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Au cœur de la secte bouddhiste belge OKC - VICE

Au cœur de la secte "bouddhiste" belge OKC aka Ogyen Kunzang Choling

 

- témoignage pour viser le public français

- par delà les profils mis en avant, c'est avant tout et surtout le fait qu'après toutes ces années, pour de tel crimes la secte n'a toujours pas changé de secrétaire général ni de direction, elle est toujours sous la main de son fondateur Robert Spatz et rien ne permet de conclure que des abus, qu'ils soient sexuels ou financier ne sont pas entrain de continuer quelque part dans la secte. 

- 18 ans d'enquête largement bâclée jusqu'à notre arrivée dans le procès en 2015

- une première condamnation à 4 ans de prison avec sursis et indemnités pour les victimes rejetée en appel

- appel où la défense aura utilisé tous les tours à sa disposition en utilisant les vices de procédures pour essayer de dégager toutes les parties civiles du procès

- contre Appel de l'état belge et des parties civiles

- 22 Mai 2019 : décision finale sur notre appel mais tout indique que lq défense a reçu une douche froide et l'impossibilité si confirmé le 22 d'utiliser les mêmes arguments bidon pour nous éjecter du procès.

- Peut être un nouveau procès si le contre appel est gagné (date inconnue)

- Nouvelles plaintes ailleurs en Europe si la Justice Belge ne va pas jusqu'au bout et ne condamne pas le prédateur Robert Spatz.

- c'est pas fini tant qu'il ya encore quelque chose à faire pour mettre un pédophile-escroc hors d'état de nuire.

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Nouvelles poursuites contre le gourou d’OKC [ FR/EN ] #okcinfo #procesOKC #sectes

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Le parquet de Bruxelles a ouvert une nouvelle notice pour blanchiment à l’encontre de Robert Spatz, le gourou de la secte bouddhiste OKC, a-t-on appris auprès de plusieurs avocats lors du procès qui s’est clôturé mardi sur une irrecevabilité totale des poursuites. Selon M e Quentin Wauters, l’avocat de Robert Spatz, son client, qui vit en Espagne depuis des années, doit être entendu le 1 er octobre par la police espagnole dans le cadre d’une demande d’entraide formulée par la justice belge.

La somme de 272.000 euros, issue de ventes de biens, a par ailleurs été saisie sur les comptes de cet homme de 74 ans. Le parquet bruxellois a également demandé à Robert Spatz un examen médical pour justifier son absence lors des deux procès belges de 2016 et 2018. Le gourou n’avait assisté à aucune audience, prétextant un état de santé déficient.

Ces faits étant liés à ceux qui viennent d’être jugés, ils sont fortement contestés par la défense. En effet, la loi veut que l’on ne puisse être jugé deux fois pour les mêmes faits. Les faits nouvellement reprochés portent aussi sur des soupçons de blanchiment portant sur les années 2017 et 2018. Cette notice de blanchiment a été ouverte en 2016, peu après la fin du premier procès ayant mené à la condamnation de Robert Spatz à une peine de quatre ans de prison ferme.

Aujourd’hui ni acquitté ni condamné, Robert Spatz a bénéficié mardi, comme tous les autres prévenus, de l’irrecevabilité des poursuites. La cour d’appel de Bruxelles a estimé qu’à la suite d’erreurs commises par un expert judiciaire, un substitut du procureur et le juge du premier procès, il y a eu « atteinte irrémédiable aux droits de la défense » . L’enquête judiciaire, ouverte à la fin des années 90, avait démontré des soupçons de faits de mœurs commis sur des membres de la communauté sectaire ainsi que toute une série de délits économiques et financiers.

Durant le résumé de l’arrêt, lu pendant 1h30 par le premier président de la cour d’appel de Bruxelles, Luc Maes, il n’a pas été question une seule fois des victimes qui se retrouvent dépourvues 21 ans après le début de l’affaire.

OCTAVE MOREL

source : LeSoir


English translation : 

The Brussels Public Prosecutor's Office has opened a new notice for money laundering against Robert Spatz, the guru of the Buddhist sect OKC, it was reported to several lawyers during the trial which ended on Tuesday on a total inadmissibility of the proceedings. According to Quentin Wauters, Robert Spatz's lawyer, his client, who has lived in Spain for years, is to be heard on 1 October by the Spanish police as part of a request for mutual assistance from the Belgian justice system.

The sum of 272,000 euros, resulting from the sale of property, was also seized from the accounts of this 74-year-old man. The Brussels public prosecutor's office also asked Robert Spatz for a medical examination to justify his absence from the two Belgian trials in 2016 and 2018. The guru had not attended any hearings, claiming that he was in poor health.

As these facts are linked to those just tried, they are strongly contested by the defence. Indeed, the law requires that one cannot be tried twice for the same facts. The newly accused facts also concern suspicions of money laundering for the years 2017 and 2018. This money laundering notice was opened in 2016, shortly after the end of the first trial that led to Robert Spatz's conviction to four years in prison.

Now neither acquitted nor convicted, Robert Spatz, like all the other defendants, benefited on Tuesday from the inadmissibility of the proceedings. The Brussels Court of Appeal ruled that following errors made by a judicial expert, a prosecutor's deputy and the judge at the first trial, there had been an "irremediable infringement of the rights of the defence". The judicial inquiry, opened at the end of the 1990s, revealed suspicions of morals committed against members of the sectarian community as well as a whole series of economic and financial crimes.

During the summary of the judgment, read for 1h30 by the first president of the Brussels Court of Appeal, Luc Maes, there was not a single mention of the victims who find themselves deprived 21 years after the case began.

Wanted, Robert Spatz aka Lama Kunzang

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The OKC cult case ends with another fiasco for the Belgian Justice system #okcinfo #belgium #cults

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23 victims had filed civil claims for rape, sexual assault and financial crimes. The public prosecutor, the first judge and a judicial expert take it for their rank.

Would it be good to live in Belgium for cults? Two and a half years after the spectacular end of the Scientology trial in Brussels, the OKC Buddhist sect's trial ended on Tuesday morning in the same way: a fiasco.

On the front line, as defense counsel in these two of the thickest cases known in the country in recent years, Ms. Quentin Wauters, counsel for Guru Robert Spatz, said he was "relieved that the Court of Appeal is enforcing the rules of the rule of law when the entire proceedings have been violated. Every citizen must be satisfied with it. Laurent Kennes, who defends companies linked to the OKC, welcomes "a very good ruling".

Beautiful and severe: on Tuesday, the first president of the Brussels Court of Appeal, Luc Maes, delivered a particularly cruel judgment against three characters, the judicial expert Bruno Morselli, Judge Jean-Luc Vander Goten and the deputy prosecutor of King Thibaut Radar. He concluded by saying: "Respect for the right to a fair trial has been irreparably damaged by multiple and diverse violations of the presumption of innocence and reasonable time. "During the summary of the judgment, read for 1h30 by Mr Maes, there was no mention once of the victims who now find themselves deprived, 21 years after the case began.

"Failure to exercise the duty of independence"

OKC (Ogyen Kunzang Chöling) was founded in 1972 by the then 28-year-old Belgian Robert Spatz. Dozens of families have lived in properties in Brussels, southern France and Portugal, in a quasi-autarcy.

And so dozens of children were born in this context, knowing nothing about the outside world until they came of age. About ten facts of sexual abuses were reported.

At the end of the 1990s, the Belgian and French courts became interested in the phenomenon and seized a whole series of assets.

But the case quickly took a turn for the worse with the first of the four serious offences identified by the Court of Appeal. The legal expert in charge of the investigation into the cult's accounts, Bruno Morselli, produced ten reports filled with "personal feelings". He "failed in his duty of independence and impartiality and took on the role of investigator, even judge," the court accused the court. As a result, "no evidence of guilt can be drawn from his work".

"Hijacked" criminal procedure

The second serious offence was committed in 2006 when the prosecutor Thibaut Radar, in charge of the prosecution, launched new searches on OKC properties, "under the cover of a social inspection investigation (...). It is knowingly that the King's Prosecutor violated his duty of loyalty by "secretly misappropriating criminal proceedings", President Maes said.

The third serious offence, still attributed to the public prosecutor, was committed at the end of 2015 when the Radar substitute sent a letter to all the alleged victims, offering them the opportunity to file a civil suit and have access to the file. "The prosecution exceeded its functions by sending this letter," the court asserts, allowing "leaks on social networks," which have "considerably reduced the evidence.

The last stage of the rocket to the fiasco: the trial at first instance during which some twenty new victims appeared and were heard while the president of the court, Jean-Luc Vander Goten, prohibited any questioning of the defense and the public prosecutor.

