The news site ThinkProgress has reported an allegation of sexual misconduct against Buddhist teacher Lodro Rinzler, author of six books and co-founder of the MNDFL meditation studios in New York City.
The report by writer Joshua Eaton says that in 2013 Rinzler tried to pressure an intoxicated woman to have sex with him in spite of her repeated statements that she did not want to. According to the woman, who is not named, she eventually performed oral sex on Rinzler as a way to “get him off of me without having to have sex with him and just survive.”
According to ThinkProgress, Rinzler said in a statement in response to the story that he had not “been involved in any inappropriate sexual behavior or interactions with any individual.”
According to ThinkProgress, the woman reported the allegation to the Shambhala leadership informally in 2013. She decided to make a formal complaint to Shambhala following the June 29 release of a Buddhist Project Sunshine report on allegations of sexual assault and clergy sexual misconduct against Sakyong Mipham, leader of the Shambhala Buddhist community.
On July 1, Rinzler publicly announced his resignation from the Shambhala community, citing the allegations against Sakyong Mipham. According to ThinkProgress, Rinzler’s resignation followed the launch of an internal Shambhala investigation into the complaint against him. ThinkProgress reports that at that time, the Shambhala organization asked local Shambhala centers not to host Rinzler’s book tour while the investigation was underway.