By Dhivan Thomas Jones on Tue, 7 Jul, 2020 - 17:55
Here we present a review of a recent book about the life of the disgraced Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Sogyal Rimpoche.
Sex and Violence in Tibetan Buddhism: The Rise and Fall of Sogyal Rimpoche
by Mary Finnigan and Rob Hogendoorn. Portland, Oregon: Jorvik Press, 2019, pback, 191pp., £15.95
review by Dhivan
The headline comes from an address by the Dalai Lama, given in Ladakh in August 2017, after eight former students of Sogyal Rimpoche wrote an open letter to their teacher, regarding his physical and sexual abuse of students as well...
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