Dalai Lama apologizes after controversial video goes viral
The Dalai Lama has issued an apology after a video surfaced online in which he asks a boy to “suck my tongue.” The video, which was filmed during a visit to Europe several years ago, sparked outrage among some viewers who accused the spiritual leader of inappropriate behavior.
In a statement released on Monday, the Dalai Lama acknowledged that his words may have been taken out of context and caused offense. “I deeply regret any pain or embarrassment I may have caused,” he said. “I always try to engage with people in a playful and innocent way, but I understand that my actions were not appropriate in this case.”
The controversy kicked off after the video began circulating on social media last week. In the clip, the Dalai Lama can be seen leaning over to speak to the boy before making the provocative comment.
While some defended the Dalai Lama, saying that he was likely trying to make the boy laugh, others argued that the remark was highly inappropriate and crossed a line.
The Dalai Lama, who is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, has long been regarded as a symbol of peace and compassion around the world. However, the latest controversy has put a dent in his reputation and raised questions about his behavior.
Many people took to Twitter to express their outrage, with one user writing: “It’s disheartening to see such an esteemed figure behave in this way. He should know better.”
Others, however, came to the Dalai Lama’s defense, arguing that he is only human and prone to making mistakes. “We need to forgive and move on,” said one supporter.
Regardless of the fallout, the Dalai Lama is well known for his humility and willingness to admit when he is wrong. In his statement, he promised to do better in the future.
“I will make it my priority to learn from this experience and ensure that I conduct myself in a more appropriate manner going forward,” he said. “I hope that others will also learn from my mistakes and join me in striving for greater understanding and compassion.”