Understanding and Healing Abuse in Buddhist Communities

Month: November 2021

A Brilliant Analysis of the Rigpa Renewed Apology

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In this brand new YouTube video, former long-time Rigpa student and instructor, Tahlia Newland, examines the “Rigpa Renewed Apology” recently issued on October 15, 2021. She holds it up against the Four Powers described in the Vajrasattva practice of confession and healing.

Newland points out where the apology matches the criteria laid out in the practice for a real confession and apology and where it falls short.

Watch it below or on YouTube.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, you can read my own written response to the Rigpa Renewed Apology in this article: Never Accept an Incomplete or Inauthentic Apology.

I sent my response to Rigpa on October 31. 2021, but have yet heard anything back, despite their claim to care so much for the people who were abused by Sogyal Rinpoche.

By provide feedback like this, I personally hope to help Rigpa craft a true and complete apology that would be meaningful to the people who were harmed by Sogyal Rinpoche.

Should We Accept Rigpa’s October 2021 “Renewed Apology?”

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Hello Friends,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog—more than two years.

But recently—out of the blue—I received an email from the Rigpa U.S. Board directing me to Rigpa’s Renewed Apology (dated October 15, 2021) on the Rigpa International website.

I don’t trust the new apology and felt compelled to respond. If you’d like to read my response, you’ll find it here:

Never Accept an Incomplete or Inauthentic Apology

In this article, I describe what constitutes a “true apology.” I then go on to enumerate the ways in which I find Rigpa’s Renewed Apology lacking.

I hope you find it helpful or illuminating in some way.

With best wishes, Sandra

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