The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, has issued an apology after a video showing him allegedly kissing a young boy on the lips went viral on social media platforms. The video clip shows a recent meeting where a young boy asked the Dalai Lama if he could give him a hug, to which the spiritual leader reportedly obliged and kissed the boy on the lips.
In response to the controversy, the office of the Dalai Lama released a statement to the media on Monday, expressing regret for any harm caused. The statement read: “His Holiness 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. He regrets the incident.”
The incident has sparked debate on social media, with many questioning the appropriateness of the Dalai Lama’s actions. Some have defended the spiritual leader, arguing that the kiss was an innocent gesture and that he had no intention of causing harm.
However, others have criticized the Dalai Lama, pointing out that his actions could be seen as inappropriate, particularly in light of the current #MeToo movement and the need for greater awareness of boundaries and consent.
Dalai Lama’s apology highlights the need for greater awareness of the importance of boundaries, particularly in situations where there is a power dynamic at play. Individuals need to respect one another’s personal space and ensure that their actions are appropriate and do not cause harm or discomfort to others.