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Dalai Lama says his successor could be a woman
Last updated 07:55pm (Mla time) 12/06/2007
MILAN -- Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Thursday suggested that his successor could be a woman. "If a woman reveals herself as more useful the lama could very well be reincarnated in this form," the 14th Dalai Lama told reporters in Milan, where he arrived for a private visit on Wednesday. The 72-year-old Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile since 1959, said last week that his successor could be chosen outside of Tibet if he were to die abroad. He also mooted the possibility of choosing the 15th Dalai Lama himself. According to centuries of tradition, high-ranking monks in Tibet choose the Dalai Lama's reincarnation after the death of the incumbent.
Granted, the use of the words "this form" make it sound like the next Lama could very well be plankton, but hey, it's a start.