A while ago, I said I wouldn’t write anymore in-depth articles, and even though I haven’t, the blog has kept running until now. I truly don’t have time to write those in-depth articles – they took me a couple of days work – so those won’t return unless someone else writes them, but I’ve discovered that after a day working with words, though I don’t feel like writing, I’m happy to shoot a video and edit it. I have been putting these vlogs publically on one of my You Tube Channels, but from now on, I’m only going to share them with my patrons and members of the What Now? Facebook group.
As some of you know, I’ve received some nastiness from people over my willingness to speak out on the topic of abuse in Tibetan Buddhism, and not all of it came from people dedicated to Sogyal Rinpoche. It seems that when you’re trying to walk the middle way, you can upset people from both extremes. After a particularly viscious couple of messages recently in which my motivations were completely misunderstood and the degree of hatred expressed was actually rather scary, I decided, after being assured by quite a few people that they are still finding my words helpful, that I would keep vlogging, but in private.
Those of us who have left Rigpa in the wake of the revelations of abuse, still have much to examine if we are to fully recover from our experience in Rigpa, and that examination is taking place in the Secret Facebook Group. It is only for current and previous students of Rigpa, however, and we do moderate it closely to keep it free of personal attacks. If you’re interested in joining, please contact us via the contact page and ask for an invite.
If you weren’t in Rigpa or don’t want to join the Facebook group but you want to continue the dicussion and/or hear my vlogs, you can access the vlogs and be able to comment on them by joining my patreon Community. Yes, to join us you would need to contribute a little each month to support my vlogging and writing, but that’s how I’ll know that you want to walk this journey with me, rather than abuse me.
I’ve given up on Rigpa and all those lamas who insist on silence and obedience, and I am now, along with others in the group, focused on examination of the beliefs we held as part of the process of moving on with our lives.
I don’t know when or if another blog post will appear here. You’re welcome to submit a post for consideration if you wish.
Ex-Rigpa students and their Rigpa dharma friends who don’t want to discuss abuse in Rigpa can stay in touch through the Dharma Companions Facebook Group.
The What Now? Reference Material page has links to a wealth of articles in the topics related to abuse in Buddhist communities. For links to places to assist in healing from abuse see the sangha care resources page.