Dalai Lama: it should end with me

the Dalai Lama

THE Dalai Lama says he wants to be the last to hold the job, and that the nearly 500-year-old tradition of a Dalai Lama heading up Tibetan Buddhism should end on a high note.

The Dalai Lama. 79. has in the past said that the institution has “served its purpose” but was far more explicit to a German newspaper this week:

“We had a Dalai Lama for almost five centuries. The 14th Dalai Lama now is very popular. Let us then finish with a popular Dalai Lama . . . Tibetan Buddhism is not dependent on one individual. We have a very good organizational structure with highly trained monks and scholars.”

If he is succeeded by a 15th Dalai Lama, after all, the Dalai Lama said that he would not be opposed to a woman successor — and even thought it could be the better option for Tibet.

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2 thoughts on “Dalai Lama: it should end with me

  1. Is he trying to get the Chinese government on-side? They know he has a big influence on their own Buddhists, and if there is no Dalai Lama they could be in trouble. They want one, but one they can manipulate, perhaps.

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