Do the KHYF and Kausthub Desikachar, with his indefensible history of sexual abuse and pattern of power grab, represent the values of the Dalai Lama?
“When teachers break the precepts, behaving in ways that are clearly damaging to themselves and others, students must face the situation, even though this can be challenging. ‘Criticize openly,’ His Holiness declared. ‘That’s the only way.’ If there is incontrovertible evidence of wrongdoing, teachers should be confronted with it. They should be allowed to admit their wrongs, make amends, and undergo a rehabilitation process. If a teacher won’t respond, students should publish the situation in a newspaper, not omitting the teacher’s name,” His Holiness said. “The fact that the teacher may have done many other good things should not keep us silent.”
“The Dalai Lama, the high lama of Tibetan Buddhism, advises potential converts to check a guru’s qualifications carefully and to view a teacher as a spiritual brother or sister. ‘The best thing is,’ the Dalai Lama said in an interview last February, ‘whenever exploitation, sexual abuse or money abuse happen, make them public.’”
To those who are supporting Kausthub Desikachar, knowingly or unknowingly, we request you to follow this wise advice. Please do the right thing. Withdraw your support. Speak up. Prevent abuse and protect students.