Next Dalai Lama Could be Woman - Tibetan Leader
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has not ruled out the possibility of being succeeded by a woman.
"If the circumstances are such that a female Dalai Lama is more useful, then automatically a female Dalai Lama will come," he told a press conference in Sydney to launch a 10-day tour of Australia.
Asked about the gender conflict reignited by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard this week, the 77-year-old replied that the world faces a "moral crisis" of inequality and suffering and needs leaders with compassion.
"In that respect, biologically, females have more potential," the Dalai Lama said. "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 Dalai Lama, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize who fled the Chinese rule over Tibet in 1959 for the safety of India, is due to speak in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Darwin.