Rinpoche to apologise. Valdivia said since he apologised, she didn’t approach the police.

She said in the video that she knew of many women who had been molested by Rinpoche. She urged them to come forward to tell their stories. In 2010, Valdivia wrote a four-page declaration detailing the incident in which she explained that she had approached Rinpoche for blessing and consulted with him a disk hernia problem so that she could avoid surgery.

Source: https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/tibetan-monk-in-eye-of-metoo-storm/770574.html



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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2019, 06:03:07 PM »
More media are picking up the news and now Dagri Rinpoche has his own me too campaign. I am sure sooner or later, more women will stand up and speak the truth against him. He has been doing his nasty deeds for decades and the Tibetan government and FPMT have been keeping quiet about it. They tried to dismiss the complaints and pretend that never happened.

For FPMT it is obvious that they are afraid that they will lose connection with his "big" lama that is well connected to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They are willing to sacrifice their own nuns and members just to maintain their link to His Holiness. It seems like fame and power are much more important to them than their own nuns and members.

People are not stupid now and Dagri Rinpoche will have to face the consequences of his own actions. Sogyal is lucky that he is able to get away but karma will catch up with him later. It seems like after FPMT gave up Dorje Shugden practice, everything that Lama Yeshe built up with his hard work crumbles into the ground.

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2019, 04:44:14 AM »


Tricycle also reported about this scandal. Looks like everyone is confirming the truth of it. I wonder why FPMT is still quiet about this?

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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2019, 08:36:48 PM »
I love what Joanne Clark wrote about this matter:

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Will the FPMT Stand by its Code of Ethics?

Saturday, 11 May 2019
By Joanne Clark

For those of us who have held hope that the Foundation For the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) might provide some leadership in resolving troubles of abuse within Western Tibetan Buddhist Centres, this has been a hard week. We have held hope because the FPMT’s code of ethics, signed by all teachers teaching at FPMT centres, has demonstrated a clarity about students’ needs not seen in other Tibetan Buddhist institutions.

Here is an example:

“FPMT is committed to promoting safe environments wherein the dignity of every individual is respected. Everyone participating in FPMT-related activities has the right and shall be free from harassment of any type, be it sexual harassment, intimidation, bullying, or other forms of harassment. Everyone coming into contact with the FPMT network shall be treated with dignity and respect.”

And this:

“Sexual relationships between Dharma teachers and students while a student is attending the teacher’s teachings, course or retreat are prohibited, and are strongly discouraged at all other times as long as there is a Dharma teacher-student relationship. Please see below for a policy specific to Dharma teachers. Others in positions of authority are also strongly discouraged from entering into sexual relationships in situations where there may be a real or perceived power imbalance. As well, no teacher, volunteer, staff member, or other representative of the hosting center shall make sexual advances to any participant during a teaching, course or retreat.”

This is the clear language students have been seeking from other Buddhist organizations. Sadly, however, a woman has recently claimed that the FPMT failed to honestly and appropriately address her allegations that Dagri Rinpoche, a teacher at FPMT centres, sexually assaulted her while she was a nun at Thosamling some years ago. This claim followed a recent allegation made to police in India by a woman who claimed that Dagri Rinpoche molested her while on a plane. According to The Tribune Newspaper (India), “the Gaggal police detained him before he was released on bail.” There are also claims that more women have been abused by him, though these have not been made public or verified.

In the first testimony, that given by Jakaira Perez Valdivi on Utube video, there is a disturbing description of the effort made by Dagri Rinpoche and the FPMT institution to undermine her story, effectively silencing her. She claims that Dagri Rinpoche lied to others about having apologized to her and that the FPMT labelled his actions as “compassionate massage” and not sexual at all. According to Jakaira’s story, his actions included fondling her breasts and pushing his genitals against her—not something that can be called “compassionate massage.” According to her, he apologized to her, but then lied and claimed that she apologized to him.

At best, the FPMT has failed to validate her concerns and failed to resolve a situation that has badly damaged her wellbeing and spiritual path. At worst, they are covering up a crime. At best, Dagri Rinpoche’s actions, as described by Jakaira and the recent allegation from the woman on the plane, disqualify him from ever teaching in an FPMT centre. At worst, they are criminal. Will he continued to teach at FPMT centres? Why has nothing been done to resolve the situation for Jakaira and why has he continued to teach at FPMT centres?

The FPMT say that these two incidents did not occur at an FPMT facility, project or institution and so the ethics policy does not apply. However, he has continued to teach at FPMT centres and the failure of this institution to act responsibly in the context of carefully screening their teachers and hearing the needs of survivors demonstrates a lack of fiduciary care and due diligence in my opinion. These problems are not fixed by simply finding loopholes.

