The Dalai Lama said in a BBC interview Tuesday that if a woman succeeds him, she should be easy on the eye.

"That female must be attractive, otherwise it is not much use," he told startled BBC interviewer Clive Myrie.

The Dalai Lama made the comment, which he says was not a joke, in response to Myrie’s question about whether it was possible a woman could take over for him.

He confirmed it was, mentioning a statement he made in a 2013 interview that a female Dalai Lama would have "biologically more potential to show affection and compassion."

The Dalai Lama, a self-declared feminist, made his remarks while on a nine-day visit to London, where he is promoting the concepts of compassionate and considerate behavior.

Watch the BBC interview above (comments on a female Dalai Lama around the 4:50 mark).

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