Dalai Lama’s office denies receiving $1 million for appearance as reported by Daily Mail

The Office of the Dalai Lama rejected an online newspaper’s allegation that the Dalai Lama took one million US dollars to endorse a controversial organisation in the US that brainwashes and brands women.

The Daily Mail, in a story on 24 January, alleged that the deal was set up by the Dalai Lama’s personal emissary to the US, Lama Tenzin Dhonden. Dhonden was dismissed last month as the Secretary of the Dalai Lama Trust following reports of corruption charges made by a Seattle-based philanthropist.

A clarification issued by the Office of the Dalai Lama on Thursday said, “The Daily Mail article by Ryan Parry regarding an appearance by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at an event held in Albany, New York in 2009 contains incorrect statements and untrue allegations.”

Calling the allegations baseless, the statement categorically denied that either the Dalai Lama or his foundation in the US, The Dalai Lama Trust, ever received the alleged $1 million in connection with his appearance in Albany.

It further stated that the Dalai Lama never takes an honorarium or fee of any sort, nor does he require that any payment be made to charities or organizations as a condition of making a personal appearance.

The Daily Mail alleged that the Dalai Lama was paid to speak at an event hosted by NXIVM (pronounced ‘nexium’) — a self-help organization described by former members as a ‘sex cult’.

At the event in Albany the Dalai Lama spoke to 3,000 followers of NXIVM and placed a khata — a traditional ceremonial Tibetan scarf — around the neck of the group’s founder, Keith Raniere.

Keith Raniere heads a cult called NXIVM which brands women on their pubic region with his initials and requires them to give him nude photos of themselves and other damaging material in case they reveal the secrets of his cult.

It is said that the Dalai Lama’s appearance for NXIVM was secured by Lama Tenzin Dhonden, who had been wooed by Sara Bronfman during to their alleged steamy affair. Bronfman is the Seagram drinks fortune heiress.

Raniere’s supporters saw the Dalai Lama’s event as an endorsement for NXIVM.

Explaining that contrary to the belief that the Dalai Lama furthered the cause of NXIVM, he had called for an investigation and exposure of any wrongdoing, the statement from his office said.

“As reported in the Daily Mail, during His Holiness’ talk in Albany in 2009, he called on the media to investigate the allegations made about the NXIVM organization and its founder, and was quite clear that the truth should be exposed.”

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