The Dalai Lama Declares Himself a Feminist

by March 3, 2012
filed under Activism

This is a few years old, but I came across it yesterday on Huffington Post, written by Tamara Conniff.

Dali Lama Feminist“The Dalai Lama smiled mischievously and said, “I call myself a feminist. Isn’t that what you call someone who fights for women’s rights?” The comment was made during his International Freedom Award acceptance speech, which was presented to him by the National Civil Rights Museum.

His Holiness’ message is always one of compassion, harmony, warm-heartedness, inner peace and civil rights. During the awards ceremony, which took place in the Peabody Hotel ballroom, he said women are by nature more compassionate because of their biology and ability to nurture and birth children. He therefore called on all women to lead and create a more compassionate world, citing the good works of nurses and mothers. Interestingly enough, there are feminist groups who would claim this kind of biological stance has led to discrimination against women in the workplace.

The Dalai Lama went on to add with his infamous sense of humor that “some feminists have too much emotion, that I don’t like.” Again, there are some feminist groups that would certainly agree with him on that point as well.”

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