Admiring & Admonishing the Dalai Lamaa

Admiring & Admonishing the Dalai Lamaa
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After the Dalai Lama's recent interview with the BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan, his various pronouncements about Brexit, Trump, the migrant crisis in Europe, relations with China, etc. made the rounds on media and social media. One exchange that caused much anguish and ire was his comment — which some have seen as a joke — about how the next Dalai Lama, should they be a woman, must be physically attractive.

The indignation was instant. Many perceived and called out overt sexism in that remark, and proceeded to "cancel" His Holiness. Others expressed disappointment: if a celibate and renowned monk could say such a thing, and in front of a female journalist, then what are we to expect from regular men?

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