Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama meets fans in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 14 September 2018Image copyright

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A petition by victims to the Dalai Lama gained over 1,000 signatures

The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama can be to meet victims of alleged sexual abuse inside Netherlands.

The group requested the meeting to discuss abuse reportedly carried out by former or current Buddhist teachers in several countries.

“We found refuge in Buddhism with an open mind in addition to heart, until we were violated in its name,” they wrote.

A spokesperson said the Dalai Lama was “saddened” to hear about the abuse in addition to “constantly condemned” such behaviour.

The victims will present their written testimonies during the meeting on Friday. The Dalai Lama can be currently on a European tour.

Dalai Lama to meet alleged Dutch abuse victims