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.
The following steps have been taken:
1. An independent investigation has been initiated by a neutral third party into the various allegations that have been made.
2. An international consultation process has been launched to establish both a code of conduct and a grievance process for Rigpa.
3. A new spiritual advisory group has been established to guide the Rigpa organization.
These steps are being taken by the boards and management teams of Rigpa worldwide, in a true spirit of collaboration. Channels will be established so that any member of our community has the opportunity to express their wishes, views and concerns.
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 programs offered by Rigpa have helped many thousands of people around the world experience relief from suffering and find meaning in their lives.
We are fully implementing Rinpoche’s retirement as spiritual director and his having no further role in the management of the organisation. Meanwhile we await the results of the independent investigation into the allegations.
We will continue to post updates about plans for the organisation.