During an interview with BBC’s Clive Myrie, the Dalai Lama said that a woman could very well be his successor and he would support her, under very specific circumstances.
“The female has, biologically, more potential to show affection ... compassion,” he said.
The 80-year-old spiritual leader said he believes that because of that inherent ability, females should take a more important role.
He then recounted being asked a similar question several years ago by a female reporter and he said to her that if a woman was to be the next Dalai Lama “her face should be very attractive, otherwise not much use.”
Myrie laughed, assuming the Tibetan Buddhist was joking and when he asked to confirm, the Dalai Lama said he wasn’t kidding.
Despite being a self-proclaimed feminist, the Dalai Lama's comment that a woman wouldn't be of much use if she wasn't physically attractive proves that not even a renowned spiritual figure is completely immune to misogyny.
Check out a portion of Myrie's interview with the "religious rock star" below, the conversation about a female successor begins around 4:50.