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HCC Gender Dialogues Series: Fallen Icon

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Sakyong Rinpoche is a Boulder and international icon. His picture hangs in historic Highland’s grand entry. Sakyong recently stepped down from his leadership role in the global Buddhist community in response to allegations of sexual assault which he does not deny.

Now, what do we do with this photo?

Join in a dialogue with renowned ICONs exhibit photographer Cory Richards, and global women’s rights expert and Highland City Club community member Sarah Murray

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche literally means “The King” of Western Tibetan Buddhism. You might recognize Sakyong from his photo, which hangs in our entry way at the Highland City Club. It’s one of the many images created as part of the ICONs exhibit. Last month, allegations surfaced that this member of the Boulder community sexually abused some of his most devoted female followers. He has since apologized and stepped down from his leadership positions at Naropa and Shambala, which dissolved its leadership council in the wake of the reports. The situation has received international media attention, including articles in the New York Times, The Guardian, and Tricycle, putting Boulder and Buddhism as a centerpiece to the #MeToo movement and dialogue.

Join a dialogue with renowned ICONs exhibit photographer Cory Richards on how we as a community should respond to the Sakyong Rinpoche’s current situation. Led by global women’s rights expert and community member Sarah Murray, we will explore the question of what to do with this photo. Furthermore, we’ll discuss questions related to, what it means to be an icon? How does a progressive community like Boulder address the systemic problem of gender-based violence? How do we hold the complex tensions of compassion and accountability? How do we use symbols to both capture history and evolve as a society?

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