Woman, 30, Sues Buddhist Monk for Sexual Battery and Trafficking – Claiming He Raped Her in a Temple
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(Link): Woman, 30, sues Buddhist monk for sexual battery and trafficking – claiming he raped her in a temple
April 12, 2023
by S. Lepore
An Oregon woman has sued an influential Buddhist monk and trusted mentor over a litany of alleged sexual offenses including rape and pressuring her to keep an unwanted pregnancy.
Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, who also goes by Choying Rabjam, also allegedly asked her to sit in his lap and ‘suck his tongue like a lollipop,’ echoing accusations against the Dalai Lama earlier this week.
Rachel Montgomery, now 30, has filed a lawsuit accusing him of sexual battery and sex trafficking in 2011, when she was just 19 years old.
The two met when Montgomery was a teenager who studied under him at the Dzogchen Retreat Center in Eugene.
Montgomery alleges that Choga, as he is known, would continuously use their student-teacher relationship to make unwanted sexual advances, eventually allegedly raping her inside a Buddhist temple when she was 21.
She also claims that Choga, now 58, pressured her to get drunk before he sexually to the point where she was ‘barely conscious’ when he assaulted her and ordered her to, much like the Dalai Lama asked a child to do, suck his tongue for ‘tantric empowerment.’
‘I feel like Buddhism was weaponized to take advantage of me,’ Montgomery said to The Daily Beast. ‘I don’t want to say that it gets weaponized for everyone. But for me, it was weaponized.’
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