Her Holiness: Is the Time Right for a Female Dalai Lama?

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Her Holiness: Is the Time Right for a Female Dalai Lama?
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Tue, 11-02-2010 - 1:18pm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/april-l-bogle/is-the-time-right-for-a-s_b_773413.html

Time Right for a Female Dalai Lama?

But what if the next Dalai Lama is a woman? Would she, or even could she, offer the world the same grounding wisdom? Inspire compassion within people of all cultures? Properly navigate Tibet's troublesome relationship with the Chinese government?



Blessings,

Gypsy

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Blessings,

Gypsy

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The Dalai Lama isn't an elected position, the successor is determined to be the reincarnation of the current Dalai Lama, as Buddhists believe that the individual incarnates almost immediately, I believe that it certainly is within a 30 day time period. There are a number of tests to determine where the Dalai Lama has reincarnated, for example, does a child react positively to the possessions of the previous individual.

Should the Dalai Lama soul choose to cross genders and incarnate as a woman then I would imagine that there would be no reason why there couldn't be a female Dalai Lama. The decision as to gender for the reincarnation is made on the other side of the Veil, though, and probably for reasons other than political correctness.

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I think it would be awesome to have a woman Dalai Lama. I think, in general, women are more of the peace makers than men are. Not all, of course, they can be more ummm... volatile at times too. But, I'm sure a good choice for a Dalai Lama would consider all aspects of the person. Not just their gender.