*Update Regarding Dagri Rinpoche*
Dagri Rinpoche has for many years been one of the Tibetan teachers on FPMT’s Tibetan Teachers List.
The Indian police last week received a formal complaint from a woman who was on a commercial airline flight with Dagri Rinpoche in India, accusing Dagri Rinpoche of inappropriate behaviour during the flight. Furthermore, another woman recently made allegations about misconduct by Dagri Rinpoche 10 years ago, which she shared via a YouTube video.
FPMT International Office understands that best practice is to suspend a teacher from teaching while an investigation is ongoing, in order to protect students, and the teacher. The investigation into what happened on the flight is currently being conducted by the Indian police.
We have therefore temporarily suspended Dagri Rinpoche from the FPMT Tibetan Teachers List with immediate effect, pending the conclusion of the police investigation. This means that Dagri Rinpoche may not teach, or be invited to teach, in any FPMT center during this suspension. FPMT teacher suspension does not indicate an assumption of guilt.
A further update from the FPMT: https://fpmt.org/fpmt-community-news/announcements/further-update-regarding-dagri-rinpoche/
Dagri Rinpoche is the reincarnation of Pari (Dagri) Dorje Chang, one of the very great geshes of Lhasa who was the teacher of many lamas, including Lama Yeshe. Dagri Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1958. He grew up during the Cultural Revolution of 1966 – 1976. After his escape from Tibet in 1982 he completed his 17 years of study of Buddhist philosophy and received the Geshe Lharampa degree.
Dagri Rinpoche’s teaching schedule takes him mainly to parts of Europe and Asia, where he has taught lam-rim, lojong and philosophy as well as giving initiations, conducting fire pujas and teaching tantric commentaries.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has this to say about Dagri Rinpoche: “The very nice thing about him is that he always talks about Lama Yeshe, and he very much wants the FPMT to succeed. He is one of the lamas His Holiness has great trust in and he is a lineage holder.”
Dagri Rinpoche does long life meditation every day for Lama Zopa Rinpoche, with whom he feels a very close connection. In his previous life, Dagri Rinpoche was the teacher and Lama Yeshe was his disciple. In this life, Lama Yeshe took some care of him. When Lama Yeshe died, Lama Zopa Rinpoche took on the responsibility and brought him out of Tibet. His Holiness the Dalai Lama hopes that in the future Dagri Rinpoche will teach in Tibet and take care of the Buddhist traditions.