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.