Dalai Lama apologised for his comment on women

Vastavam web: The Dalai Lama Tuesday apologised for his comment on women in a recent BBC interview, with his office here saying that the Tibetan spiritual leader has always opposed their objectification. Responding to a question on whether his reincarnation could be a woman, the Nobel Peace Prize winner had joked that she should be attractive.

His Holiness genuinely meant no offence. He is deeply sorry that people have been hurt by what he said and offers his sincere apologies, a statement issued by the Dalai Lama’s office here said. In the same interview the Dalai Lama’s views on the refugee crisis in Europe may have been misinterpreted , his office said. The Tibetan leader in exile had said that Europe should let only a limited number of refugees to stay, and aim at returning them to their own land.

It said the Dalai Lama has throughout his life opposed the objectification of women, supported their rights and celebrated the growing international consensus on gender equality. Under his leadership, Tibetan nuns in exile have earned Geshe-ma degrees, indicating a high level of scholarship previously reserved only for male monks, it said.

On the refugee crisis in Europe, the statement said many who leave their countries may not wish or be able to return. However, the Dalai Lama also understands the uncertainties and difficulties of those in countries where the migrants make their new homes, it added. It quoted the spiritual leader’s earlier remarks on refugees.