The Dalai Lama Apologizes for Controversial Video
The Dalai Lama, one of the world’s most revered spiritual leaders, has apologized after a video of him kissing a child and asking him to “suck his tongue” went viral and sparked outrage on social media. The incident occurred at an event in northern India in February, and the video was shared widely on social media, attracting widespread criticism.
In a statement issued on Monday, April 10, the office of the Dalai Lama apologized for the spiritual leader’s actions, saying he “wishes to apologize to the boy and his family, as well as his many friends across the world, for the hurt his words may have caused,” adding he “regrets” the incident.
The statement also explained that the Dalai Lama often teases people in an innocent and playful way, even in public and before cameras. However, the incident has sparked criticism and raised questions about appropriate behavior in interactions with children, especially those involving people in positions of power and influence.
The video shows a young boy approaching the Dalai Lama and asking if he can give him a hug. The Dalai Lama agrees and then asks the boy to kiss him on the cheek. He then kisses the boy on the lips, and tells him to “suck my tongue,” while poking out his tongue.
The incident has led to a debate about appropriate behavior when interacting with children, especially those involving people in positions of power and influence. Many people expressed their outrage on social media, with some accusing the Dalai Lama of inappropriate behavior, while others defended him, saying that it was simply a cultural misunderstanding.
The incident serves as a reminder of the need for greater sensitivity and awareness when interacting with children, especially in public and before cameras. It is important for adults to be mindful of their words and actions when interacting with children, and to ensure that they do not unintentionally cross boundaries or make children uncomfortable.
The Dalai Lama’s apology is a step in the right direction and highlights the need for greater awareness and sensitivity when interacting with children. It is hoped that this incident will serve as a wake-up call for all adults to be more mindful of their words and actions when interacting with children, and to ensure that they always act in the best interests of the child.