"By systematically refusing in principle the right to ask any questions, the first judge violated the principle of adversarial debate and the rights of the defense were amputated," President Maes concluded. Close the ban.


Home-made translation of this LeSoir article by Octave Morel

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Verdict du Procès-Appel OKC-Spatz 2018 #metoo #metooguru #sexualabuses #balancetonporc

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Après 18 ans d'instructions, procédures et tentatives de délayer (avec succès) le déroulement du procès dans le chef de la OKC et Robert Spatz, voici que le couperet est tombé : irreçevabilité des poursuites. 

Tout le procès est donc tombé à l'eau : La cour d’appel de Bruxelles a estimé qu’à la suite d’erreurs commises par un expert judiciaire, un substitut du procureur et le juge du premier procès, il y a eu « atteinte irrémédiable aux droits de la défense » . 

Tous ont commis d'une façon ou d'une autre, consciemment ou pas des erreurs de procédures.

Déjà le premier procès c'était une mauvaise tentative de clôturer un procès qui ne pouvait pas être clôturé autrement, l'appel en fin de compte aura été un jeu d'enfant pour les avocats de la défense d'un prédateur-pédophile-pervers-narcissique. Tout le procès était intoxiqué depuis le début, évidemment les parties civiles n'en avait pas conscience à quel point autrement on aurait directement oublié la Belgique et préparer une stratégie adaptée et prenant en compte la non-fonctionnement chronique de la Justice Belge. 

 

 (BELGA) = La 16e chambre de la cour d'appel de Bruxelles, présidée par Luc Maes, a déclaré, mardi, les poursuites irrecevables dans le dossier de la communauté bouddhiste Ogyen Kunsang Choling (OKC). La communauté religieuse, quelques-uns de ses responsables et son chef spirituel Robert Spatz étaient poursuivis entre autres pour des délits financiers, des infractions à la législation du travail mais aussi pour des faits de prise en otage d'enfants.

La cour d'appel a relevé plusieurs irrégularités commises au cours de l'enquête mais aussi au cours de la procédure devant le premier juge, qui ont "atteint de manière irrémédiable le droit des prévenus à un procès équitable". Celle-ci a dès lors déclaré les poursuites irrecevables et débouté chacune des 36 personnes constituées partie civile de leur demande d'indemnités. La cour a tout d'abord considéré que l'expert comptable qui avait été désigné pour analyser les comptes de l'ASBL OKC et des sociétés attachées à celle-ci avait "outrepassé les limites de sa saisine et fait preuve de partialité". Celui-ci avait notamment partagé ses points de vue avec les enquêteurs, travaillé dans les locaux de ceux-ci et s'était permis d'écrire dans ses rapports, concluant à des infractions de faux et de blanchiment, que "Robert Spatz dirigeait OKC de manière occulte". Ensuite, la cour a relevé que plusieurs prévenus avaient été entendus durant l'enquête en violation totale de l'arrêt Salduz, qui impose qu'un suspect soit toujours auditionné en présence d'un avocat. Elle a également sévèrement pointé du doigt le premier procureur chargé du dossier, qui "s'est sciemment substitué à un juge d'instruction" en menant une information judiciaire alors qu'une instruction judiciaire était déjà en cours sur des faits similaires, et qui a "organisé des fuites sur les réseaux sociaux". Par cela, il a "sciemment et volontairement violé les droits de la défense", a établi la cour. Enfin, celle-ci a estimé que le délai raisonnable à être jugé était dépassé, ce qui avait déjà été constaté par la chambre des mises en accusation avant le renvoi devant le tribunal correctionnel. Dans ce dossier, la communauté bouddhiste Ogyen Kunsang Choling (OKC), son chef spirituel Robert Spatz et certains de ses responsables étaient prévenus pour des délits financiers, des infractions à la législation du travail mais aussi pour des faits de prise en otage d'enfants. Le second était également prévenu pour abus sexuels. Cette communauté avait été fondée à Bruxelles en 1972 par Robert Spatz, appelé le Lama Kunzang Dorjé. Cet homme charismatique avait réuni autour de lui de nombreuses personnes en quête de spiritualité, notamment des couples avec enfants, séduits par l'idée d'une vie en communauté. Entre les années 1980 et 2000, les enfants des membres avaient été envoyés dans des propriétés de l'OKC au Portugal et en France. Certains ont dit y avoir subi des actes de maltraitance. Pendant ce temps, les parents, eux, travaillaient à Bruxelles dans des restaurants et des magasins, gérés par des sociétés liées à l'OKC, sans être payés, selon l'enquête. En 1997, une opération franco-belge avait mené des perquisitions en région bruxelloise et à Castellane, en France. Une enquête approfondie avait ainsi été entamée pour diverses infractions supposées, du délit financier aux faits de moeurs, et avait débouché sur un renvoi en correctionnelle de la communauté et de certains de ses responsables.

 

Source : Belga

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Nouvelles poursuites contre le gourou d’OKC

Le parquet de Bruxelles a ouvert une nouvelle notice pour blanchiment à l’encontre de Robert Spatz, le gourou de la secte bouddhiste OKC, a-t-on appris auprès de plusieurs avocats lors du procès qui s’est clôturé mardi sur une irrecevabilité totale des poursuites. Selon M e Quentin Wauters, l’avocat de Robert Spatz, son client, qui vit en Espagne depuis des années, doit être entendu le 1 er octobre par la police espagnole dans le cadre d’une demande d’entraide formulée par la justice belge.

La somme de 272.000 euros, issue de ventes de biens, a par ailleurs été saisie sur les comptes de cet homme de 74 ans. Le parquet bruxellois a également demandé à Robert Spatz un examen médical pour justifier son absence lors des deux procès belges de 2016 et 2018. Le gourou n’avait assisté à aucune audience, prétextant un état de santé déficient.

Ces faits étant liés à ceux qui viennent d’être jugés, ils sont fortement contestés par la défense. En effet, la loi veut que l’on ne puisse être jugé deux fois pour les mêmes faits. Les faits nouvellement reprochés portent aussi sur des soupçons de blanchiment portant sur les années 2017 et 2018. Cette notice de blanchiment a été ouverte en 2016, peu après la fin du premier procès ayant mené à la condamnation de Robert Spatz à une peine de quatre ans de prison ferme.

Aujourd’hui ni acquitté ni condamné, Robert Spatz a bénéficié mardi, comme tous les autres prévenus, de l’irrecevabilité des poursuites. La cour d’appel de Bruxelles a estimé qu’à la suite d’erreurs commises par un expert judiciaire, un substitut du procureur et le juge du premier procès, il y a eu « atteinte irrémédiable aux droits de la défense » . L’enquête judiciaire, ouverte à la fin des années 90, avait démontré des soupçons de faits de mœurs commis sur des membres de la communauté sectaire ainsi que toute une série de délits économiques et financiers.

Durant le résumé de l’arrêt, lu pendant 1h30 par le premier président de la cour d’appel de Bruxelles, Luc Maes, il n’a pas été question une seule fois des victimes qui se retrouvent dépourvues 21 ans après le début de l’affaire.

Source : LeSoir - OCTAVE MOREL

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Naming and Shaming : Robert Spatz aka Lama Kunzang currently in trial since 20 Years, They KNOW ! #metooguru @NOS

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List of Tibetan Teachers being used by @OgyenKun to appear like a legit Buddhist center by using the name and images of known Buddhists teachers. Including the @Dalailama

 

In 2016 and 20 years before the trial all these Tibetans were assembled into one only page now broken so it looks like OKC wants to have the best of both worlds : use the legitimacy of these Tibetan Buddhist figures in court but at the same time appear respectful and prudent by hiding all these pages from public view on their website. in the case they finally remove these figures from their website here is the archive.

But if you know how to use a web browser, here is the full list of Tibetans still on OKC website + respective link to it :

Lama Kunzang Dorje self-assigned guru name of Robert Spatz and his profile page on the OKC website, this page was removed when several cases of sexual abuses surfaced inside OKC in the 2000's, at the time general secretary of OKC was hunting the web to remove any trace of Robert Spatz from the web, even from the organisation-cult he founded but here is the archive.

notice the subtle detail that OKC was using a picture with all the members, all the abused childrens, all the stolen parents to portray the profile page of OKC founder.


it can seems just a detail but it speaks volumes about the mentality inside OKC. On this picture RS is sitting next to Rabjam Rimpoche last visit in OKC before going into "retreat" mode, after having seen perhaps the huge dossier of crimes by Robert Spatz showed to him in France by OKC ex-doctor and personal doctor of Robert Spatz. this person is since 2 decades also a civil party in the trial against Spatz-OKC.

