So you're my personal Dalai Lama?... (11.37)
Krakow: This is for you by way of an apology for putting you in an awkward position.
Wendy: Do I really look like I need $5,000 worth of spa treatments?
Krakow: You look like you wouldn't give yourself the gift of peace of mind, so I did.
Wendy: So you're my personal Dalai Lama?
Krakow: I did spend part of last summer in the company of Rinpoche.
Sogyal Rinpoche is a Tibetan Dzogchen lama of the Nyingma tradition. Before his retirement, in the wake of abuse allegations in 2017, he had been teaching for 40 years in Europe, America, Australia and Asia. He is the founder and ex-spiritual director of Rigpa—an international network of over 100 Buddhist centres and groups in 23 countries around the world—and the author of the best-selling book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, which has been printed in 30 languages and 56 countries. Sogyal Rinpoche has been accused of sexual and physical assault and abuse, as well as misusing charitable funds, with allegations stretching back to the 1970s. Rigpa announced these allegations would be investigated by an outside party and a report has now been published, upholding most of the allegations. Sogyal Rinpoche has not responded to the report but has stated that "I am clear in my own mind that I have never, ever, acted towards anyone with a motive of selfish gain or harmful intent." On a previous occasion, both he and Rigpa denied allegations.