And this is the big problem. In the current climate, with students from Rigpa, Shambhala and other Buddhist institutions still traumatized from disclosures of sexual abuse by their leaders, every Buddhist institution is called upon to be diligent regarding the behaviours of teachers. There should be no compromising on this, no finding loopholes or making excuses or quick fixes. It is one thing for a student to come to terms with the fact that a well-respected Dharma teacher is abusive. However, when the harm becomes institutionalized, when Tibetan Buddhist institutions fail to come forward with appropriate measures of validation, compassion and resolve, and continue to validate the integrity of that teacher, then the situation turns critical. This has happened in Rigpa, Shambhala and too many other Buddhist centres who are scrambling only now to put together flimsy codes of ethics.

The following letter from within the FPMT, from the Center Services Director of the FPMT International Office in Portland Oregon, reflects this sentiment. It appears that there is little appetite within the International Office for simply finding those loopholes in the Ethics Policy:

Dear Friends,

It has come to our attention that there are newspaper stories and social media accounts circulating stating that a lady in India has made a report to the Indian police accusing Dagri Rinpoche of molesting her on a flight in India.

As Dagri Rinpoche is currently an FPMT registered teacher, we at International Office are following this story closely and awaiting any additional updates and reports about the outcome of the accusation.

We understand that Dagri Rinpoche believes he is innocent of the accusation and is preparing a personal statement in response to the accusation.

Although the alleged event did not take place at an FPMT center, if the investigation results do determine that the accusation is correct, then we would follow the guidelines described under Administering the ETHICAL POLICY, in the ETHICS AND ETHICAL POLICY section of the Affiliates Area and it could impact Dagri Rinpoche’s inclusion on the FPMT registered teachers list, as per the FPMT Ethical Policy.

While we are awaiting any conclusions on this story, we send our prayers for all parties involved in and affected by this story.

We are sure that this will remind all of the importance of our responsibility to uphold ethical behaviour, especially by those of us who manage and teach at FPMT centers, projects and services.

Warmly,
Claire

Claire Isitt
Center Services Director

Statements such as this from within the FPMT’s establishment are encouraging. Indeed, the FPMT statement on the need for centres to take strong measures in instances of abuse is clear and strong within their ethical policy, though perhaps it can be amended to account for this situation. If it had been followed, Jakaira might have received the validation she needed. Here is how they describe those measures:

Misconduct on the part of persons in positions of power or trust can undermine the integrity of the organization, causing demoralization and loss of faith. Hence, the behaviours described in the Ethical Policy below are prohibited, and a center, project, or service’s grievance procedures should be put into effect if a breach occurs.

Each individual in a position of authority, within their area of responsibility in the FPMT organization, is also required to act on any appearance or complaint of misconduct. It is crucial that such individuals identify and express concerns about conduct that may be harmful, so that procedures for dealing with problems can be implemented.

FPMT’s Ethical Policy applies to all activities, interactions, or communications including those on-line, on social media, by telephone, in person, or by any other means as long as the activity, interaction, or communication in question concerns or pertains to FPMT-related actions, duties, or responsibilities.

We also need to be clear that we should have very little reason to doubt Jakaira’s story. In fact, if we hear FPMT make such a statement as to the “compassionate massage” of a monk alone with a nun (as she alleges they said), that should be enough to cause us to question their viewpoint! And statistics show that false allegations of sexual assault are rare and that most victims of sexual assault choose not to report — because they fear not being believed and becoming re-traumatized by a brutal system. These statistics are important because until women are believed and validated, there will be no change to a very widespread culture of abuse in institutions both East and West. We are in a “MeToo” movement where the problem will simply not go away without institutional change, without acknowledgement from all concerned that there is a systemic, serious problem.

Last November, some 130 former and current students of Tibetan Buddhism signed a letter addressed to over forty lamas from all four lineages. We translated this letter into Tibetan. Attached to this letter was a translation into Tibetan of another letter, that written by eight former senior students of Sogyal Lakhar, in which they outlined his serious physical, psychological and sexual abuses over decades. We asked only one question in the letter. We simply wanted to know whether or not lamas found these behaviours acceptable—e.g. behaviours of beating and sexually abusing students, using student donations to live a lavish lifestyle etc. As of this writing, six months later, we have had only two responses.¹

We wrote that letter with the intention of receiving better clarity on how we, as long-time Dharma students, could move forward on our spiritual paths after abusive situations—and how we could insure better safety within Western Dharma Centres. We neither want to be abused on our spiritual paths nor do we not want to practice in an environment of abuse. Many of us sat silent while Sogyal Lakhar spent hours of his teaching time viciously maligning and insulting students. We are horrified that we turned our back on harm as we sat through these tirades. The letter was written sincerely, from our hearts, with no ulterior motive other than stopping harm and knowing where safety lay. To many of us, the lack of response from forty lamas is in fact a very brutal and non-compassionate response. A lack of caring.