At the end of RS profile page you can read in French that the Lama Kunzang finally got out of retreat and kept teaching under the patronage of Rabjam Rimpoche and Pema Wangyal Rimpoche, the later son of Kangyour Rimpoche (supposedly the root guru of RS) If RS ever try to donate or even transfert OKC assets ownership to "the Tibetans" this is just a clever move to appear disconnected from OKC in the eye of France or Belgian Justice systems but as we have seen in 2016 with the trial and 2018 with the appeal Spatz still controls OKC and he can get majority control or use the organisation status he himself created to avoid consulting members on anything regarding finance or judicial matters. perfect to manipulate the remaining cult adepts to have no other choice but to follow his lead for his reasons. the cult is little but alive. 

Dalai Lama visited OKC Brussels in 1990 and spoke directly to Robert Spatz, gave him blessing and the Kashag authored a "certificate" used by OKC in court to justify they are a legit Buddhist center. Here too, all the pictures of Robert Spatz with the Dalai-Lama have been removed from OKC website but they are still using them in court to "prove" the legitimacy of Robert Spatz. we have those pictures. In court OKC use this document to supposedly display a DL approved endorsement. There is also such document from Penor Rimpoche, another head of Nyigma-Pa lineage, the oldest one, directly and traditionally responsible for the Dzogchen/Vajrayana type of practices at the root of the sexual, spiritual and physical abuses by Tibetan or Non Tibetan Buddhist "teachers" in the West and East. 
This is not a "western only problem". 



Setchen Rabjam Rimpoche : since the pseudo retirement of Robert Spatz either because of a false illness or an illness used to avoid Justice or because again "handling" out the OKC infrastructure is only good to serve the narrative that OKC belong to Tibetan Buddhism, Rabjam Rimpoche is since then the "spiritual director" of OKC, he was also in "retreat" in the last decade so OKC never got to see him much since 2006 but still OKC use this decoration in court to appear like a legit Buddhist center. RR visited OKC countless times being part of the court of Dilgo Kyentse Rimpoche, last visits where 2009 in Nyima-Dzong, 2004 OKC Tahiti "center", 2006 Nyima Dzong and countless other times in Nyima-Dzong when we were kids. Attestation from Rabjam Rimpoche cerca OKC

Yangtsi Rimpoche visited Nyima-Dzong in 2010 and 2014 and Brussels in 2014, meanwhile OKC was in trial since 97 purposedly hiding this information from all the Tibetan teachers invited on OKC properties.

Mingyour Rimpoche visited Nyima-Dzong in 2001, 2003 and 2006, he was in contact with the last generation of OKC youngsters and quite a positive figure to move from a repressive model to teach buddhism to a more joyfull and compassionate and interesting way to teach Buddhism to isolated kids, they all kept a very good memories of this time and it was certainly a change from the brutality of OKC "educators" even after the 97 police raid and subsequent investigation.


Pema Wangyal Rimpoche

Jigme Khyentse Rimpoche

Ringu Tulku Rimpoche

Khentchen Pema Sherab

Jetsun Khandro Rimpoche visited and gave lecture in Nyima-Dzong in 2017 out of "compassion" for the remaining members, unknowingly or not being used by OKC to appear legit.


Khempo Tseten Current Khempo resident at Nyima-Dzong OKC center, supposedly secretly against Spatz, still being paid by OKC-Spatz to be part of the decoration to appear as legit Buddhist center. This Khempo up to 2017 wasn't even able to remove Robert Spatz aka Lama Kunzang picture from INSIDE the Temple, next to Kangyour Rimpoche statue, next to countless Buddhist statues supposed to represent Buddha and other deities. 

The next 3 important Tibetan Buddhist figures had no idea on what they where getting into, the language barrier, the exile, the huge knowledge gap about the West inner working, they could not possibly know they where stepping into a personality cult decorated as a Buddhist center and their venue was a huge stamp of letigimacy to be used by OKC subsequently, and it worked.

Kyabje Kangyour Rimpoche the supposed "root guru" of Robert Spatz aka Lama Kunzang, Kangyour Rimpoche could not even speak English in the 70's when Spatz supposedly visited him and Spatz could not possibly speak a word of Tibetan but the later got "personal instruction" to build Nyima-Dzong and to "propagate" Buddhism in the West. Other testimonies from that time from people present at that time say it is impossible to match the founding myth of OKC with the reality at the time. the most probable is that RS simply invented the whole story and that his gullible followers in Belgium simply took it for granted having absolutely no other way to verify any part of the founding myth of OKC.

Dudjom Rimpoche visited OKC Brussels and OKC Nyima-Dzong in 1976, at the time these visits where seen as very important and ultimate proof that OKC was recognized and was legit. many people even started to follow OKC because of these visits. curiously Robert Spatz have been removed from the original pictures that you can see in OKC website. this is the "accreditation" used by OKC in court in 2018 to supposedly display legitimacy in front of the court, as if this could in any way exonerate OKC and Spatz from the law. 

Dilgo Kyentse Rimpoche : this visit also helped OKC appear and look like a leading Buddhist center in France
the visits took place in Nyima-Dzong in 80-82 and then in 1990. during those periods Nyima-Dzong was populated by at least 60 to 80 childrens all separated from their parents 2000km away in Brussels and these period where the worst for childrens regarding sexual abuse (by another pedophile called Bernard Pombal) but also by Robert Spatz (OKC founder) on at least 3 different girls minor of age at the time. 

 

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Le Dalai Lama à la rencontre de victimes d'abus sexuels commis par des bouddhistes #metooguru

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Le Dalaï-Lama a rencontré vendredi à Rotterdam aux Pays-Bas quatre représentants de victimes d'abus sexuels commis par des enseignants bouddhistes. Il a clairement appelé à dénoncer publiquement ces abus pour faire ressentir le poids de la honte aux auteurs.

Un dossier livrant plus en détail les témoignages de 12 victimes de nationalités diverses lui a été remis. Le Dalaï-Lama s'est engagé à tenir une conférence sur les abus sexuels avec des psychologues et des religieux.

Parmi les quatre représentants de victimes qui se sont entretenus avec lui figurait un jeune adulte, né dans la secte bouddhiste Ogyen Kunsang Choling (OKC) du gourou belge Robert Spatz, qui parlait au nom de 23 parties civiles.

Ce sont les seules victimes mineures dénoncées à ce jour. Il questionne la possibilité de contrôler les enseignants. En effet, certains d'entre eux s'autoproclament "lamas" et utilisent même le nom du Dalaï-Lama. Parmi eux figure Robert Spatz, malgré les condamnations relatives à ses pratiques sexuelles. Celui-ci se défend en affirmant qu'elles relèvent du bouddhisme.

"Le Dalaï-Lama a été le premier à dénoncer ces abus en 1993", remarque cet ancien membre d'OKC. "Pour l'instant, les organisations bouddhistes se limitent à faire des enquêtes internes et le premier réflexe reste de faire des médiations avec les victimes. Mais ces médiations gardent ces scandales en interne et empêchent qu'ils ne finissent devant la justice." Il est pour lui important que les victimes aillent porter plainte afin d'amener ces affaires devant les tribunaux.

En Belgique, la cour d'appel de Bruxelles rendra mardi son arrêt concernant le gourou Robert Spatz. Il est notamment poursuivi pour abus sexuels et avait été condamné à quatre ans de prison en première instance.

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Le Dalaï Lama appelle à jeter l'opprobre sur les auteurs d'abus sexuels

(BELGA) = Le Dalaï-Lama a rencontré vendredi à Rotterdam aux Pays-Bas quatre représentants de victimes d'abus sexuels commis par des enseignants bouddhistes. Il a clairement appelé à dénoncer publiquement ces abus pour faire ressentir le poids de la honte aux auteurs.

Un dossier livrant plus en détail les témoignages de 12 victimes de nationalités diverses lui a été remis. Le Dalaï-Lama s'est engagé à tenir une conférence sur les abus sexuels avec des psychologues et des religieux. Parmi les quatre représentants de victimes qui se sont entretenus avec lui figurait un jeune adulte, né dans la secte bouddhiste Ogyen Kunsang Choling (OKC) du gourou belge Robert Spatz, qui parlait au nom de 23 parties civiles.

Ce sont les seules victimes mineures dénoncées à ce jour. Il questionne la possibilité de contrôler les enseignants. En effet, certains d'entre eux s'autoproclament "lamas" et utilisent même le nom du Dalaï-Lama. Parmi eux figure Robert Spatz, malgré les condamnations relatives à ses pratiques sexuelles. Celui-ci se défend en affirmant qu'elles relèvent du bouddhisme.

