The Tibetan spiritual leader during the speech at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai on Friday replied ‘Yes’ to a question whether the future Dalai Lama could be a woman according to the official website of Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama made a three day visit to Mumbai where on Friday, he graced the Tech Fest of the reputed professional institute a speaker for their lecture series during the fest. The Tibetan spiritual leader replied a spontaneous ‘yes’ when asked by an audience whether the future Dalai Lama could be a woman.
“Challenged to say whether a future Dalai Lama could be a woman he answered “Yes,” and pointed out that the Buddha had given his followers, women and men, equal opportunity in terms of ordination.” reported the news article in the official website of his office.
“Although many people today seek peace, killing and violence are still taking place. People are even being killed in the name of religion—unthinkable. This is an example of our problems being of our own making. Young children don’t care about nationality, faith or caste. Because these ideas prompt us to think in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them’, they are divisive. They lead to violence, bullying and exploitation, and worst of all killing. The remedy is to look deeper and recognise that we human beings are physically, mentally and emotionally the same. We all have the potential to develop compassion.” reported His Holiness as speaking at the IIT in Mumbai.