The Dalai Lama was recently put under fire for saying that if his successor is a female, she should be attractive.
The spiritual leader said in an interview with the BBC recently that “if a female Dalai Lama comes, she should be more attractive”.
However, His Holiness now says that his comments were taken out of context and that he is “deeply sorry” if he came as sexist.
His office issued a statement in which he said that his comments were misunderstood because the Dalai Lama genuinely meant no offense.
The Dalai Lama had made similar sentiments back in 1992 in an interview with Vogue Paris when he was asked if there could be a female Dalai Lama in the future.
He said back then that it certainly could, but if there would, she should be attractive.
The spiritual leader blames the “contradictions between the materialistic, globalized world he encounters on his travels and the complex, more esoteric ideas about reincarnation that are at the heart of Tibetan Buddhist tradition” for the misunderstanding.
His statement says that it sometimes happens that some remarks might be amusing in one cultural context, but lose their humor in translation when brought into another.
The current Dalai Lama is the reincarnation of his 13 predecessors, and he has been known as an outspoken supporter of women’s rights, which was also mentioned in his statement.
The statement stated that His Holiness has frequently suggested that if we had more women leaders, the world would be a more peaceful place.