"Le Dalaï-Lama a été le premier à dénoncer ces abus en 1993", remarque cet ancien membre d'OKC. "Pour l'instant, les organisations bouddhistes se limitent à faire des enquêtes internes et le premier réflexe reste de faire des médiations avec les victimes. Mais ces médiations gardent ces scandales en interne et empêchent qu'ils ne finissent devant la justice." Il est pour lui important que les victimes aillent porter plainte afin d'amener ces affaires devant les tribunaux. En Belgique, la cour d'appel de Bruxelles rendra mardi son arrêt concernant le gourou Robert Spatz. Il est notamment poursuivi pour abus sexuels et avait été condamné à quatre ans de prison en première instance.

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Sometimes winning a battle is about knowing when to let it go ! #okcinfo #okcspatz #metooguru #metoo

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Thanks to all your donations both offline and online, we now reached 4.538€ we still have to top-up with 2000€ to reach the first step of being able to pay the lawyers.

If you can still share this campaign via email, social media or word of mouth please Know that each of these little things help us tremendously reach our general goal.

The Judgement day is approaching soon, many people from different countries will join and be present to the final of this 20 year long trial, the date is 18th of September, Justice Palace of Brussels. Check our out facebook event via the OKCinfo page to make sure to get the latest updates.

For many of us this is the end of a journey that started in 2016 with the first trial where OKC-Spatz got themselves a nice 4 year suspended sentence that they appealed 10 days after the sentence resulting in an appeal court trial in 2018. if there was one image representative enough to speak about the appeal is : Facebook comments & images where the only arguments beside openly lying under oath to counter our arguments and our multi faceted but converging stories depicting the reality inside OKC.

The cult could not do better than what they did to serve our objective : most of the testimonies from cult insiders to counter our arguments displayed either lies, cult conditioning, severe lack of discernment, absurd perjury and the use of Tibetan Buddhist figures to justify the legitimacy of their so called Buddhist center. We hope the Belgian Justice will be able to cut through the bullshit and see OKC and Spatz and the 7 direct accomplice as what they are : criminals that need to face their actions and their utter lack of integrity.

History will always remember the version of the survivors and we'll make sure it stays that way for eons to come: Ogyen Kunzang Choling is dead, Robert Spatz aka Lama Kunzang is just a shadow of psychopathy maintained alive by his utter fear of death and his belief that death is so important moment of life where one's actions are scrutinized, felt and seen by oneself and that on that moment, every pain, every abuse, every torture will be felt thousands of times stronger and for eternity.

That's what await the circle of jerks around RS and that's what await RS/LK and that's what they will get. Karma is a bitch they say, Human Justice may be flawed (flaws used and abused by OKC to last this trial for 20 years is one of their feats certainly) but in the end, even before the judgement day, we already won, we spoke up, we united to fight the only battle worth battling for : ourselves and that along with handling our lives and healing is the best way to celebrate winning with or without a matching human justice system sentence.

May the Light always be !

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Testimony from an Ogyen Kunzang Choling (OKC) Survivor #sexualabuse #buddhism #rape #meetoo

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Nyima Dzong in the 80's

The following comment was posted by a Buddhist as a comment after having shared Ben’s powerpoint presentation “40 Years of Abuse in the Name of Dharma by ex-OKC born-kids” on Facebook.

Ben who stands behind this entire thing has a financial interest and is generally against Buddhism. The whole matter is already old and has been judicially negotiated for years. Ben’s goal is to close the center. But the center has nothing more to do with Robert Spatz and has been under the direction of Sechen monastery / Rabjam Rinpoche for years. Pictures of Robert Spatz, his long-life prayers, have long since been removed. Khenpo Tsethen is independent and what is said about him is out of thin air, simply a lie! Have you ever talked with Khenpo, Rabjam Rinpoche or were you in Nyima Dzong? As a monk, would you like to spread lies about Khenpo Tsethen without ever having spoken to him? Do you want to be part of the fact that people, monks lose their homes, and since they have devoted themselves entirely to the Dharma, they do not have a pension and end up in the middle of the age, or end up in the street? You can write about Robert Spatz, but PLEASE leave people out who have nothing to do with him. This article you have posted here contains untruths. Please check it!¹

Here is a response to that comment by a woman who was a child in the OKC.

A little history may help in understanding why this accusation is not only wrong but offensive and hurtful. For the sake of clarity, in this explanation when I speak of the “adults” of OKC I am talking about members who joined the community as adults, of their own free will. When I mention the “children” of OKC, I am referring to those of us who were either born into OKC or brought to the community by our parents when we were small. We are now adults of various ages ranging from the twenties to the forties and doing our best to piece ourselves together while coping with the devastating after-effects of our childhoods in the community. These effects range from trauma to pragmatic issues resulting from a lack of education (most of us were taken out of school at age 14), lack of parental guidance or financial support and difficulties integrating into ordinary society.

OKC was created in 1972 by Robert Spatz and a few others.

Robert Spatz alias Lama Kunzang

Over the next few years it grew into a community with religious centers in several countries. These centers included shops, restaurants and yoga facilities located in cities such as Brussels and Athens and isolated communities such as Nyima-Dzong. At Nyima-Dzong, members lived an alternate lifestyle in isolation from the “outside world” in a group of ancient buildings nestled in a secluded valley in the French Alps. Initially, this was a community of adults, but in the late 70s several families joined the community with small children and the first OKC babies were born on site. Each family was assigned to live in a single room with virtually no furniture other than the ubiquitous little altar bearing a photo of Spatz. We slept on the floor and piled our few belongings in the corners. The community did not have electricity or running water during the early years. We shared communal outhouses and lined up with bowls three times a day for food doled out by the communal kitchen, where food was cooked over a wood-burning stove. For the most part, we ate what we could grow, which meant that most meals consisted of turnips, carrots, and nettles that we picked in the wild, usually boiled without spices or salt. Children took lessons in a one-room schoolhouse tended by one teacher with very limited supplies. We had very little time with our parents, less than when we lived “outside,” because of the rigorous work and prayer schedule that we all followed seven days a week. Meanwhile, Spatz lived in luxury in a huge mansion in Brussels, driving a jaguar from one center to another, and relaxing by drinking wine and listening to Wagner on his yacht. His own children lived in the mansion with him, and were educated in exclusive private schools.

In the early eighties, a new system was announced. Rather than living with their parents, the children would live in dorms. We were triaged into three groups, the “bigs,” who were aged 10-12, the “mediums” who were 5-10, and the “smalls,” who were 2-4. A supervisor was assigned to each group, and there was no need for the parents to interact with their children at all. In fact, parents were under pressure not to interact with their children. Parents were told that they were filled with toxic thoughts and emotions and they were poisoning their children by their presence. If they wanted their children to grow up pure and strong, and to have a chance at enlightenment, it was imperative for them to pull away. Some parents went so far as to turn their heads when encountering a group of children, to avoid crossing eyes with their own child. This burden of becoming the enlightened future of the community fell heavily upon our shoulders as well. As children, we were expected to need nothing, want nothing, to give up our most prized dreams and possessions without complaint, to have no wishes, ambitions, goals, loves or fears. We were supposed to diligently work, study and pray every day without experiencing any emotion or receiving any attention, recognition or approval. However, there were plenty of adults willing to help us get rid of our egos by criticizing, and belittling us, even bullying us and/or taking our possessions. They shut down any complaint with the retort that our egos were talking, always the big egos leading us into shallow and selfish behavior; we should stop with all the self-importance, learn some humility and spend our days praying instead of complaining.

Children at Château de Soleils (Nyima Dzong)

After separating families on site, it was only a small step for Spatz to start literally sending the parents away, usually off to the cities where they could make money for the community by staffing its shops and restaurants, where many of them worked seven days a week without pay. Also, the families already living in Brussels were pressured to send their kids off to live in France. In addition to religious pressure and shaming, Spatz also used tactics such as telling people they were free to leave the community immediately if they were not willing to part from their kids. These were people who had quit their jobs, sold their homes and belongings and severed ties with their families to join the community. They had donated everything they owned and had nowhere to go. One after another, parents made the heartbreaking choice to send their children away to be raised at Nyima-Dzong. Even tiny two and three-years olds fell victim to this forced separation. Parents were only allowed to visit their children at Spatz’s whim. Some parents were allowed to visit twice a year, others once a year, others even less than that. I heard from one girl that she didn’t see her mother for almost three years, so long that she forgot what she looked like and struggled to pick her out in a crowd.

