Karma Dorje wrote:
I am absolutely mystified why there has been no public calling to account of this organization by the Palyul organization as a whole.
Because to acknowledge that there is a problem means that someone is responsible for the problem, and in this case it all leads back to Gyaltrul Rinpoche and Penor Rinpoche.
This is the just the standard Tibetan approach, if you pretend that something isn't a problem, it ceases to be one, theoretically.
I guess I'd have to respectfully disagree here. A person's actions are their own. We could just as easily say her actions lead back to her parents, or the mayor of the town in which either/both the perpetrator and victim live, or her former therapist, etc.
At any given moment, the students of this or that teacher are misbehaving. Tibetan teachers such as Penor Rinpoche are not bonded bounty hunters, or licensed detectives, or elected political reps with the power to arrest or detain people. All they can do, and all they have ever done, is offer advice; one of the chief distinguishing characteristics of Buddhism (contrasted with, say, orthodox Catholicism) is personal responsibility as opposed to hierarchical hegemony.
It's utterly tragic if a disciple or students goes astray and wreaks havoc, to be sure. I completely side with a victim of any harassment. But it would be just as (probably more) effective to go after the perpetrator's family in search of some kind of justice--meaning, not very. Once someone's past 18 years of age, it's very hard to justify holding others accountable for their actions.
Organized community, however, can be extremely effective: can those concerned with this issue band together and out-Tweet the perpetrator? I say this realizing that it also may be just as, or more, effective to distance oneself/selves from the alleged offender altogether.
Also, I have to ask, is it really possible to know who's entirely at fault in either direction, given the lack of court case? Wouldn't it be better for both parties to just keep their distance before it gets to that point, and realize that there isn't any gain to either by maintaining a relationship?