Raniere ‘recognized by Dalai Lama’  – but not in the way Raniere’s attorneys claim

The Dalai Lama recognized Keith Raniere alright - but as what?

In their motion for bail for Keith Raniere, his attorneys said Raniere has been “recognized” by the Dalai Lama.

They wrote, “In a word, Raniere is an ethicist. His ethical teachings, which have focused on raising the level of humanity within each person, have been a source of help and inspiration to thousands of people. He has been recognized by no less than the Dalai Lama.”

But contrary to what his attorneys imply, the Dalai Lama did not recognize him in a favorable light; nor did he endorse Raniere. He did recognize him – like one might recognize a mangy dog or a scalawag.

The Dalai Lama appeared in Albany, NY on May 6, 2009 at the request and expense of Clare Bronfman and her sister, Sara Bronfman. He spoke before a mainly NXIVM audience. He did give Raniere and the two Bronfmans a white scarf each – which represents the Dalai Lama’s wish for them to be pure. [A fairly nonsensical wish I might add].

See youtube of Dalai Lama speech in Albany
The following where the Dalai Lama ‘recognizes” Raniere comes at 44:10.

The Dalai Lama said this [my clarifications in bold and brackets]:

“Oh. Firstly I received an invitation [from Bronfmans to come and speak] that, in principle, I accepted. Then I received some request that I should not go there because of this [Raniere/NXIVM] is controversial; some allegations [made against Raniere – which caused the Dalai Lama to originally cancel his trip to speak].

“Then we carry further investigation. Then ,finally, including this organization’s teacher [Raniere?], and his, some friend, {Nancy Salzman] came to see me in Dharamsala [India] and I discuss, I observe, basically, they are carrying some kind of movement about ethics.

“Then, as I mentioned earlier, it is my moral responsibility to support any movement by any person who carry, who are working for ethics. Because in today’s world many problems essentially [are] our own creation. Nobody want[s] more problems, but due to lack of ethics, lack of principle, this unwanted man-made problems happen. Whether politician, whether businessman, whether a religious person, whether anyone, moral principle is very essential –  like backbone.

“So, therefore, I felt, I feel it is my moral responsibility, but, at the same time, these allegations [against Raniere being unethical existed].

“So when I met them personally in Dharamsala, I told them very friendly, very openly, ‘As far your sort of work for promotion of ethics, I fully support. Is my moral  responsibility, but, at the same time, those allegations [against you] you must make very clear. If you have done something wrong, you must accept, you must admit, and change, make correction. If you [have] not done [anything unethical], make clear all these allegations, truthfully, honestly, openly, transparently.

“Then some media –  I [am] always telling media people, ‘media people should have long nose, as long as–  [the NXIVM audience laughs and applauds – they thought I think that the Dalai Lama was saying long nose of the media as in Pinocchio but that’s not what he meant.] … wait, wait, wait… [applause dies down] as long as an elephant nose and smell, in the front and behind. That’s very important. And make clear to the public what’s going on. Whether with the politician or with the mayor or religion’s people, the bishop or myself, [media] must sort of watch and make clear, and inform public, provided it must be very honest, unbiased, objective [reporting], that’s important. Sometimes, say, one company financing a newspaper – then newspaper report [is] a little bit biased. I think not as biased as Chinese propaganda. But sometimes you see a little sort of biased sort of version also is happening. That must be avoided, must be honest, truthful.

“So, now I think in front of, I think the public, I want to to tell the media people, ‘please carry continuously, all these spots where you have some doubt [about NXIVM], thorough investigation.

“”And those concerned people’s side [Raniere and NXIVM] ‘Also make clear. All your work must be transparent.

“So, that’s my view. So, I feel, no problem, come here, meet people, and talk. Because of some criticism [of NXIVM] remain distance? Not much use. Come face to face and talk, friendly, bluntly. Truth always win [Hear hear!]. So, more talk, more investigation [into NXIVM], truth will become more clear clear, clear, like that. So, that’s my answer.” [applause].

We will leave it to the reader to ascertain whether Raniere’s DOS program of Bronfman-paid pubic branding and his collection of blackmail material on women members is in consonance with the Dalai Lama’s recognition of him.

Yeah, The Dalai Lama recognized him and truth became clear, clear, clear. For Raniere’s attorneys to claim that the Dalai Lama recognized him in any. positive way is, to say the least, intentionally misleading.



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  • The Buddhists are not immune to sex scandals.

    Lama sex abuse claims call Buddhist taboos into question
    by Mary Finnigan

    In November 1994 an American woman known as Janice Doe filed a $10m lawsuit against the Tibetan lama Sogyal Rinpoche, charging him with sexual, mental and physical abuse. The case was dealt with out of court and Janice Doe signed a non-disclosure agreement in return for a cash settlement.

    Sogyal denies allegations of abuse, but fresh evidence against him was recently aired in an investigative documentary called In the Name of Enlightenment, broadcast on Vision TV in Canada.

    As Clare Bronfman would say, “Namaste.”

  • I wonder what the Dali Lama would think of all these LEGAL ASSAULTS on EX members and employee? Truth and Transparency
    Did Kieth, Jness, ESP, or NXIVM have the transparency that the BADDASS DOS existed? Seems transparency did not happen with what the branding initials were? He is such a lier

  • The biggest issues with Raniere and his band of joyful sheep is to them ethics means consistent not moral.

    If someone consistently lies, they are ethical as you can always trust they will lie.

    So when Ranieres attorneys says hes an ethical being, based on NXIVM tech talk, they are saying a truth. He is a consistent liar, womanizing, run of the mill criminal.

    How many have felt safe with him behind bars? 100’s if not 1000’s. I pray that Raniere won’t get out on bail. I will personally feel unsafe once again. He has said hes had people killed for his beliefs.

  • Office: ohhdl@dalailama.com

    Mailing address:
    The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    Thekchen Choeling
    P.O. McLeod Ganj
    Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) 176219




    The Dalai Lama should have the opportunity to decide if he wants to be included as a positive reference in Keith Raniere’s bail motion.

    In case Raniere’s lawyers are legally allowed to use the very broad phrase “recognized by,” maybe the Dalai Lama can submit a [whatever the proper legal term for note, amendment, amicus brief, etc., is] clarifying that he does not wish for his name and reputation to be used in this way.

    The Dalai Lama might also appreciate knowing that the charges against Raniere continue to grow, that the charges are horrifying, and that all of Raniere’s lawyers are experts in sex crimes. Also, hearing about what happened to Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 would persuade anyone with a heart to act, and the Dalai Lama is all heart, grace, and compassion.

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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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