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The Dalai Lama Wants His Successor To Be A Lady

It’s hard not to like the Dalai Lama, especially since he’s a card-carrying feminist. According to a story on Double X, one of the Dalai Lama’s strongest memories was witnessing Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day in 1959, when 15,000 women gathered to peacefully protest China’s invasion of Tibet. The Dalai Lama fled Tibet shortly after and in his 50 years in exile has strongly supported women’s rights in a culture where women are supposed to be the “jewel of the home.” In setting up schools, the Dalai Lama made sure girls were allowed to enroll and pressed the idea that Buddhist nuns should be able to receive as rigorous religious schooling as men. When he founded an exile government in the 1960s, he gave women key positions. “Everywhere half of population is women,” he explained. “Women’s participation in building up society is very important, especially in the preservation of Tibetan culture.” Even more radical—recently the Dalai Lama said that he hopes his successor will be female. Tibetan Buddhists believe that the Dalai Lama is the 14th reincarnation of Buddha and it’s pretty out there idea to suggest that the 15th could be a girl. “Woman is more compassionate and has more power to understand and feel the needs of others as compared to man,” he explained in a press conference last year. We’re crossing our fingers, too, Mr. Lama. [Double X]

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