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Feb. 25, 2016Buddhism: Deception of Sogyal RinpocheYou cannot judge a book by its cover… this is especially true for Buddhists! Although reputed to propagate “peace and love,” this religion occasionally leads to serious cases of abuse and passes under silently with benevolence from the West due to an inadequate grasp of spirituality. This week in Marianne we are coming back to a telling example of Sogyal Rinpoche.
In 2011, Marianne
published a report about the Buddhist retreat center Lérab Ling located in Hérault, which is an hour’s drive from Montpellier. On that occasion, we had observed that the principal owner of the house, a Tibetan Lama named Sogyal Rinpoche, has been carrying out strange practices repeatedly. Public humiliations of his fellow practitioners
, sometimes accompanied by slaps or blows with his back-scratcher, were common.
Sogyal Rinpoche is also adept with racists humor
and chant willingly “Heil Hitler
” when he is speaking to a German disciple. This individual who stands alongside the Dalai Lama in several occasions was seen photographed with Carla Bruni, Alain Juppé, Rama Yade and also Bernard Kouchner (see picture below) in 2008 remained a key figure in Buddhism.Five years after the first article in Marianne, two voices came out to denounce this deceiving fraudster.
Marion Dapsance, a Ph. D. in anthropology of religions, published a book with Max Milo titled Les dévots du bouddhisme
(Devotees of Buddhism). His eye-opening work summarizes a multi-year investigation of the behind-the-scene operations of Buddhism in France.
Olivier Raurich was a privileged witness of numerous instances described in Dapsance’s book. He was the translator for Sogyal Rinpoche and the ex-director of Rigpa France, an organization founded by “the master” whom Raurich had worked for twenty-eight years before walking out last summer. In the issue of this week’s Marianne
, Raurich speaks for the first time about the shocking details.“There have always been allegations about him abusing young women…”Referring specifically to Sogyal Rinpoche, Raurich says that the most distinguishing characteristic of the master is the “huge gap” between “what he says and what he does”:
“He loves luxury, fashion, violent American movies; ecological and social issues do not interest him at all. Besides, he is not in the least ‘embarrassed’ to praise himself immoderately in front of everybody. He stays in extravagant hotels, and uses the most expensive electronic devices. […]There have always been allegations about him abusing young women, not physical abuse, but through powerful psychological influence. Everything, however, was officially justified by the concept of ‘crazy wisdom’ according to which the masters can commit acts that are beyond the understanding for common mortal people.”
Moreover, Raurich explains his inability to comprehend the lack of concern on the part of the Dalai Lama, even though the Dalai Lama has made it clear that “abusive behavior of the masters must be publicly and explicitly exposed.” “My hypothesis is that he cannot discredit Sogyal Rinpoche publicly because it will undermine and have a negative effect on Tibetan Buddhism,
” Raurich adds.
Related report by Marianne in 2011http://www.marianne.net/Le-lama-Rinpoch ... 11593.html