‘Buddhism: The Unspeakable Truth’

Written by Rob Hogendoorn

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September 13th, 2022 the network Arte (France, Germany) will broadcast a documentary by French documentary makers Elodie Emery and Wandrille Lanos: ‘Bouddhisme, la loi du silence’ [‘Buddhism: The Unspeakable Truth’].

The German version is titled ‘Buddhismus: Missbrauch im Namen der Erleuchtung‘ [‘Buddhism: Abuse in the Name of Enlightenment’]. For a general idea of its content, translate the announcements using Google Translate or Deepl.

The makers filmed in several countries in Europe and Asia. I contributed to this documentary myself, and I thoroughly recommend watching it. I’ve gathered that the broadcast will be the international version, ‘Buddhism: The Unspeakable Truth,’ with English postsynchronisation and subtitles.

The Tibetan Lama pictured in the announcement is Namkha Rinpoche, who’s currently based in Spain. He has been accused of sexual abuse by female ex-devotees in Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Originally posted as a long-Tweet on August 27, 2022 [slightly edited, to include the correct English title].

About the author

Rob Hogendoorn

Investigative reporter and academic researcher Rob Hogendoorn (b. 1964) began researching the reception of Buddhism in Western society and culture in the early 1990s. His modus operandi remained the same ever since: independent, inquisitive and provocative.