The Dalai Lama weighed in on the debate around women leadership and came out firmly on the side of the female, the Huffington Post website reports today (June 14, 2013).
Talking to reporters during a visit to Australia, the Buddhist leader was asked to weigh in on gender during a race for prime minister that has included charges of sexism.
Speaking in general terms, the Dalai Lama suggested that the crisis of suffering and inequality in the world requires a compassionate approach to leadership: "Females have more sensitivity about others' well-being. In my own case, my father, very short temper. On a few occasions I also got some beatings. But my mother was so wonderfully compassionate."
The exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader then applied the same logic to his eventual successor by reaffirming that a female Dalai Lama is a viable occurrence.