Dalai Lama says female successor must ‘be attractive’

The Dalai Lama is open to a female successor

Friday, June 28, 2019

The Dalai Lama has insisted that any female successor of his must be "attractive" to perform well in the role.

He said that a female Buddhist leader would not be "much use" unless she was good-looking, echoing similar remarks he made in 2015.

"If female Dalai Lama comes, she should be more attractive, otherwise not much use," he told the BBC.

He then screwed up his face and said: “Then people I think prefer not see that face”.

The spiritual leader also suggested a female Dalai Lama would seek to have a make-up budget.

And when questioned whether such opinions were objectifying women, he said that appearance was "important".

“Real beauty is inner beauty. But we’re human beings. I think the appearance [is] also important,” he said.

His comments have caused a stir online, with one Twitter user writing: "Nothing like a touch of spiritual sexism to kickstart the day."

The Dalai Lama has also weighed into the European immigration debate during the wide-ranging interview.

Last year he said refugees to the European Union should ultimately return home, as “Europe is for Europeans”.

Following this up, he said: "European countries should take these refugees and give them education and training, and the aim is return to their own land with certain skills.”

“A limited number is OK, but the whole of Europe [will] eventually become [a] Muslim country, African country – impossible.”

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