His Holiness the Dalai Lama reckons Her Holiness would be much more effective

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The always cheeky His Holiness the Dalai Lama with leaders of various faith groups in Brisbane on June 11. (Facebook / Photo by Rusty Stewart)

19 June 2015 8:35 PM AEST: The Dalai Lama has reiterated his support for a female Dalai Lama during a recent interview with an Australian journalist. In fact, he went a step further when he observed that a female Dalai Lama would be much more effective.

“A female Dalai Lama could be more useful in order to serve Buddha Dalai Lama. I think even according to scientific research, females have more sensitivity and concern about others,” he is quoted as saying in a story published by The Australian Women’s Weekly.

The 79 year old Buddhist guru reminisced that a journalist from a French women’s magazine first asked him about the possibility of a female reincarnation ‘twenty or thirty years ago’ to which he said he answered, “I immediately say, why not because firstly, there are already high female reincarnations among Tibetan lamas.” (sic)

He expressed that the purpose of the ‘reincarnation lineage is to serve people through the Dharma, and if the circumstances are such that a female form is more useful, then why not?”

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Abandoned former quarters of the Dalai Lama at his Potala Palace. The empty vestment placed on the throne symbolises his absence. Photo: Wikipedia

The supreme spiritual leader of Buddhism remarked that if there was a need for the next Dalai Lama (the fifteenth) to be recognised, no one but the officers of the Dalai Lama’s Gaden Phodrang Trust can do so. It is noteworthy that Chinese officials in the past have said that only Chinese government has the power to decide whether or not the lineage of the Dalai Lama should be continued or who can be recognised as the next reincarnation, something Tibetans naturally do not agree.

“Bear in mind that, apart from the reincarnation recognized through such legitimate methods, no recognition or acceptance should be given to a candidate chosen for political ends by anyone, including those in the People’s Republic of China,” he said in the humour-filled interview with Liz Deep-Jones.

The journalist mentions in the report that she was asked by one of his minders not to mention the subject of a female reincarnation of His Holiness indicating that he might not like it because it was mere ‘sensationalism’. But Ms Deep Jones did just and His Holiness seemed to enjoy the subject as much the interviewer did, a sign just how dynamic the modern day Dalai Lama can be.

The incumbent His Holiness was recognised as the 14th Dalai Lama at the age of 4 in 1939. At age 15, he fled Tibet following the Chinese invasion of Tibet. He crossed into India on 30 March 1959, through the state of Arunachal Pradesh. India welcomed the spiritual leader leading to the formation of his Government of Tibet in Exile in Dharamshala, often referred to as “Little Lhasa”.

His Holiness, who celebrates his 80th birthday on July 6, indicated he very much hopes to achieve autonomy for the Tibetan people one day.

 

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