Tahlia Newland and I also wrote a letter to HH Dalai Lama in which we told him that we had written these letters to lamas and why. We explained also that the Vajrayana had been used to justify abusive behaviors and to silence students with threats of hell if they objected. We explained that many were questioning the Vajrayana now and many needed better clarity. We asked him to please bring the matter up at the meeting scheduled for Tibetan Buddhist leaders last November. We received a response from his office two days later, asking us to forward the matter to the Kalon of Religion and Culture and to CC His Holiness. We did that. Shortly after, the meeting was postponed and we fear that now, there will be little hope of this topic being raised if the meeting is ever held. The kalon has not responded to us either.

I believe that abusive behaviors within the context of the Vajrayana make this situation particularly critical—and particularly in need of strong leadership that can provide clarity. Though some FPMT teachers are amongst those who haven’t replied to our letter, many of us have nonetheless held out a hope for this organization because of its strongly worded ethics code—and because of the responsible and thorough approach to Dharma in the FPMT educational programs, their responsible approach to the Vajrayana.

I would like to add to this my desire that FPMT seek now to sincerely and compassionately reach out with support to Jakaira Perez Valdivi and others who might have made similar claims of harm from FPMT teachers that are not known to us. Publicly, a statement from the FPMT on how they intend to address this situation and others like it would be very helpful towards insuring that a growing group of disillusioned Dharma students do not lose trust in the good intentions of the FPMT. Trust demands better transparency and this has been lacking. Most of all, I truly believe that the code of silence that has ruled within Tibetan Buddhist culture in the West needs to end if the Dharma in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition is to thrive.

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Re: "The Tribune" picked up Dagri Rinpoche's sex scandal
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2019, 05:19:35 PM »
Karma is really catching up on Dagri Rinpoche after so many years of abusing women including nuns. He is a very bad example of a Dharma teacher and Rinpoche. People come to a lama for advises or to learn Dharma because people trust them. However, this Dagri Rinpoche's behaviour is making people losing faith and confidence in Dharma.

If Dagri Rinpoche cannot resist women, why doesn't he just disrobe and go get married? It is very bad of him to still wear the Sangha's robe and molest women. These women trusted him and Dharma but what he has done has destroyed these women's lives.

Dagri Rinpoche can deny all he wants but Ms. Jaki, the victim had not told lies. A few people have also stepped forward to become Ms. Jaki's witnesse.  I hope Dagri Rinpoche will be brought to justice and get what he deserves for molesting women. His behaviour is not acceptable at all and has to be stopped!

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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2019, 10:32:19 PM »
Dagri Rinpoche's sex scandal is getting more exposure now. More and more people are speaking up and even the The Tribune is exposing it. Ms Jaki, the victim from 10 years ago is speaking up now this also telling us that he has been doing this for the past 10 years. What is more incredible is that FPMT has been informed about his attitude and why they still allow him to move around to look for victim. Why don't they do something to confine him? It has been 10 years long and how many more victims out there? BIG QUESTION HERE....WHY FPMT DIDN'T PUT A STOP?

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2019, 11:51:00 AM »
More media are reporting on Dagri Rinpoche, more women are stepping forward. Dagri Rinpoche has to face the consequence of his wrongdoings. He cannot get away this time like the other lamas. The whole issue of Dagri Rinpoche should serve as a warning to other lamas or monks who are molesting their students.

They cannot molest the students in the name of religion anymore. If Dagri Rinpoche is so learned he should know why in Gelug lineage there is no consort practice. Why do Gelug monks have to remain celibate. If remaining celibate is important, it also means not to have an intimate relationship with anyone. Is it so hard to understand that touching someone's breast is considered intimate?

Dagri Rinpoche is a monster, his behaviour makes his teaching in valid in the sense that he has lost the blessings from his guru, from Buddhas because he has broken his vows and his samaya with his teachers. Why does FPMT continue to let him teach in FPMT when his teachings have no blessings and thus the students will not gain any realisation.

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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2019, 03:16:18 PM »
Wow! This case of Dagri Rinpoche is gathering momentum with demands for investigation into his predatory activities. Will the Tibetan leaders finally act or will they give more excuses to sweep it under the carpet? How many more needs to be harmed before Dagri Rinpoche is truly exposed.

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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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2019, 04:41:32 PM »
Wow! This case of Dagri Rinpoche is gathering momentum with demands for investigation into his predatory activities. Will the Tibetan leaders finally act or will they give more excuses to sweep it under the carpet? How many more needs to be harmed before Dagri Rinpoche is truly exposed.

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 into the accusations.

Thanks for sharing. I'm very happy to know that ten senior Buddhist nuns, including Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and Ven. Thubten Chodron are making a statement. This is good because these nuns will not let women suffer as leaders of Buddhist Sangha.

