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The Dalai Lama institution may end with the 14th Dalai Lama, who is holding the title currently.
During an interview with the BBC, the Tibetan spiritual leader has revealed that ending the centuries old tradition with him is better than handing over the title to a stupid successor.
“Whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not is up to the Tibetan people,” he told Yalda Hakim, a presenter and correspondent of the BBC. “There’s no guarantee some stupid Dalai Lama won’t come next, who will disgrace himself or herself. That would be very sad. So, much better that a centuries-old tradition should cease at the time of a quite popular Dalai Lama.”
The interview was given when he arrived in Rome to attend the 14th World Summit of Nobel Laureates.
The Dalai Lama institution started with Gendun Drup, who was born in 1391. The current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, aged 79, has held the title since 1950. He received the title when he was just 15 years old, and is the longest serving leader. He was honored with Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He fled to India following a Tibetan uprising in 1959 and has since been in exile in the country.