A WRINKLE IN THE EIGHTFOLD PATH

Dear Mrs. Crabby,

The Dalai Lama recently released this statement:

“If the circumstances are such that a female Dalai Lama is more useful, then automatically a female Dalai Lama will come.”

I am confused about this. These guys have been around since the 1300’s. They’ve always been men. Now after more than 700 years it’s okey dokey for a girl to be Dalai Lama?

What happened?

Signed,

Troubled by Tibet

 

 

Dear TBT,

This is a very good question. Biology has not changed. Traditions have not changed. But obviously something has changed. Or not. Because that’s the Buddhist way.

Maybe it’s an opportunity to bring more levity into the world with the obvious “Hello Dalai” jokes. Especially if the choice looks like Dolly Parton.

Maybe it has always been this way and no woman has ever been qualified for the high position of Dalai Lama.

Or maybe a woman was a potential candidate in the past and ran for the hills screaming “no effing way!!!” because how many women do you know want to spend their days with a shaved head, wearing an orange sheet?

You and I will just never know.

 

Meanwhile, we should just eat the strawberry.

IB Crabby

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