Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, on Friday, upheld the liberal values of Buddhism as he said there could very well be a female Dalai Lama in future. While addressing the audience at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, he stated that the Buddhist tradition always advocated for equal rights to both genders. Apart from discussing the necessity of emotional hygiene to maintain good health and India's century-old traditions of mind-body synchronisation, he also recalled the time he asserted the possibility of a female Dalai Lama, over a decade ago.
"Around 15 years ago, the editor of a French magazine for ladies had come to interview me. She asked me if there could be a female Dalai Lama in future. I had said yes. If in future, the female body is more effective, then certainly yes. The Buddhist tradition is very liberal," he said. This, however, reminds us of a remark he made, way back in 2005, during an interview with BBC. Given that the Dalai Lama often preaches gender equality, the comment staggered his followers worldwide.
"That female must be attractive, otherwise it is not much use," he had said. This irked reactions which didn't please him at all. "Some feminists have too much emotion. That I don't like," he reportedly told an interviewer in 2013.