In today's SEXISM IS REAL, EVERYWHERE news: The Dalai Lama. BBC interviewed the Dalai Lama Monday and inquired about the possibility of a female Dalai Lama. Hey, why not? Amirite? Third wave feminism and all that.
Women are spiritual. Women are compassionate. Women are wise. And isn't compassion what Buddhism is all about? The answer is yes. Yes, Buddhism is, in fact, all about compassion.
I know you're anxiously awaiting his response.
So was I.
"If female Dalai Lama come, then that female must be attractive," he replied. "Otherwise not much use."
No, he actually said that.
Ok now, the Dalai Lama has been known for his sense of humor. Such a joker, that one.
NOPE. NOT JOKING. HE SAID HE WAS NOT JOKING.
What does that even mean?
I identify as what I refer to as "Buddhist Lite". I try to live by the philosophy, but I don't have an altar or anything. I do generally endorse anything the Dalai Lama says, because, hello, he is basically the King of Compassion.
He's old, 80 years (and the longest living Dalai Lama), so maybe he just doesn't know that women can vote and be smart and stuff. Or maybe he's just sexist like most of the rest of the world.
That sound you hear? It's my faith in humanity shutting the door behind it.