In the 90’s, the number of children living at OKC swelled and the number of adults shrank to just a small group tasked with raising the children. These adults for the most part had no experience with childcare and some of them had mental problems that made them unfit to be trusted with children. These adults were on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with no vacations or holidays, such that even the kindest ones among them were vulnerable to caving under the stress and mistreating children. Also, once Spatz had the parents safely out of the way, he advocated an increasingly harsh lifestyle for the children. The schedule became more rigid, the food sparse to the point where children would steal vegetables from the garden in the dead of night, sitting in the fresh dirt to gobble them down as soon as they pulled them from the ground. Punishments were increasingly harsh. Small children were locked overnight in a shoe closet infested with rats, deprived of food sometimes for multiple days, forced to run endless circles barefoot in the snow and hit with switches. A pedophile ran rampant among the little girls, showering naked with them and slipping his hand under their nightgowns when he put them to bed. Yet another deranged disciple preferred to bully the boys, calling them to his room at night after charging them with small crimes, or sometimes no crime at all, and holding them down after stuffing a dirty handkerchief in their mouth so they wouldn’t make too much noise while he beat them black and blue.

Scenes: Children at Château de Soleils (Nyima Dzong)

When the oldest kids in this group reached their teens and grew rebellious, Spatz separated them from the smaller children and sent them to live in a community in Portugal. In a new twist, he began to include alcohol in his religious ceremonies. Kids were not only invited, but forced to drink, so much that by the end of some prayer sessions there were children throwing up all over the temple and others passed out on the floor who were unceremoniously piled into a cart and dumped in their rooms to recover. These teenagers were taught to fight, and told that they were in training to fight for their lives in an upcoming war that would bring an end to the world as we know it. Around this time Spatz also went through a Gypsy phase, where he traveled cross country in caravans with select members of the community, including teenage girls, partying along the way.

Screenshot from the video: Anniversaire Robert Spatz 13avril2001.mp4
(The children in this image are of another generation than the author of this post.)

As for me, I am one of the older children in the group. My family joined this community in the late 70s, when I was a small child. I was taken out of school at 14 and for the next three years I was routinely sexually abused by Spatz. I want to be clear that this was not a relationship that had even the pretense of being consensual; Spatz procured my obedience with trickery, intimidation and outright threats of harm to both me and members of my family. As a child, I used to look up to Spatz and think of him as a kind, fatherly figure, but during those three years I learned to hate him, so much so that I would feel sick to my stomach at the sound of his car pulling up to the building. In the face of total parental abdication, I had no-one to turn to. Spatz had full control over my fate. For all practical purposes, I was a captive, forbidden to leave the community even for brief visits to family members outside.

In the end, my older brother is the one who offered me a means of escape, when I was 17. I am one of the fortunate few who had some financial support from my family after I got out. Although it wasn’t easy, I managed to go back to school and get a college degree. I wanted to forget what I lived through at Nyima-Dzong and I tried hard to do so, but I found out that something more than willpower is required to heal from such an experience. Also, I was always worried about the children I had left behind, especially the younger girls. I worried that by escaping I had left behind a void that Spatz would simply fill with the next youngest girl. As it turns out, I was only half right – Spatz had already moved on to a couple of the next youngest girls long before I left, after taking the precaution of having his disciples move me away from Nyima-Dzong to a different location, so that I wouldn’t notice what he was doing.

It took me years to break through the spell of secrecy and speak up about Spatz, but I finally brought criminal and civil complaints against him in 1998. I found out later that three other women had done the same. After making these complaints I received a call from a woman in the community that I had loved as a child and for a second I thought she had called to tell me that she was sad or upset to hear about what happened to me. But that wasn’t it at all. She wanted me to drop the charges against Spatz because she was afraid that he would be sent to prison and the community would be shut down. People would be put out on the street, with no money and nowhere to go. What happened to me was in the past, she said, so couldn’t I just let it go instead of moving forward with a lawsuit that might ruin the lives of many innocent people? When I asked about other girls, she glossed over the question. I hung up feeling hurt by her indifference, and also wondering for the first time if the huge secret that I thought I had guarded for years was actually not a secret at all. The thought crossed my mind that perhaps some of Spatz’s disciples didn’t mind offering up a girl to Spatz every now and then in exchange for his continued patronage and support of the community.

I stood firm, but other disciples approached my family with the same logic, asking them to stop me from wreaking havoc on the community, and they fell prey to guilt. My mother pressured me to stop. My brother, who had been my only ally for years, told me that he wished me the best but he could not support what I was doing because he was worried about the fate of friends and family members still in the community. I tried to tell them that this was just a story that the community was using to manipulate them. Personally, I thought it was a little sick for the adults to purchase their religious blessings and financial security at the cost of their children’s suffering. Plus, I never believed that Spatz would support these people in their old age, as they expected him to do. It was because of Spatz that these people were destitute – he was the one who convinced them to donate everything to him and live in poverty while he freely spent the money he gathered. But I realized over time that the two of them were ashamed of my actions and felt guilty by association. They came back from visits to the community acting surprised and grateful that people were willing to talk to them despite what I had done. Ridiculously, it became a situation where my family was persuaded that they needed to protect Spatz and OKC from me, rather than the other way around. My brother eventually succumbed to guilt and wrote a letter to the Belgian police in 1998 suggesting that they ought not believe my story. He didn’t have the courage to tell me about this betrayal – I found out about it at the trial last year when Spatz’s lawyers tried to use it as evidence to discredit me. I know that my mother and brother both love me and that, at the time, they acted out of confusion, and under the influence of religious manipulation. I love them as well, and aside from issues related to OKC they have been the best mother and brother I could wish for. The trial last year stirred up all these issues and precipitated some long discussions among us and I am grateful that they have come to understand the situation more clearly and support me in what I am doing. The point I want to make is not to criticize them, but to show how insidious religious brainwashing can be, to the extent of turning loving family members against each other.

I’m sharing this story not to talk about myself but because it echoes the experience of the other OKC children. This worn out theme has been trotted out over and over again for 20 years now: OKC is a charming community filled with good people who will be provided with financial support and loving care in their elder years – but this wondrous existence is on the brink of being ruined by the selfish headstrong children of OKC who think only about themselves. OKC used this story for years to stop the younger generation of OKC from speaking up. It’s an effective tactic to use on kids who were raised to disregard their own well-being and avoid selfishness like the plague. For the most part, the OKC children who decided to testify at trial went through a very difficult personal struggle because of these accusations, and some of them backed out (despite suffering horrific abuse) because they couldn’t handle the guilt trip or disapproval of their parents. And many of them have family members who fell victim to the same guilt trips as my own family, and made statements to the police or tribunal trying to discredit them. These are family members of abused children! Cousins, uncles, siblings, parents knowingly undermining these children in an effort to protect Spatz and OKC.

 

In truth, Spatz created a network of companies that manage all money, people and assets related to OKC. The Belgian tribunal found that these companies, even the ones styled as non-profits and religious organizations, actually operated for the financial benefit of Spatz, rather than the community or the disciples. Money has been laundered back and forth between these companies over the years to the detriment of the people that they are supposed to benefit. How does one man manage to control the finances of multiple organizations and the lives of multiple people? Through his closest, most loyal disciples, who I think of as his “lieutenants.” During the trial, some of the former OKC disciples tried to seize control of the Belgian OKC organization away from Spatz. They were successful in getting him to retire as officer of the company, but his lieutenants then intimidated the group into submitting to Spatz’s continued control. Spatz’s lieutenants are the officers of some of the other OKC-related organizations. They still live in his centers – I know of at least one who still lives at Nyima-Dzong.

I don’t know anything about the Kenpo, but I assume he is financed by OKC Belgium or OKC France, both of which are still controlled by Spatz most loyal disciples. And, while OKC may have removed Spatz’ photo from their website, the photo still sits on its throne in the temple at Nyima-Dzong.

Circling back to the original accusation, I am troubled by the premise that the members of OKC should be protected because they have “nothing to do” with the wrongs perpetrated by Spatz. This is a fiction that lives on in part because, contrary to accusations, the OKC children are absurdly compassionate and forgiving. Most of the OKC disciples were complicit in one way or another in the abuse and neglect of the community’s children. Those that were not complicit are at the very least guilty of turning a blind eye in a situation where a compassionate human would ordinarily be expected to lend a hand. We (the OKC children) know that the adults were deceived and indoctrinated by Spatz and we know that he had a terrible way of twisting the truth and the religion, making acts of kindness seem like crimes, and crimes like acts of kindness. So we forgive the people who beat, neglected and mistreated us, or led us to his bedroom in the dead of night, choosing instead to focus on Spatz as the ultimate cause of the harm.

