Investigative reporter and academic researcher Rob Hogendoorn (b. 1964) has probed into the reception of Buddhism in Western society and culture since the early 1990s. As a practicing Buddhist he is singularly devoted towards cultivating a sense of reality. Meanwhile, his modus operandi as an investigator always remained the same: independent, inquisitive and provocative.
After all, Buddhists are mere humans. They are driven by the same interests, motives, and concerns as non-Buddhists: wisdom and compassion, kindness and common sense—as well as status, money, power, sex & drugs & rock ’n’ roll.
Like the rest of us, Buddhists benefit from open-mindedness and transparence. Secular journalism and academic research, specifically focussed on the ongoing institutionalization of Buddhism in the West, help warrant that.
Through the original perspectives and and critical analyses of its contributing writers, the on line investigative platform Open Buddhism seeks to educate and challenge its readers. Thus, it aims to contribute to open-minded, public debates across the Buddhist world. To this end, Open Buddhism invites contributions by freethinkers who develop tough, probing questions and dare speak truth to power.
Open Buddhism’s founding editor, Rob Hogendoorn, holds an international press card of the Dutch Association of Journalists. He is also a member of the Dutch Association of Investigative Reporters. He subscribes to the guidelines of the Dutch Council for Journalists.
Since 2011, Hogendoorn is a news partner of NOS Net, a network of sources who share news and their professional expertise with the Dutch Broadcasting Foundation (NOS). On a case by case basis, Rob Hogendoorn taps into his extensive database, expertise and findings to further the research of other investigative reporters and academic scholars.
In 2019, Rob Hogendoorn and the the British journalist Mary Finnigan published Sex and Violence in Tibetan Buddhism: The Rise and Fall of Sogyal Rinpoche, available as softcover and e-book through online resellers and Jorvik Press. Dutch speaking readers can watch Pim van Galen’s 30-minute interview with Hogendoorn about the book for Café Weltschmerz here.