Dalai Lama says a female successor is possible, but only if she is 'very attractive'

Dalai Lama says a female successor is possible, but only if she is 'very attractive'

The Dalai Lama has discussed what he would be looking for in a female successor. 

The announcement came during an interview with the BBC, when the spiritual leader was asked if the next Dalai Lama could be female.

“Why not?” the religious leader asked. “A female has more potential of showing affection and compassion.“

He continued to say that if there would be a female Dalai Lama “her face must be very, very attractive.

“If a female Dalai Lama would come, then she must be attractive. Otherwise she is not much use.”

The reporter probed the Dalai Lama if a potential female leader really had to be good-looking and if the religious leader was joking.

“It is true,” the Dalai Lama answered.

The exiled Tibetan leader has previously described himself as a feminist. When he accepted the International Freedom Award in 2009, he said: “Isn’t that what you call someone who fights for women’s rights?”

The Dalai Lama is in London for nine days to promote compassion and how being considerate can make people happier.

In 2014, the religious leader was ranked as the 13th most admired leader in the world according to a YouGov survey.

Comments (12)

  • SK
    Thu, 15 Oct 2015 9:29pm BST
    I'm disappointed and shocked. I think the Dalai Lama is getting his job description mixed up with that of Miss World...he needs enlightening.
  • June
    Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:55am BST
    Attractivness comes in many guises, how often have you seen a so called "beautiful looking" person but find them totally unattractive! If a person has a spiritual connection then what they exude (thru the face, as this is what we see) is totally attractive to everyone.
  • Burton
    Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:37am BST
    I believe the religion considers the Dalai Lamas to be reincarnations of the same person/deity, so when you ask him whether the 'successor' could be female, you're asking if he'd come back in his next lift as a woman, is that sense, is it so bad to want to come back as an attractive woman?
  • Romina
    Sun, 27 Sep 2015 4:00pm BST
    It depends on the meaning that you decide to give to the word 'attractive'...
  • Berni
    Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:53pm BST
    I agree this is really disappointing. As much as I would like to agree with Stephanies's view, I don't believe this is what he referred to.

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