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Dalai Lama apologises for saying female successor should be attractive

epa07621736 Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama speaks during a one-day teaching event at the main Buddhist temple of Tsuglagkhang at McLeod Ganj near the town of Dharamsala, India, 03 June 2019. The Dalai Lama will give one day teaching on Gyalsev Thokme Sangposa's thirty seven practices of a Bodhisattva (laklen sodunma) in the morning for the youth at the main temple. EPA/SANJAY BAID

The Dalai Lama said a female reincarnation would need to be attractive (Picture: EPA)

The Dalai Lama has apologised for saying that any future female successor would need to be more attractive.

During an interview last month, the Tibetan spiritual leader, 83, also stated that a female Dalai Lama would be not much use if she was unattractive.

His office have now issued a statement, claiming his words were a misunderstood joke.

The statement said he was referring to his own reincarnation and genuinely meant no offence.

It read: He is deeply sorry that people have been hurt by what he said and offers his sincere apologies.

epa07621732 Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama (C-L) arrives for a one-day teaching event at the main Buddhist temple of Tsuglagkhang at McLeod Ganj near the town of Dharamsala, India, 03 June 2019. The Dalai Lama will give one day teaching on Gyalsev Thokme Sangposa's thirty seven practices of a Bodhisattva (laklen sodunma) in the morning for the youth at the main temple. EPA/SANJAY BAID

His office have now apologised for the remarks (Picture: EPA)

Continuing on, it said: His Holiness, a monk now in his mid-eighties, has a keen sense of the contradictions between the materialistic, globalised world he encounters on his travels and the complex, more esoteric ideas about reincarnation that are at the heart of Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

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However, it sometimes happens that off the cuff remarks, which might be amusing in one cultural context, lose their humour in translation when brought into another.

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He regrets any offence that may have been given.

The statement added that the Dalai Lama had long opposed the objectification of women and supported gender equality.

It also claimed his original remarks were made in conversation with the then Paris editor of Vogue magazine, illustrating how they were intended as a joke.

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His comments have sparked a series of jokes online (Picture: Getty Images)

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