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by TRC
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

I found the link to the story of the teenager I had in mind: https://buddhism-controversy-blog.com/2016/12/01/lock-the-door-i-was-devoted-to-a-great-buddhist-master-and-then-i-quit-by-mimi-former-dakini/ Kirt is talking about another story: https://buddhism-controversy-blog.com/2017/06/21/abuse-in-...
by TRC
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

Could someone with some knowledge on the topic of Samaya (Malcolm?) please be so kind and say a few words to clear up the following? 1) We're harming Samaya by exposing our Guru after we've have been sexually or physically abused by him 2) We should therefore keep quiet and keep practicing 3) By ke...
by TRC
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

And we know that Sogyal gives more than just Dharma teachings. He may give out turd sandwhiches at the end of each teaching, I am under no obligation to accept them. Like I said, a bit of common sense goes a looooooong way. Yep, common sense is a good thing indeed. A good example of it would be kee...
by TRC
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

Well, I must say that I find that quite incredible that you would put people in a position of potential harm. Potential harm from a Dharma teaching? Anyway, this is Samsara dude, there is potential harm (and suffering) in every thing we do. Yes, that's right. So why risk increasing the incidence of...
by TRC
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

Tell me Grigoris, would you still advise people to attend Rigpa now, knowing what has just unfolded? Yes. As far as I am concerned Sogyal Rinpoche is an incredible teacher. But I would also also advise them to be wary of any extracurricular activity. It is one thing to receive teachings from a grea...
by TRC
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

Well looks like that gives me the right to comment. Not that I would refrain, just because you say so. I am not saying you shouldn't comment, I am saying that commenting solves nothing. Get your facts straight. Quite right you didn't say that. Tell me Grigoris, would you still advise people to atte...
by TRC
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

Well looks like that gives me the right to comment. Not that I would refrain, just because you say so.
by TRC
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

We will believe what we want to believe and use teachers to support that view wherever we can. Yes, true. That's probably why it's best to pay attention to those who actually know what has gone on, and that would be those who have been closest to Sogyal out of probably anyone for many years, and ha...
by TRC
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

Yes, all that matters is that Sogyal hasn’t done anything legally wrong in the regards to the law, not whether he has done anything ethically and morally wrong in regards to the Dharma. With all due respect, that is far from clear. There have long been allegations (I stress the word) that he has do...
by TRC
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

Yes, all that matters is that Sogyal hasn’t done anything legally wrong in the regards to the law, not whether he has done anything ethically and morally wrong in regards to the Dharma.
by TRC
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

smcj wrote:This is all theoretical. Please do not thing that I am defending Sogyal R. I do have an opinion but I'd rather keep it private.
Fair enough smcj, I understand.
by TRC
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

However in today's world having that theoretical view accepted has become license for unenlightened bad behavior to have the pretext of Dharmic activity. Why should Vajrayana orthodoxy maintain the idea that a teacher can do no wrong int he light of the trouble it is causing? I believe (my opinion)...
by TRC
Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

Wat do you think dzogchungpa, do realised beings still have the capacity to harm and abuse others? Well, it depends on what 'realised' means and, I might add, 'harm' and 'abuse'. If you want a straightforward answer, I will say: I don't know. I'm inclined to believe that "realization" is not enough...
by TRC
Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

With all due respect, if this fat, abusive Sogyal prick was a Mormon we would all be going on about how degenerate the Mormon religion is and not hemming and hawing about whether he "has realization". I am sorry, but all of the equivocation on this is not good for Tibetan Buddhism in the West. The ...
by TRC
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

• XX, student for 33 years, Three Year Retreatant, former Director of the International Rigpa Online Courses & Rigpa US Teaching Services for 5 years, International Senior Instructor • XX, student for 16 years, Three Year Retreatant, Buddhist monk for 14 years, Codirector of technology for Rigpa In...
by TRC
Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 139172

Re: Very sad news

Here is a link to the full letter composed by current and former Rigpa students, that was sent to Lion's Roar: http://openboeddhisme.nl/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Letter-to-Sogyal-Lakar-14-06-2017-.pdf If you are not aware of the depth of depravity that Sogyal Rinpoche has sunk to, you may find the ...
by TRC
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Democrats and Republicans
Replies: 62
Views: 7475

Re: Democrats and Republicans

On social economic policy, the fundamental difference between the philosophies of the two major American political parties is this: Republicans believe in individual cause and effect. One should reap the effects of one's actions, benefits and consequences. In terms of welfare, this translates to ge...
by TRC
Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difference in attainments
Replies: 256
Views: 22680

Re: Difference in attainments

No. It is. And even your Bhante says so in the video... He’s not “my” Bhante, but I have listened carefully to his talk and nowhere does he say that nirodha-samapatti is nirvana. Please quote the passage where he says this, if this is what you claim. Note: Seclusion in the above suttas means unbind...
by TRC
Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difference in attainments
Replies: 256
Views: 22680

Re: Difference in attainments

Now, although it should be abundantly clear that nirodha-samapatti is not nirvana, No. It is. And even your Bhante says so in the video... He’s not “my” Bhante, but I have listened carefully to his talk and nowhere does he say that nirodha-samapatti is nirvana. Please quote the passage where he say...
by TRC
Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difference in attainments
Replies: 256
Views: 22680

Re: Difference in attainments

Nirvana, as conceived in Hinayāna, is indeed the utter cessation of one's stream based on analysis (pratisamkhyanirodha). Perceptions and feelings are included in everything that ceases. The Sauntrantikas, according to the Kosha, even go so far as the assert that Nirvana is nonexistence. Nirvana wi...

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