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August 2017

On 11 August, Sogyal Rinpoche announced his retirement as spiritual director from all the organisations that bear the name of Rigpa in different countries around the world.

The decision follows a number of allegations brought against Sogyal Rinpoche, which have been widely shared on the internet. The governing boards and management teams of Rigpa have resolved to clarify the situation responsibly, in a way that is entirely consistent with ethical Buddhist values. They are also seeking professional and spiritual advice and plan to establish a new advisory group to guide the Rigpa organisation going forward.

As an international network of Buddhist centres, Rigpa continues to dedicate its efforts to making the Buddhist teachings of meditation, compassion and wisdom available to the modern world. The courses and programmes offered by Rigpa have helped many thousands of people around the world experience relief from suffering and find meaning in their lives.

Channels have been established to ensure that members of our community have the opportunity to express their wishes, views and concerns.

We will continue to post updates about plans for the organisation.