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Virgil Pauls
4 weeks ago
It is not 'slandering the Sangha,' nor is it 'divisive speech,' to address wrong-doing that is real. We need to know the truth. Any wrong actions need to be cleanly named and addressed, for the Sangha to then heal and purify itself. If this cannot be done, it will simply add to a growing crisis of trust and credibility in the Buddhadharma worldwide.

As several well known Buddhist teachers have recently been exposed for this kind of misconduct, it is urgent to settle this compassionately and with respect to the victims. None of those who brought these allegations forward would have done this frivolously, or without careful reflection. The risks are too great.

'Not Disrespecting Women' is specifically mentioned in the '14 Basic Commitments of the Tantric Samaya Vow'. Dagri Rinpoche needs to be held accountable for his actions, both legally, and according to the trust that the FPMT students and organization have put in him. "Respect" for lamas should not put lamas above the standards set down by Buddha himself. It is time to show the world that there is no place for any kind of abuse in the practice of Dharma. Failing to act, or to deliberately cover up the scandal when the truth is known, is to damage the reputation of the holy Dharma itself. A full investigation is needed, and the truth of these charges faced.

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Roy Matthews
1 month ago
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Ursula Bernsmann
Jul 31, 2019
Abuse is abuse – no matter whether the offender is a saint or insane. And no person other than the concerned can judge whether words or actions have been beneficial or harmful to her/him. So already on a secular level it is really strange that an accused and his sympathizers vehemently deny any kind of malfeasance, but speak in a flowery language about beneficial actions. How can results be so disastrous for all sides, if the means applied were those of a highly realized master?

From a spiritual point of view, the whole issue is also very disappointing: I have never heard or read about highly realized masters who tried “to save their bacon” – and this by debasing, accusing or threatening a sentient being. How poor and sad!

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Sarah Cash
Jul 31, 2019
Nt reasons for signing this are many fold, but briefly, I have spent many decades defending the rifgts of women *everywhere*ti be heard and treated nit just by some religious organisation, but by the common laws of the country in which they were abused!
To NOT sign this is to cause cruelty and allow sex offenders the RIGHT TO ABUSE, RAPE and KILL.

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gillian trebilcock
Jul 23, 2019
compassion for both the molested and the molester

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Lorrie O.
Jul 10, 2019
The cOMpass cOMpassion: West, South, North, East. Straight, as was at birth, and is, and will be, is non-wed, and of the 4 directions, of the 1st direction West, the 9 Supreme Truth neither forced conception business; of the 2nd direction South, the 9 Supreme Truth nor rape business; of the 3rd direction North, the 9 Supreme Good neither adoption business; of the 4th direction East, the 9 Supreme Good nor abortion business; and is of the Supreme Truth Supreme Good: Love feel, and Labor do, Life do, Peace do, and Meditate know, Wealth know.

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Anna Morgan
Jul 9, 2019
there is a wide spread problem of abuse in the TB tradition, and this needs to be addressed and genuine reform undertaken or the dharma will not continue to flourish.

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Elisabeth Crokaerts
Jul 7, 2019
It's an important matter. No abuse in Buddhism.

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Anton Neumann
Jul 6, 2019
Buddhism is a wonderful philosophy/religion. But people aren't perfect and Buddhist organisations need to have a clear, accessible, independent and trustworthy complaints procedure. This is essential both to protect people from unfair complaints and to protect people from abuse. I sincerely hope the FPMT board puts this into place so that the alleged misconduct by Dagri Rinpoche can be resolved.

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friedgard lottermoser
Jul 2, 2019
ich unterschreibe weil, "sexual abuse of women by a well known Tibetan Lama (and other male Buddhist monastics) ... should not be tolerated."