The Dalai Lama is the chief spiritual figure for the Buddhists of Tibet and one of the best-liked leaders in the world, mainly because he’s a do-gooder who actually doesn’t have to do practical and necessary things that make some people mad.

Tibet has been under Chinese management a long time, and the current Dalai Lama (the 14th of the line dating to the 1400s) must live in exile across the state line in India.

He’s popular on U.S. campuses and had been booked to speak at Smith College, an all-women school in Northampton, Mass. [Note: It was announced Sept. 25 that all U.S. appearances for October have been canceled for health reasons.]

In the meantime, the social media butterflies are atwitter because of what he told an interviewer from the BBC when asked about the possibility of a female Dalai Lama.

His reply, relayed by The Huffington Post: “Yes, the female biologically [has] more potential to show affection … and compassion.”

He went on: “Today in a more troubled world, I think females should take more important roles … if a female Dalai Lama comes, their face should be very attractive.”

The reporter tried to let him off the hook, but he doubled down as only an 80-year-old Dalai Lama can: “I mean if female Dalai Lama come, then that female must be very attractive, otherwise not much use.”

He got a third chance to say he was joking and replied, “No, true.”

So on behalf of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, let me close with one of his famous quotes, courtesy of the BrainyQuote website. It’s something chronically offended feminists could take to heart:

“Disagreement is something normal.”