One way the Rigpa community can care for each other is by knowing how to raise a complaint or grievance about past or present behaviour in Rigpa. This includes informing friends who have left Rigpa and may have an unresolved ethical question or complaint that impacts on their peace of mind. Rigpa has put in place a grievance process that operates at the local and national level, but also includes an external independent council that can be contacted directly. The national councils and independent council are empowered to make recommendations to the Rigpa boards, including the Vision Board, which the boards commit to act on.Read More
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We're opening this page to share recent developments and events happening in Rigpa as they unfold. A lot has happened in the past eight months. Rigpa is undergoing change and transformation and we recognize the need to communicate in many different ways, and more regularly.
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In July 2017 a number of allegations of misconduct were brought against Rigpa's founder, Sogyal Rinpoche. One of the actions undertaken by Rigpa was to commission an independent investigation into the allegations to enable witnesses to come forward and be listened to in an open, impartial and sensitive way.
The report also makes recommendations to Rigpa as a public charity.
The report can be found here.
A statement in response to the report made by Rigpa’s boards can be found here.
The new Rigpa Code of Conduct is now signed off by all the Rigpa Boards and is in the process of being implemented. The collaborative process of defining and articulating our community’s ethics and values took almost 12 months. Looking back, I see how important it was for our multicultural, diverse organisation to take its time and not to rush. The workshops, meetings, consultations and seemingly endless refining had the side effect of unifying our diverse organisation.Read More
The European Buddhist Union recently brought together representatives from Buddhists groups of all traditions for a three-day conference at the Stupa of Enlightenment in Benalamadena, Spain. Dorothea and Gabriele from Rigpa who attended the event, share a bit about it.Read More
I’m an Australian living in a Buddhist community on a relatively remote French plateau. When people discover this, they often ask: “Really? What time do you get up in the morning?” “What do you actually do?” “Are you a monk?” and “Are you all vegetarian?”. In reality, we are students from more than 20 different countries with diverse roles, routines, relationships, and diet. Here's a little snapshot of life in our spiritual community with a magnificent Tibetan Buddhist temple at its centre.Read More
New to Buddhism in 2002, I couldn’t understand how writing my recently deceased father’s name on a piece of paper, a ‘prayer list’, could possibly help him or me. Skip ahead 15 years when my mother was dying, after practising Buddhism for a few years I had gained a whole new understanding and appreciation for how prayers can help us at any time of life—either when we are facing challenges or even as a support in good times.Read More
In the past I worked for a business that created a new set of shared values and code of behaviour after it merged with another company. It was surprisingly rewarding to contemplate values in a commercial setting—it was so different to what we normally spent our time on. In contrast, ethical behaviour is something Buddhists often study, contemplate and discuss from the outset of their studies. It’s an integral part of the Buddhist path.Read More
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse has just finished his series of talks given at Rigpa centres in Berlin, Lerab Ling, Paris and London. Looking at the 12+ hours of teachings, I think many of us will find food for thought and reflection about the Vajrayana teachings.Read More
Hi everyone, welcome to Rigpa News!
We're opening this page to share recent developments and events happening in Rigpa as they unfold. A lot has happened in the past eight months. Rigpa is undergoing change and transformation and we recognize the need to communicate in many different ways, and more regularly.Read More