Dalai Lama meets group over abuse claim

The Scotsman - - World News - By MIKE CORDER

Four peo­ple who say Ti­betan Bud­dhist teach­ers abused them phys­i­cally or psy­cho­log­i­cally pre­sented the Dalai Lama with writ­ten ac­counts from 12 al­leged vic­tims and ap­pealed to him to ad­dress the prob­lem.

A group us­ing the hash­tag “metooguru” gath­ered about 1,300 sig­na­tures on an on­line pe­ti­tion call­ing for a meet­ing with the spir­i­tual leader so he could re­ceive its col­lec­tion of tes­ti­monies.

He met with four rep­re­sen­ta­tives for about 20 min­utes on the first day of a four-day visit to the Nether­lands.

The Dalai Lama is the leader of one school of Ti­betan Bud­dhism. Or­gan­is­ers of yes­ter­day’s meet­ing at a Rot­ter­dam ho­tel hope the No­bel Peace Prize win­ner will use his moral au­thor­ity to in­flu­ence the faith more broadly.

“What we want from him is that he is very clear about the fact that re­li­gious lead­ers in the Ti­betan Bud­dhist tra­di­tion are not above the law,” Oane Bi­jlsma, one of the four peo­ple who met the Dalai Lama, said.

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