The Dalai Lama says that he has long been aware of stories about sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers. “I already knew these things. Nothing new”, he replied to the question from the NOS about what he learned from his conversation with four victims of yesterday. Follow-up questions and other questions about the subject could not be asked at a short press conference in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.

“I already knew things. Nothing new.” How many people have been raped since then, Dalai Lama?

On her way to work one morning
Down the path along side the lake
A tender hearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
“Oh well,” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you”

“Take me in oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

Dalai Lama 1979 UC Santa Cruz

 

She wrapped him up all cozy in a curvature of silk
And then laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk
Now she hurried home from work that night as soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she’d taking in had been revived

“Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

 

Now she clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful,” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died”
Now she stroked his pretty skin and then she kissed and held him tight
But instead of saying thanks, that snake gave her a vicious bite

“Take me in oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

“I saved you,” cried that woman
“And you’ve bit me even, why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die”

“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin. “You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.”

Nothing new. I already knew…

 

“Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

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