It is one thing to forgive the adults; it is quite another thing to engage in the pretense that they are innocent, and yet another thing entirely to attack the children who suffered a lifetime of abuse and accuse these children of selfishness! Make no mistake, some of these adults did terrible things. To give one example among many: one girl testified at trial that when she was 12 Spatz “gave” her as a girlfriend to a young man that he favored, and sent them off to travel with his gypsy caravan. One night, this older boy drank too much while partying with the adults and hauled the girl into his caravan, where he raped her. When he passed out she emerged from the caravan crying and went to sit by the campfire where she announced “I’ve just been raped, does anyone even care?” There was an awkward pause, and that’s the end of the story. No-one did a thing. This girl brought charges against Spatz for sexually assaulting her a year later, but insisted that she did not want to bring charges against the boy who raped her because she felt that he had been twisted and abused by Spatz as well and he had suffered enough. She also forgave the adults who allowed the boy to get drunk and haul her into a caravan, and who took no action after finding out about the rape – going so far as to refuse to disclose their names in order to protect them. Why? Because she feels pity for them, because she knows as we all do that Spatz hurt and controlled everyone. The boys chose to forgive the sick, twisted individual who came up with pretenses to beat them violently. And all the children have forgiven the parents who neglected and abandoned them.

Since there have also been accusations directly against Ben, I feel the need to point out that he is acting on behalf of a group of 25-30 former OKC kids, many of whom are still Buddhists themselves, and most of whom were plaintiffs in the trial against OKC. Any attack on Ben is, practically speaking, an attack on all of the OKC children. Speaking for the younger generation, right now what the children need is a little compassion and support from the world in light of the traumas that they have lived through and the life challenges that they currently face. To continue to attack them is simply cruel. Many of these kids have a parent who is still in OKC, or halfway in. And all of the kids are concerned about the financial well-being of the remaining members. No-one wants to see these people on the street! But most of these children believe, like I do, that Spatz has no intent to provide for his disciples in their old age. Spatz has sucked people dry over the years, to the point of half-starving children and depriving even terminally ill disciples of medical care. Anyone who believes that Spatz will generously take care of his disciples once they have nothing more to give him is sadly naïve. If Spatz was truly concerned, he could take action right now by setting up individual pensions for his disciples using the money he has hoarded for himself all of these years. Why focus the blame on the children instead of on Spatz, who has been found guilty of violating employment laws and appropriating the community’s money for his personal use?

In fact, the OKC children have had endless discussions about how to deal with the problem of elders aging in the community with no savings or accumulated social security. For this reason, we all supported the people trying to take OKC away from Spatz and hoped they would be successful. And if they had been successful and OKC was truly and irrevocably free from Spatz and his lieutenants, we would support OKC. I believe that most of us would like nothing more than to see Spatz’s disciples recreate a Buddhist community independent of Spatz and make it thrive. But we will not support an OKC that continues to dominate and mistreat people, and funnel money to Spatz.

Incidentally, the tribunal appeared to be concerned for the well-being of aging disciples as well. The court’s solution was to seize Spatz’s assets and create a fund to use as an alternative to social security for all of the adults who worked undeclared and without pay for OKC for most of their lives. That solution in my opinion is also better than letting things rock on as they are, which will result in financial hardship to everyone but Spatz and his most loyal lieutenants in the end. My only fear (which I believe is shared by some of the other children) is that there are adults so deeply entranced by Spatz that they will turn around and give the money right back to him.

The 20-year-old lawsuit against Spatz is not over. The case finally went to trial in 2016, and now it is on appeal, and we are all still holding our breath waiting for the final outcome. Nothing is over or resolved – not yet.


¹ Ben made clear that his goal is not to close the center. He is the spokes person of 23 civil parties, some of the older generations of youngsters (now adults) from OKC. There are now 170 charges against OKC by the Belgian Justice system. Eleven sexual abuse cases were presented in front of the court. In total there are 46 civil parties, some from the 1997 inquiry and all the others from the trial in 2016. A detailed clarification by Ben will be posted soon on this blog.

If you want to financially support the court case of the victims against Robert Spatz, you can donate via the Aide aux victimes de Robert Spatz GoFundMe Campaign.

 

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Abuse is abuse: we live in the world of conventional reality | Yarlung Warrior #opinion #vajrayana #spatz #sogyal

by Rigden Namgyal :

I find it very troubling to realize the general quietism about and surrounding the issue of Sogyal Rinpoche and the responses to it, especially among Tibetan netizens and the community as a whole. This is major news in the international Buddhist community yet our media outlets (Phayul, Radio Free Asia or Voice of America Tibetan service) have considered it insignificant or taboo, and very few individuals seem to be following the controversy and the responses on social media. This absence of coverage, comment or criticism connecting to this well-known Tibetan Buddhist figure tells us something about the general mindset of Tibetans, our unquestioned faith and uncritical judgment toward our religious figures, and ignorance of social justice issues outside of our ‘political’ cause.

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Just a few ideas/advices to the courageous 8 from

– do not wait. go to justice, make a formal complaint, it will open a case and be part of the instruction. sooner the better.
– The people on the board will not face much, even more if they are not directly responsible for the abuses, they will not make any jail time, will probably have financial reparation to make, it’s nothing compared to what survivors had to endure. hiding a crime is not executing a crime, responsibility is different.
– get a collective lawyer that will manage each case separately with a team of lawyers. individualise your cases, do not get one narrative to defend everyone, each case is different, use this.
– if accused RIGPA board members WILL lie in court, (ongoing with OKC), they will have better, more lawyers than the victims and much more money to cover their defense, they will not hesitate to use Buddhist scriptures, interpretations, legitimation to defend their position) even if Human Laws state these abuses are crimes. Indoctrination will not help them build their case. Use these flaws in your own advantage, ideally your lawyer should need to understand some basic Buddhist philosophy to really counter- argument the Sogyal lawyer if you go to that point.

– the RIGPA board could easily dissociate itself from Sogyal by having his own set of lawyers, their task should be to save RIGPA, tie abuses to whoever is responsible for them and allow RIGPA to not dive WITH Sogyal if the two are mixed up.

IF the RIGPA board lie or is brainwashed and only try to save appearances instead of honestly trying to fix it this, it will unleash more problem than solution and sooner or later new people, even if it is in 10 years, some people will wake up, will talk, will go to the Police/Justice but the more times goes, the more it is going to be difficult to build a case. this path will destroy the center and all the good people invested in it. this is basically what RIGPA board should avoid at all cost.

The most important advice is : do not wait, go together, stay together. one victim on it's own can easily be defeated by arguments, 8 survivors with their own timeline, their own stories and their own defense is another piece of work and it will be difficult for any court in France to ignore the stream of stories and their common points. that's how you build proof on the realm of intangible abuses.

I will update this post with more ideas if they come in mind.

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in the Spatz community the first handful of us who spoke up were ignored by the rest for almost 20 years while the justice system slowly turned its wheels, and even accused of demonic possession and all sorts of nonsense.

It was painful, but I believe that most of these people were taken in by the lies that Spatz told them, and that they each told each other. During those years, many of the children grew up and left the community and began the slow struggle to clear their minds and one by one, they began to speak up. By the time we got to trial last year, there were some 30 ex-disciples who came to testify, each one with his or her own horrific story.

Multiple women testified to suffering years of sexual abuse, from as young as age 12. Parents were pressured to send their children away to another country to be raised by the community at age 2 or 3, and thereafter saw their children only once or twice a year. Small children were beaten, starved, locked overnight in rat-infested closets, and more. Disciples suffering from cancer were told not to seek medical treatment and died in horrible pain. And so forth and so on, but each person suffering from mistreatment thought his or her pain was an isolated incident, and kept the secret because of the community rule that no one ever criticizes the lama or the community.

Anyway, the trial (which went on for months) changed the hearts of many people, particularly those who came and sat in the courtroom and listened to their former friends and family members relate what they had suffered. One or two or even give or six people can be ignored, but the weight of the evidence finally snowballed to the point that it was hard for even the most persistent Buddhist to explain things away in terms of karma and wisdom and pure perception and what not. It didn’t happen overnight, some people wavered for months while the trial went on, but by the time it ended many of those who had staunchly supported Spatz for 20-40 years had pulled the wool from their eyes and were walking away.

But this process, of letting go of a lifetime’s worth of lies in which one may have inadvertently been complicit is very painful, confusing and anxiety-provoking. In the end, I believe everyone is a victim, other than the lama/cult leader and perhaps a very small circle of his most devoted lieutenants.

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Sogyal Rinpoche Has Resigned from #Rigpa #Buddhism

It's interesting to see how the word allegations is being used all across the world when it's about Men sexual abuse, usually rich, priviledged, powerful men using their positions to try at all cost to appear innocent, "using the justice system" or a third-party independent body to look into these "allegations" while maintaning a narrative to appear like innocent. the denial is still KING, either for Sogyal or for RIGPA board, the tone of the letters sound as if the allegations will be proven false and his reputation soon restored. 

