Dalai Lama to meet with survivors of Buddhist teacher abuse

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 14, 2018

The petition also asks that the Dalai Lama ask the Mind & Life Institute - a non-profit founded by His Holiness to promote the contemplative sciences - to host a dialoge on human sexuality and sexual abuse in religious communities; to put abuse in Buddhism on the agenda of an upcoming gathering of religious leaders in India; and to "reaffirm publicly that Buddhist teachers who commit crimes and misdemeanors, just like any other citizen, are liable to criminal prosecution and civil action".

The group of 12 had sent a petition to the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader on Monday requesting the meeting, which will take place following the Dalai Lama's arrival in Rotterdam from Malmo, Sweden, on September 14.

Members of the group include students from Austria, Australia, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and the United States, RFA's sources said, adding that five Tibetan lamas were named in the group's complaint.

The meeting will be in The Netherlands where the Dalai Lama is to give two days of lectures in the southwestern port city of Rotterdam. Written in English by Richard Finney.

"We found refuge in Buddhism with an open mind and heart, until we were raped in its name", the victims said in their petition, which has garnered almost 1,000 signatures.

The Dalai Lama's office responded by saying he will talk to the victims during a "short audience" on Friday afternoon.

A spokesperson said the Dalai Lama was "saddened" to hear about the abuse and "constantly condemned" such behaviour.

Churches around the world have been rocked in recent years by sex abuse scandals, most notably the Roman Catholic Church where Pope Francis is battling to make amends to victims who feel they have been badly let down by the authorities.

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