Readers: Dalai Lama lost respect by associating with Raniere

The Dalai Lama recognized Keith Raniere alright - but as what?
  1. A reader wrote:

    I believe one message his holiness gave to NVIXM was that their actions had to be transparent. How can you have transparency when your whole curriculum is “secret” and you force your “students” to sign NDA (non-disclosure agreements)?.

    I so wanted to hear the Dalai Lama speak but could not condone supporting the organization hosting his appearance.

    I came to find out his holiness will have an open discourse with just about any organization for a price including the cult that poisoned the Tokyo subway system Aum Shinrikyo.

    So even his holiness can be “bought”

    As much as I enjoy many of his teachings I have come to realize that the Dalai Lama is not the voice of all Buddhists. There are others.

    Another reader wrote:

    The Dalai Lama lost some respect in a lot of people’s eyes because he decided to finally come to Albany despite the obvious bad publicity surrounding the group as a cult, and despite not publicly supporting or endorsing the group – only the overarching principle of “ethics” – because it showed that money to the tune of $1 million dollars (of effectively bootlegging money) can sway a person of his supposed caliber, and, in effect, purchase some level of his credibility, even its shadow, that groups with leaders like Raniere can seek the shade of and use to their advantage.

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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