- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Dalai Lama says he is open to the idea of a female successor as long as she’s “very, very attractive.”

The highest-ranking Tibetan Buddhist made the questionable comment during a BBC interview published Monday.

Journalist Clive Myrie asked if there’s a possibility a woman could be a 15th incarnation of the Dalai Lama.

“Yes!” he replied enthusiastically. “The female biologically [has] more potential to show affection … and compassion.”

The Dalai Lama said a reporter in Paris had asked him the same question years ago.

“In today’s world, a lot of trouble, a troubled world — I think females should take more important roles, and then I told that reporter, if a female Dalai Lama comes, their face should be very, very attractive,” the self-described feminist said.

“So you can only have a female Dalai Lama if they’re attractive? Is that what you’re saying?” Mr. Myrie asked.

“I mean, if female Dalai Lama come, then that female must be very attractive, otherwise not much use,” the Dalai Lama responded.

“You’re joking, I’m assuming,” Mr. Myrie said nervously. “Or you’re not joking?”

“No. True!” the Dalai Lama exclaimed.

He then joked that his own success is largely due to his attractiveness.

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