Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Drupon Rinpoche and Lama Katen - Samye Ling organisation - imprisonment, sexual grooming and coercion

Abuses have been reported to the UK police and a number of students have called for an institutional investigation into the various forms of abuse that have happened within the Samye Ling organisation, including imprisonment, sexual grooming and coercion, abuse of tantric methods and harmful practices within long retreats. A culture of bullying and abuse within the organisation enables abusers to maintain power and ostracise students. Two teachers, Drupon Rinpoche and Lama Katen, have been named in multiple reports, including ex-nuns’ personal testimonies that provide compelling evidence of the validity of these accusations.Widespread reporting of abuse within Tibetan Buddhist Centres internationally is now evident, including three different petitions at the time of writing calling for support to address these related abuses in different lineages. Young African and Nepali children have recently been brought by Drupon Rinpoche to live at his retreat space in Nepal.

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