Beauty / Commentary

Want to be the first female Dalai Lama? You’ll have to be good looking.

Trust me, I never thought I’d be throwing shade at the Dalai Lama, the foremost spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, but here I am. In an interview with the BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan about important issues ranging from the current American president to global politics and the “oneness of humanity,” he also had this to say about a potential future female Dalai Lama “

“If [a] female Dalai Lama comes, then she should be more attractive,” the almost 84-year-old spiritual guru to millions told the BBC News .

He was asked by BBC reporter Rajini Vaidyanathan to expand on comments he made back in 2015, when he said that his female successor “must be attractive, otherwise it is not much use.”

“If female Dalai Lama comes, then she should be more attractive. If female Dalai Lama — ” he told Vaidyanathan, while his creased up in concentration “then people I think prefer not [to] see that face.”

Vaidyanathan asked whether he understood why his remarks might be considered offensive.

“There’s an opportunity to ask whether they spent some money for makeup,” he replied. “I think they must do something.”

Don’t believe me? Watch the clip: (You’ll have to click through her tweet since it won’t let me embed it)

This from the highly evolved man who has dedicated his life to higher pursuits and once said “True change is within; leave the outside as it is.” Let’s call a spade a spade, the Dalai Lama has never been known for his looks, nor should he be. He represents an elevated state of being. Yet even the Dalai Lama projected the male gaze onto even the highest level of spirituality and said he truly believes that for a woman to become his successor, she’ll have to be good looking. Et tu, Dalai Lama?