Sogyal Rinpoche (right), the Dalai Lama (left) and France’s then first lady Carla Bruni Sarkozy attend the inauguration of Lerab Ling, in southern France, on August 22, 2008. Picture: AFP
Sogyal Rinpoche (right), the Dalai Lama (left) and France’s then first lady Carla Bruni Sarkozy attend the inauguration of Lerab Ling, in southern France, on August 22, 2008. Picture: AFP
Religion

Buddhism’s bad boy: the fall of Sogyal Rinpoche

The Tibetan lama, whose violent outbursts include punching a nun in public, stands accused of sexual, physical and emotional abuse at his Rigpa organisation and using his teachings to shame and blame his victims

Sogyal Rinpoche (right), the Dalai Lama (left) and France’s then first lady Carla Bruni Sarkozy attend the inauguration of Lerab Ling, in southern France, on August 22, 2008. Picture: AFP
Sogyal Rinpoche (right), the Dalai Lama (left) and France’s then first lady Carla Bruni Sarkozy attend the inauguration of Lerab Ling, in southern France, on August 22, 2008. Picture: AFP
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