The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, apologized on Sunday for comments he made in 2015 about a video showing him playfully patting a young boy on the head and then kissing him on the cheek. In an interview with the BBC, the Dalai Lama said he was sorry for any hurt or inconvenience caused by his behavior and insisted that he had no intention of causing harm. The video, which was filmed during a visit to the Netherlands, sparked controversy at the time and led to accusations of sexual misconduct against the Dalai Lama.
In his apology, the Dalai Lama emphasized his commitment to promoting the equality of women and the need to address the issue of sexual harassment and abuse. He acknowledged that his actions in the video had caused offense and said that he had learned from the experience. The Dalai Lama’s apology comes as the #MeToo movement continues to gather momentum in India, where a number of high-profile cases of sexual harassment and abuse have recently come to light.
The Dalai Lama is highly respected by many people around the world for his teachings on compassion and nonviolence. His apology demonstrates his willingness to acknowledge his mistakes and to learn from them. It also sends a powerful message to his followers and to the wider community about the importance of treating all people with respect and dignity, regardless of their age, gender, or status.