Dalai Lama: I Could See A Female Successor, But She ‘Must Be Very Attractive’

The Dalai Lama said in an interview with BBC News Monday that he could imagine a female successor, but she “must be very attractive.”

BBC host Clive Myrie asked the Dalai Lama whether his successor could be a woman.

“Yes,” the Dalai Lama replied. “One occasion in Paris, one woman’s magazine reporter come to see me, I think more than 15 years ago. She asks me, ‘Any possibility of a female Dalai Lama?’ I mention, ‘why not?’ The female biologically more potential to show affection.”

“And compassion,” Myrie interjected.

“And compassion, yes, compassion,” the Dalai Lama said, noting that in the “troubled world” females should “take more important roles.”

“I told that reporter, if female Dalai Lama come, the face must be very, very — should be very attractive.”

Myrie laughed at his response and asked him to clarify.

“If female Dalai Lama come, then that female must be attractive,” he replied. “Otherwise not much use.”

Myrie laughed at his response.

“You’re joking, I’m assuming?” Myrie asked.

“No, I meant it, true,” the Dalai Lama said.

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h/t: Mediaite

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