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 – Quote of the Week –

“On May 3, on a flight from Delhi to Kangra Airport, Dagri Rinpoche allegedly molested a woman… The woman reported the incident to the police, and Dagri was taken into custody for questioning.”

— Article: “Prominent Tibetan lama accused of molestation by two women” by Lion’s Roar (Canada)

(Story #1)

May 18, 2019

Sobering news dominates this week’s Top10 as #MeToo allegations rock another Buddhist organization (Story #1). 

This time, it’s Dagri Rinpoche, prominent teacher of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), who is accused of groping a woman mid-flight last month…

His arrest led to even more accusations from FPMT nuns who say Dagri has engaged in this behavior as far back as 2008…

Other stories that made it into the #Top10 include :

  • (Story #3) -- Shambhala's post #MeToo future is in jeopardy as finances dry up...
  • (Story #2) -- Criminal case against former Shambhala teacher William Karelis allowed to move forward...
  • (Story #7) -- A Religion professor argues the pros and cons of mindfulness in the classroom...
  • (Story #5) -- India's PM Narendra Modhi plans to meditate in a cave during elections...

I hope you enjoy this week’s news… 

Feel free to share your opinion about any story and Stay Tuned as we continue to explore the World of Meditation together..!

 

Kalu A. Miah, Publisher
kalu@meditationpronews.com

-- This Week's Top10 --

When Your Life
Depends on Teamwork...

Three years ago, a study on Mindfulness in the Military was commissioned by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory…

Today, the results of that study are now published jointly by Cranfield Univeristy and the Institute of Employment Studies…

An Hour of Wisdom...

Don’t miss this episode of Sharon Salzberg’s Metta Hour podcast..! It’s a rare opportunity to listen to two powerhouse pioneers in American Mindfulness…

Paying Hommage To An
Overlooked Tradition...

Some would like you to believe that meditation is strictly a Buddhist practice…

So, it’s en-heartening to come across this article from The Jewish Chronicle that explores the origins and rich tradition of Jewish-based meditation and mindfulness…

Freedom Of Choice...

Candy Gunther Brown, religion professor at Indiana University, adds to The Conversation with her views on why Yoga and Meditation is religious in nature and – if so – whether it should be banned from schools…

Curiously enough, she doesn’t advocate the wholesale elimination of mindfulness in the classroom. Rather, she wants schools to adopt an ‘opt-in’ process so students aren’t forced into the practice…

A Conflict of Interest..?

A research study published in journal ‘Neuropsychopharmacology’ suggests that the use of a mindfulness-based smoking cessation app (the NCI app) was more effective than a similar app that was Not mindfulness-based…

NOTE: The lead researcher (Jud Brewer), founded and owns stock in the company that makes the NCI app…

Wanna Get Away..?

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modhi is a HUGE proponent of meditation..!

And unlike U.S. politicians who campaign up to the last minute during ANY election, Mr. Modhi will spend two days in a meditation cave as India votes to elect its 17th Lok Sabha (India’s equivalent to the U.S. House of Representatives)

Recommended Daily Amount...

The China National Health Commisssion has partnered with other government agencies to promote a new “5-1-25” healthy living initiative — and the “5” represents five minutes of daily meditation…

The Cost of "Wrong Action"
(Part I)

Shambhala’s empire slowly unravels as findings of sexual abuse takes its toll…

According to Religion News Service, revenues at the organization have decreased 60% – prompting a possible sale of the prized Marpa House (valued at $5.5Million) to make ends meet…

The Cost of "Wrong Action"
(Part II)

More bad news from the ‘Shambhala Saga’…

Despite inconsistencies in the victim’s initial allegations and accusations that the victim was being coached by the police, a district judge has allowed the case against former Shambhala teacher William Lloyd Karelis to move forward…

WTF... Another One..?!?!?

Tibetan Buddhist teacher Dagri Rinpoche was accused of molesting a woman while on a flight last month.

After news of the accusation became public, another woman came forward (via YouTube) to share her story of sexual molestation by Dagri in 2008…

UPDATE: In a petition published May-16, prominent nuns at the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) are now calling for an independent council to investigate Dagri Rinpoche…

A Parting Thought

“Dagri is recognized as the reincarnation of Pari Dorje Chang, who was a teacher of Lama Yeshe — cofounder of the Friends for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT)”

— Article: “Prominent Tibetan lama accused of molestation by two women” by Lion’s Roar (Canada)

(Story #1)