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Kusung Dapon Noel McLellan flat-out denies allegations that were later substantiated in the Wickwire Holm report

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“Update (08/23): Shambhala International responded to the BPS report in a statement emailed to Tricycle, saying, “These allegations are not only unfounded, but they each are based on speculative and unsubstantiated claims made by a single unnamed source. For Project Sunshine to publish such salacious and defamatory information is grossly irresponsible.”

A Shambhala representative also forwarded a statement from acharya [teacher] Noel McLellan denying accusations in the BPS report. McLellan said he “spent most of every day” at Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s residence during the summers of 2004 and 2005 when he was “a leader within the Sakyong’s household staff.” He claims, “I am not aware of any encounters such as are described as happening at that time at the SMC household, and can say with reasonable confidence that they did not take place.”