Sogyal Lakar, a Tibetan Buddhist trainer accused of widespread bodily and sexual abuse, has died aged 72.
Lakar, higher referred to as Sogyal Rinpoche, offered thousands and thousands of books and was extensively seen as one of the best recognized Tibetan Buddhist trainer after the Dalai Lama.
However allegations of bodily and sexual abuse adopted Lakar, though he was by no means discovered responsible of any crimes.
An investigation commissioned by his group concluded that some followers had been abused by him.
A press release on his Fb web page stated that Lakar died in Thailand on Wednesday after struggling a pulmonary embolism. He had been receiving remedy for colon most cancers.
Born in Tibet in 1947, Lakar was believed by many to be the incarnation of Tertön Sogyal Lerab Lingpa, a trainer of the 13th Dalai Lama.
He studied comparative faith at Cambridge College and went on to amass an enormous following. His e-book, The Tibetan E-book of Dwelling and Dying, has offered greater than three million copies.
However accusations of abusive behaviour adopted Lakar.
In 1994 a girl filed a $10 million (£8.1 million) lawsuit in opposition to Lakar for sexual, psychological and bodily abuse. The case was settled out of courtroom.
His repute got here crashing down two years in the past when additional allegations emerged of his abusive behaviour.
An impartial investigation by a lawyer commissioned by Rigpa, a Buddhist organisation began by Lakar, discovered that he had dedicated severe abuses.
“Some college students … have been subjected to severe bodily, sexual and emotional abuse by him,” the report stated, including that senior members of the group did not act regardless of being conscious of the accusations.
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Regardless of the allegations, a lot of Lakar’s followers stayed loyal to him.
“I do know he’ll proceed to information us with knowledge and most significantly his love,” one follower wrote on Fb after his demise.
However Mary Finnigan, who helped launch Lakar’s profession in London within the 1970s and not too long ago co-authored the e-book Intercourse and Violence in Tibetan Buddhism, advised the BBC that he was a charismatic and abusive “cult chief”.
“I sympathise with everybody who’s bereaved by his passing however need to say that his demise doesn’t alter my emotions about his life,” she stated.
“He abused an historical non secular custom with a purpose to indulge his lust for energy, cash and sexual gratification.”