 

Letter to Sogyal from brave 8 : https://www.lionsroar.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Letter-to-Sogyal-Lakar-14-06-2017-.pdf

letter to his students : https://cdn.tricycle.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/1_sr_letter_august_2017_eng-1.pdf 

board letter to their Sangha : : https://cdn.tricycle.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2_rigpa_letter_aug_2017_eng-1.pdf 

Presse release from RIGPA : https://cdn.tricycle.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Rigpa-press-statement-final-20170811.pdf

It's probably the last time we have to LINK the case to the case, both bearing very similar behaviour, not only from the "board" but also from the accused "master" himself, both using narratives, words and excuses to appear innocent that cannot be taken seriously. 

Any independent third-party looking into these matters should be the French Justice System, the Police, but for this to happen, survivors NEED to make a formal complaint, need to use the Human Law Justice system to make sure these so called "masters" are judged not only from a spiritugal point of view but most certainly from a Human Law point of view. Buddhism cannot exclude itself or put himsel on top of Human Laws as if sexual abuses conducted by a so called "master" can only be judged by spiritual laws or worst : stay for ever managed like a personal, internal dispute that an independent third-party could solve. 

Survivors from sexual abuse MUST go to Justice, must make a formal complaints, that is the only way to force not only Sogyal to face his actions but also to take this very very seriously and make sure this never ever happens again. of course adopting a code of conduct (the irony that a code of conduct needs to be crafted for a spiritual philosophy will not escape to anyone that Knows just even a fraction of what Buddhism stand for) 

To survivors we say : 

- Go to Justice, Buddhism is not a Law on top of Human Laws and Human Justice System. 
- If we really want to Clean Buddhism from these serial abusers, keeping this scandal an internal affair will never solve the problem, it will only push for later the possibility of a real, lasting solutions that can be put in place all across Dharma centers all around the World. 
- Do not think for one second that, as a survivor, Speaking up is Equal to "Harming Buddhism or Dharma or RIGPA" this is an excuse, used both in the case of OKC or other scandals that is a construct to minimise the importance of the abuse with the intent to preserve, turn off the light, the public eye from these abusers that use Buddhist Sangha & Dharma as a shield. 

Let's finish the work : let's speak up, let's make sure this never happens to anyone ever again. 

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The untold short story of #OKC and Robert Spatz aka Ogyen Kunzang Chöling #Buddhism #SexualAbuse #Cult

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At some point NOT taking a position is equal to being complice to criminals so in the aftermath of the brave 8 students that found the courage to speak, we at have some advice :

- Do not make the same mistake we did by not speaking earlier and by not going to the Police/Justice with a formal complaints.

- Do not equate going to the Police/Justice to "harming the Dharma", this is a false argument used by so called Buddhist & Sangha all across the globe to keep hiding the unspeakable acts from their Guru's, with the excuse to protect Buddhism reputation, Buddhism reputation is suffering BECAUSE of these so called guru's behaviours todwards their students, not the other way around. Samaya is NOT broken by making a formal complaints to force a serial abuser to face his own action, quite on the contrary ! Samaya IS BROKEN by the guru's by breaking the trust, the relation, the confidence of students by abusing them, let's not use Buddhist logics AGAINST victims of sexual abuse.

- Buddhism does NOT replace the Laws of Men and the Judiciary. Sometimes Karma need a little bit of Help to play his role and staying in silence over grave abuse of power, sex, money etc..

- "Buddhism does not have a hierarchy" stated by countless Buddhist observers, practicioners or even Dalai-Lama translator Matthieu Ricard is a false argument : of course Buddhism have a hierarchy, just ask anyone in any Sangha all over the world how complicated it is to place different Teachers,Lama, Guru's in the same Temple : who should be higher ? who should sit next to whom ? who will speak ? who will be teaching ?

All these questions and all this diplomacy is a living proof there is a hierarchy, there is a lineage, there is an order, there is different schools with different leaders, all together they form the different schools of thought inside the big Buddhist familly. Of course the hierarchy in Buddhism is different in each country but in the West, there is different schools dominating in different countries and each of them have their own structure and autonomy, but that is not per se an argument to affirm there is no hierarchy in Buddhism.

There is a hierarchy of Importance, of Lineage, of experience, and IF this is not enough to take a position in the case of RIGPA or OKC, then perhaps Buddhism need some serious mutation to abide to some basic Human Laws such as : Integrity, Transparency, Ethics since it seems Buddhism is not enough to provide for such basic protection for students that should not be alone facing the responsibility of meeting with a predator guru under the disguise of the Perfect Teacher.

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Confirmé : Rabjam Rimpoché annule sa visite à OKC Bruxelles et #OKC France #Bouddhisme #13avril

Confirmé : Rabjam Rimpoché annule sa visite à OKC Bruxelles et #OKC France #Bouddhisme #13avril

Plusieurs visites était prévues par OKC pour redorer son blason entre la fin du procès et l'appel en justice. 

De l'avis des parties civiles ces visites n'ont pas lieux d'être, d'ailleurs OKC ne fait pas partie des centres bouddhistes que ce soit en France ou en Belgique, si ces tibétains veulent enseigner le Bouddhisme qu'ils aillent dans des centres officiels qui ne sont pas en procès pour abus sexuels, fraudes et manipulation de masse. c'est aussi simple que ça.


Et pourtant OKC n'a pas l'air de réagir et laisse sur son site web ces évènements comme si ils allaient tous se dérouler comme prévu, hors une partie de ces dates ont bel et bien été annulées d'après nos informations.

Listes des dates ici : http://okc-net.org/index.php/events/
Listes des Lama Tibétains encore affiché sur le site OKC avec ou contre leur gré : http://okc-net.org/index.php/project/

contexte : http://www.okcinfo.news/2017/40-years-of-abuse-in-the-name-of-dharma-the

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40 Years of abuse in the Name of #Dharma : the story of @OgyenKun Ogyen Kunzang Choling #Buddhism

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Recently and while we wait for the appeal to take place (2 years) we noticed that members travelled to Asia to meet with Rabjam Rimpoché (the so called Tibetan head of OKC since RS "retired" a vain illusion to try to salvage a so called Buddhist center that should be dismantled. 

We noticed that other "Tibetan teachers" are invited to OKC's Brussels center but also to Nyima-Dzong (where part of the sexual/physical abuses took place)

We also noticed that the "masters" page in OKC website is gone, it's probably a bug since this page stayed online during the whole trial in 2016 and is a proud element used by OKC to legitimate the organisation. 

We noticed OKC new publication in their "judicial dossier" trying to explain their reason to go to appeal (against the will of most of the remaining community parents) and we noticed that the Buddhist Hierarchy in Europe is not listening to a real drift in Buddhism regarding fake "masters" and their behavior against their disciples but worst in the case of OKC : sexual & physical abuse on Children's & adults. (not even going to mention fraud, tax evasion & other accusations)


RS profile is a defacto serial-sexual-abuser-narcissist-pervert.

Because if you study the date of each sexual abuse the reality is that RS never stopped abusing woman or teeangers/young-adults in the last 40 years. RS may be still doing it, the so called "initiations" and discret kinky-drunk conversations of the honor to be desired or touched by the Master, all time flanked by Yana, his disciple/master, leading the recruiting methodology back into the inner circle.


Even the police raid in 1997 didn't impeach RS from abusing girls the moment he got out of Jail early 1998, the same happened in 2003 in Charleroi and another variant to a under-age girl in 2004 at his house in Spain.

Some of  these facts are not part of the instruction thanks to the not-so great Belgian Justice system and also the fact that the whole inquiry completely missed the story. its very distributed european dimmension allowed RS to defuse the ticking bomb over the years and the very fact that we, civil parties, were all busy constructing lives these last 2 decades Out of this Mess was the best weapon used against the whole case by RS/OKC : Managing Time and Information. that's how 19 years go by with the State Justice loosing its track and civil parties too busy to rebuild from scratch to just have the time to think : what should we do ? 

We feel it is time to go full frontal with the Buddhist "masters", it is time to confront their support to OKC (or to by the way) and we will not let time go by & allow the Buddhists to NOT take a stand, a position regarding their inconditional support up to this day, to a serial-pedo-rapist-abuser that literrally avoided his own trial for being fake-sick while perhaps still abusing other girls (major of age as of now, like if this was a good reason).

We will not stay silent and we will use the means we have : Public Shaming (as advised by Dalai-Lama regarding sexual abuse & fake "master") we will use the tools available to us : Social Media, Search Engine Optimization, everything will be done to disrupt their communication and STOP the Tibetan Buddhist Hierarchy to keep giving its official support to a toxic & dangerous criminal that destroyed the lives of so many people while creating an out of control utopia under Buddhist disguise. 


