Dagri Rinpoche has been accused of molestation. It seems unclear whether the FPMT will engage a third-party to complete an investigation into accusations against Dagri Rinpoche. It is this one decision that we are raising concern about in this article.
Deep Gratitude To The FPMT
Like many other people in the world we are deeply grateful to all that the FPMT has done. We have benefited from the FPMT, the teachers at FPMT centers and retreat centers around the world, and accessed training and resources where-ever we are through the Internet. Most of the Dharma books on our shelves are from the FPMT through Wisdom Publications. We are deeply grateful to the FPMT. In writing this article we are simply urging this outcome – for the FPMT Board of Directors to complete a third-party investigation into accusations against Dagri Rinpoche.
The FPMT Plan
In the announcement from the FPMT they describe the situation. They describe the ‘FPMT Ethical Policy’ and ‘Problem Solving within the FPMT Organization’ guidelines. They have suspend Dagri Rinpoche from the FPMT Tibetan Teachers List. They describe awaiting the results of the Indian police investigation and continuing a correspondence with Jakaira Perez Valdivia as well as seeking professional assistance; while remaining committed to continue to improve their current policies and procedures. This seems like a methodical approach before taking further steps.
The ‘Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Additional Advice to Students of Dagri Rinpoche’ article describes the need for laws in a country and vinaya rules in a monastery and they must be adhered to. We take this to mean that Dagri Rinpoche will be held to those same legal and vinaya requirements.
Public Letter To The FPMT Board of Directors
A public letter (see letter to FPMT Board_May_15) to the FPMT Board of Directors goes one step further. The letter urges the FPMT to commission an independent, third-party investigation into these allegations, and to make the conclusions of this investigation public. The public letter is signed by ten senior nuns, including Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, Bhikshuni Sangye Khadro, and Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi. This has also been added as a petition on the Change.org web site.
At @HappyOps we agree with the letter and think that an independent, third-party investigation into these allegations seems required to achieve clarity on this subject.
We look forward to FPMT to commission an independent, third-party investigation into these allegations, and to read the conclusions of this investigation.