I’m really glad I read Sogyal Rinpoche’s Tibetan Book of Living and Dying long before the scandals about sexual and physical abuse, financial wrongdoing etc. broke (e.g. see the Tricycle articles or Google it).
I don’t think I’d recommend his work now, knowing he was apparently an abusive asshole – or if I did say something positive about “his” book (I heard it was actually written by a student, don’t know if that’s true), I’d be sure to mention the scandals.
I seem to recall @Andrew mentioning Sogyal Rinpoche and Tibetan Book of Living and Dying in positive ways without mentioning the dark side of that teacher, which if so a) I feel really uncomfortable with that and b) I don’t think it’s appropriate to praise a teacher or their work without also mentioning credible accusations or confirmed serious misconduct (for comparison, see also “Jeffrey Epstein made some great philanthropic contributions, but there are some other things you might want to know about him”).
In light of all that, I’d love to hear recommendations for other books on the subject.