Demands: 

- Move the events in Brussels to any other legitimate Buddhist center in Belgium.
- Move the events in France to any other legitimate (not RIGPA) Buddhist center in France. 
- Cancel any plans to teach at OKC "centers" while there is a trial and appeal ongoing.


We will not hesitate going to the International and local Media to make sure this horrific story don't fade out while RS is busy preparing his defense for the incoming court appeal.

If needed we will intervene legally and peacefully in the Public Space to denounce, confront in the open and make sure plenty of journalists & media are present while doing so.

Ogyen Kunzang Choling legal existence should be dismantled, then only a plan to save the Temples and all the Work and Dedication of hundreds of people can be restored to all the members.

But OKC back-leaded by Robert Spatz decided to Appeal after a VERY clement sentence. Not the victims, not the civil parties in this story. neither the remaining of desperate OKC members, glued to a structure that only benefited the master puppet and his familly. this has to stop. Tibetan Buddhist lineage should take their responsibility : do not legitimize OKC by visiting it, it doesn't help Buddhism, it doesn't Help the victims, it doesn't help anyone.  
Cancel or move the events !

Prior to this, since 2015 we did everything in our power (with very close contact to the tibetan buddhist hierarchy) to alert them, explain them, with this very presentation, about the reality of OKC. it's like they live in isolated bubbles were the very actions of their peers go unchecked, un-balanced, or like in our case completely out of control if not mad. 


We get in return long explanations about the difference between our culture and theirs, we hear false arguments used to justify their silence and we hear the same old tibetan buddhist political excuses to avoid facing their own responsibility : mainly giving by their presence the authority to Robert Spatz aka Lama Kunzang to claim to be a Buddhist Master since 1972.

In 2017 the Tibetan Lineage is guiding OKC out of this mess but unable to publicly denounce and take a stand?
There is plenty of articles, blog post and what not regarding Buddhism, sexuality but also communities, cults, sectarian drifts and all the thinking that got out of the 60's and 70's but one cannot but ask the question:

Why is there so much sexual assaults attached to Buddhist centers, teachers and so on without a bigger impact in the mainstream everyday noise?

Buddhism is so nice, nobody wants to hear: sexual abuses & Buddhism together. right?

But it's there because no action was taken when it was still time, today OKC is nothing but a Name, the only reason its still afloat is because OKC is sold:present itself as the bedrock of Buddhism in Europe. it's an empty shell.

OKC cannot claim to dissociate from the actions of Robert Spatz and at the same time welcome Tibetan Buddhist teachers under its roof like if 2 decades of inquiry and the civil parties enlightened testimonies at the trial is invisible. 

OKC wants to/should dissociate from Spatz ? this boat also sailed months ago, when the very google slide above
was sent to high-level Buddhist teachers in different centers across Europe and the US.

You cannot dissociate from Robert Spatz while having the same Lawyers, the same piloted-defense only in the interests of RS and his name/brand OKC.

Dissociation is about turning upside down this trial and actually tell the truth. stop protecting individuals, structures or relations to avoid facing the effects of one's actions or inactions.  

Sexual abuse, harsh treatments: it's also present in other religions, cultures, countries etc...it's systemic if you look around it's like powerfull men either in Religious, Politicians, Economic areas can shield their egotic interests from the repercussion of such acts but are indeed only sitting on a time-bomb & from complete obliteration when the public radar cross the issue. Non-Violent Public Shaming. because by NOT taking any stance, any action, you choose a brand over your values, you choose the shame of western Buddhism as your ultimate associate. 

Let's clarify a few things: 

Sexual abuses, Physical harsh treatments are not a cultural option, its not meant to be this way even if increasingly common, harsh treatments are not something Tibetans or anyone are "culturally" used too, the argument "it's a different culture in the West or Asia", in both cases ANY sexual abuses on ANYONE is against the very logic of Buddhism and Human nature, there is no cultural axis that can be used to legitimate or explain or minimize abuses on Children's. no matter their social context, their religion, their race or any other "difference". Period. 

Nobody cares if in Tibet or Nepal or India a case like OKC would be given less or no importance, OKC is based in Europe, in Belgium, in Spain, France, left Portugal in 2012 after members deserted the boat.

Nobody is asking Rabjam Rimpoché his opinion on sexual abuse or the illegitimate abuse of his cultural heritage and name to manipulate and legitimize the whole OKC endeavour. this boat sailed long ago. 

The case here is about saying : I (tibetan teacher present in the OKC website) fully reject any associations, use of the image, name, branding used by OKC with the teachers of the Nygima-pa Tibetan School (association RS aka Lama Kunzang claim to be a direct recipient) and pledge to stop any activities with OKC at least until the trial/appeal has gone through.

If the Tibetan Buddhist Hierarchy in Europe is unable to take a stand, we will ! 

we have nothing to lose at this point. 

This joke has been going long enough, now comes the time to face the facts and clean the House of Buddha !



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Comparatif du Dossier OKC

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Avant :
C’est «médusés» et «bouleversés» que nous avons suivi ce «

Devoir d’enquête

» de la RTBF diffusé ce 16 décembre 2015. Médusés par cette volonté de la RTBF et du Journal «le Soir» de se substituer à la justice. Médusés par ce procès médiatique avant l’heure. Médusés parce que nous sommes à quelques heures d’une «vrai justice» que nous attendons depuis 19 ans. Médusés enfin, par des méthodes très discutables, des témoignages infiniment contestables utilisées par les équipes de ce programme et du journal le Soir, réputé «sérieux». Mais, surtout bouleversés. Bouleversés par ces enfants que nous avons entendus aujourd’hui. Bouleversés par ces enfants qui ont grandi chez nous et avec nous! Bouleversés par leurs témoignages ……. Transpercés par leurs témoignages. Bouleversés par ce ressenti à notre encontre. C’est un choc, c’est choquant et tellement loin de notre réalité, de notre éthique de vie de Bouddhistes, de notre communauté, de notre quotidien. Ce pré-procès nous laisse sans voix! Ce pré-procès est désormais là, prégnant mais tellement loin de ce que nous avons voulu faire, faire valoir et faire savoir! Et les autres! Vous y avez pensez aux autres! A eux! Eux à qui personne n’a posé la question de savoir s’ils étaient «otages» d’un mode de vie, d’un mode de vivre, voire pire: En phase avec eux-mêmes! Ils sont où dans ce reportage? Ils sont où? Eux, pourtant, ils sont nombreux et vivent depuis 40 ans dans ce quartier Bruxellois! En toute impunité diront peut-être la RTBF et le Soir. En toute simplicité diront tous les autres. Ce mauvais Procès! C’était facile et cela fait très mal à toute une Communauté! C’était forcément le but recherché. Mais pourquoi ? A cette question, pas de réponse mais une réalité: Si nous étions aussi terrifiants, maléfiques et méprisables que décrit dans cette émission, pensez-vous un seul instant que la justice et l’état belge seraient a ce point aveugles de ne rien faire depuis 19 ans ? Pensez-vous surtout que nous pourrions vivre avec tout cela depuis 19 ans?
Après:
19 ans de procédure pour en arriver là… L’Association OKC estime que, même si aucune peine n’a été prononcée en ce qui la concerne, même si la plupart des préventions mises à sa charge ont été abandonnées et même si un bon nombre d’acquittements ont été prononcés, le verdict rendu a son encontre le 15 septembre dernier est insultant et infondé. Sur le fond de ce procès, notre Association n’a pas eu droit de parole, ou du moins d’écoute, de la part du Tribunal. L’utilisation des mots : « prise d’otages et tortures » utilisés par la Cour est infamante. A mille lieues de la volonté de « bien faire et le mieux possible » qui a toujours guidé notre Association. Nous n’avons pas eu l’occasion de l’exprimer, tellement place fut donnée à ces témoignages des premiers jours du procès. Ils ont pris le dessus sur les différents avis et jugements de l’Éducation Nationale française, de la Juge des Enfants de Digne, des nombreux contrôles et visites des services sanitaires, sociaux, de sécurité, qui étaient pourtant bien dans le dossier et qui contredisent ce verdict. Cette déferlante de témoignages accablants nous a laissé pantois, tellement c’était inscrit dans une caricature prônée par quelques-uns à une époque ! Notre Association ne peut pas laisser voler en éclats toute son action durant ces 40 ans. Action dont nous sommes fiers aujourd’hui ! Derrière cette Association, il y a des gens et des vies. Pour eux, tout cela est injuste, injustifié et révoltant ! Raison pour laquelle notre Association dans son ensemble fait appel de ce jugement.

Source Archive 2016 : https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20160205231215/http://www.okc-net.org/dossier/?page_id=149 Page modifiée 2017 : http://www.okc-net.org/dossier/?page_id=149