I hope FPMT will show some respect to these women leaders and take the case seriously. FPMT should not keep quiet because many people who have taken initiations and teachings from Dagri Rinpoche will have issues dealing with a teacher who is arrested for misconduct. I know I will if I have received initiations and teachings from Dagri Rinpoche.
 

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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2019, 04:48:55 PM »
There is a change.org petition asking FPMT to take responsibility and conduct an independent investigation of widespread sexual molestation by high-ranking teachers within their organisation. Will the Tibetan leaders finally act on the crimes committed rather than sweep them under the carpet?

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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2019, 05:13:55 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 #11 on: May 19, 2019, 12:26:54 PM »
Dagri Rinpoche's sex scandal is getting more exposure now. More and more people are speaking up and even the The Tribune is exposing it. Ms Jaki, the victim from 10 years ago is speaking up now this also telling us that he has been doing this for the past 10 years. What is more incredible is that FPMT has been informed about his attitude and why they still allow him to move around to look for victim. Why don't they do something to confine him? It has been 10 years long and how many more victims out there? BIG QUESTION HERE....WHY FPMT DIDN'T PUT A STOP?

I do wonder why did Lama Zopa and FPMT did not stop Dagri Rinpoche when Jakaira Perez made the complaint and report 10 years ago? Instead, they allowed him to misaligned Jakaira as being problematic and unreasonable. Then the Korean lady came out in her facebook to support claims that he sexually molested the women. However, it would seemed that its not only women but also boy monks. Why has Dagri Rinpoche been left to travel, teach and give initiations worldwide without any restraint, allowing him freedom to continue his molestation activities? What kind of harm has he brought to the lineage that many who received practices from him must be tainted by? Will they go to hell for receiving from a broken vow holder? Most of all, will the women who went through the confusing trauma be able to get their justice? What is Lama Zopa and FPMT going to do, especially when Dagri Rinpoche is a registered Lama at their centres? They are responsible!!

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« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2019, 12:59:47 AM »
The news of Dagri Rinpoche has hit the world media! On one side I feel shame because of the action of these people which suppose to give peace, healing, practices, initiation, dharma teaching but ended with their personal disgusted attachment. On the other side, I feel that it's good to be on the world media platform for awareness and action for FPMT, Lama Zopa, Dalai Lama, and even Dagri Rinpoche to take responsibility of their own action. What the world needs to see is how it is being managed and not to generalise matters. Any religious and organization will have good and bad people. What important is how to stop them and prevention as well as damage control.

This is nothing about Buddhism but individual that use Buddhism for their wrongdoing. We must be very objective looking into this subject.

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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2019, 03:00:07 PM »
The news of Dagri Rinpoche has hit the world media! On one side I feel shame because of the action of these people which suppose to give peace, healing, practices, initiation, dharma teaching but ended with their personal disgusted attachment. On the other side, I feel that it's good to be on the world media platform for awareness and action for FPMT, Lama Zopa, Dalai Lama, and even Dagri Rinpoche to take responsibility of their own action. What the world needs to see is how it is being managed and not to generalise matters. Any religious and organization will have good and bad people. What important is how to stop them and prevention as well as damage control.

This is nothing about Buddhism but individual that use Buddhism for their wrongdoing. We must be very objective looking into this subject.

I bet Dagri Rinpoche's news shocked the whole world. Many high lamas did similar nasty crimes, and they are being exposed one by one now. There is no hiding from their sins, and the karma is catching up now. He has a court case against him now, and he won't be able to pull a Sogyal and escape from his crimes.

It is shocking to know that a high lama like him can commit crimes like this and still get away with it in the first place. Thanks to FPMT and corrupted Dalai Lama's man that brushed those allegations against Dagri Rinpoche when they first appeared decades ago. Now they will not be able to brush it off since it is reported by an Indian woman to the police directly.

Dagri Rinpoche will have to pay for his dirty deeds and his uncontrollable lust. It is sad to see a high lama acting so perversely and have no shame. It stains the image of Tibetan Buddhism and will turn many away from Buddhism. He will have a lot of negative karma to deal with for severing the spiritual path of many onlookers.

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Re: "The Tribune" picked up Dagri Rinpoche's sex scandal
« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2019, 11:54:11 PM »
So many high lamas had been exposed to being sexual offenders and in this day and age, news such as this will be exposed and travels fast. These lamas used their positions of authority to take advantage of those vulnerable and dare not speak out. With so many already exposed, imagine what it was like when they were in Tibet where communications are still backward? Being in spirituality obviously does not means practice and imagine all the young lives who were entrusted into these sex predators' hands. Such violation of trusts and they will grow up thinking wrong as right. It really has to stop as these kinds of harm can be carried forward generations by generations. I am glad to see the Buddhist nuns had joined together in asking for an inquiry into the Dagri Rinpoche's case and for it not to be swept under the carpet. Will the Tibetan Leaders pay heed?