Dalai Lama's Apology After Bizarre Request Caught On Camera

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The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist leader, is under backlash after a video of him making an unusual request went viral. He can be seen kissing a little boy on the lips before telling him to "suck my tongue" in the footage. The Dalai Lama also issued a public apology.

Controversial Request Caught on Camera

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The incident occurred at the Dalai Lama's temple in Dharamshala, India, in late February.

Public Apology Issued

The statement said that the Dalai Lama wishes to apologize to the boy, his family, and his friends worldwide for the words he used.

Words Not Actions

The statement clarified that the apology is for the hurt caused by his words, not his actions.

Outrage on Social Media

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The viral video on social media made many individuals express their displeasure at the religious leader's behavior.

Dalai Lama's Innocent Teasing

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According to the Dalai Lama's office, he enjoys innocently and playfully everyone he encounters, even in public and in front of cameras.

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The Dalai Lama has been accused of "pedophilia" after reportedly asking a young boy to "suck his tongue."

Controversy Not the First Time

This isn't the first time the Dalai Lama has faced controversy. In 2019, he apologized for saying that a female Dalai Lama must be more attractive.

Dalai Lama's Provocative Comments

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The Dalai Lama faced controversy for remarks he made in 2018 about immigration, suggesting that refugees should return to their native countries, and in Indian politics, criticizing Jawaharlal Nehru and suggesting that India and Pakistan would have remained united if Muhammad Ali Jinnah had become first prime minister.

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A Traditional Greeting

According to the BBC, sticking out one's tongue is a traditional greeting in Tibet dating back more than a thousand years to the ninth century.

Longer Video Footage Shows Hug

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Longer video footage of the incident shows the boy not going through with the tongue-sucking request and the pair hugging afterward.

Some Defend the Dalai Lama

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Despite the outrage, some people have come to the defense of the Dalai Lama, arguing that the request was innocent and taken out of context.

Calls For Title to Be Stripped

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Some online have called for the Dalai Lama to be stripped of his title following the incident.

14th Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama has been the 14th spiritual leader of the Tibetan people since 1940. His motive is to spread love and peace all around the world. 

Full Political Duties Assumed at 15

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He assumed his full political duties at age 15 following the failed uprising in Tibet against the Chinese occupation in 1959.

Living in Exile in India

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The Dalai Lama has been living in exile in India since the uprising. Due to China's anti-religious laws, followers of Tibetan Buddhism experienced persecution. The oppressed group sporadically protested for years until a widespread rebellion erupted in March 1959. As Chinese forces crushed the uprising, the Dalai Lama was compelled to flee.

Contradictions Between Materialistic World and Tibetan Tradition

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Dalai Lama has a keen sense of the contradictions between the materialistic, globalized world he encounters on his travels and the more esoteric ideas about reincarnation at the heart of Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Off-The-Cuff Remarks

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The office explained that sometimes, off-the-cuff remarks, which might be amusing in one cultural context, lose their humor in translation when brought into another.

No Change in Title

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Although some have called for him to be stripped of his title, it appears that there will be no change in the status of the 14th Dalai Lama.