Dalai Lama Admits To Knowing Of Sexual Allegations On Buddhist Teachers Since 25 Years

| September 16 , 2018 , 14:19 IST

The current Dalai Lama is known for his controversial statements, and on Saturday he admitted to knowing about the sexual abuse allegations on Buddhist teachers since 25 years ago and that such allegations are "nothing new".

During a 4-day trip to the Netherlands, the Tibetan spiritual leader made the statement after he met with victims of sexual abuse allegedly committed by Buddhist teachers. The victims had launched a petition to meet with the Dalai Lama, revered by millions of Buddhists around the world, during his Europe trip.

"We found refuge in Buddhism with an open mind and heart, until we were raped in its name," the victims said in their petition.

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"I already did know these things, nothing new," the Dalai Lama said in response on Dutch public television NOS late Saturday.

"Twenty-five years ago... someone mentioned about a problem of sexual allegations" he said, detailing the he was given the news at a conference for western Buddhist teachers in Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, where the Dalai Lama lives in exile with other Tibetan refugees since China occupied Tibet.

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People who commit sexual abuse "don't care about the Buddha's teaching. So now that everything has been made public, people may concern about their shame," he said.

Merely days before, on September 12, the Dalai Lama had sparked a controversy while speaking at a conference in Sweden when he said that "Europe belongs to the Europeans" and that refugees should return to their native countries..

"Receive them, help them, educate them... but ultimately they should develop their own country," said the 83-year-old Dalai Lama, who fled from Tibet in 1959 to India where he currently lives as a refugee.