Hmmm. I once created an uproar at a gathering of Tibetan Buddhist monks, when one of their young American acolytes asked me if I was a Buddhist. “No,” I replied, “I’m a Buddha.” All hell broke loose at that point, and a woman angrily shouted: “I don’t believe you. No woman can be a Buddha.” My response: “That is why I have taken this form, to dispel your prejudices.” 🙂
“Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama said…there is no gender bias in Buddhism and nothing prevents a woman from becoming his successor.”
The Dalai Lama also stated that any possible female successor needs to be a hottie! Who can blame him?
But I wonder if he’d be cool with an ugly man? If so, would the double standard not reek of…sexism?
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama said in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul district on Friday, there is no gender bias in Buddhism and nothing prevents a woman from becoming his successor.
“So the purpose of the incarnation is to serve people about dharma (faith). If the circumstances are such, female form is more useful, then why not,” said Dalai Lama.
He also added that that the female Dalai Lama should be attractive.
“And I also mentioned in case Dalai Lama’s incarnation one female comes then must be very attractive female. So the very reason, you see more influence to others, an ugly female then may not much effective,” added Dalai Lama….