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Dalai Lama: "Females have more sensitivity about others' well-being...My father angered easily, my mother showed love & compassion." 

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, pictured in College Park, Maryland, on May 7, 2013 (AFP/File, Nicholas Kamm)

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Next Dalai Lama could be a woman

13 Jun 2013
AFP News agency

The Dalai Lama waded into Australia's bitter gender war on Thursday, saying his successor as the spiritual leader of the Tibetans could be a woman.

"If the circumstances are such that a female Dalai Lama is more useful, then automatically a female Dalai Lama will come," he told a press conference in Sydney to launch a 10-day tour of Australia.

The exiled 77-year-old was questioned about the gender conflict reignited by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard this week. He replied that the world faces a "moral crisis" of inequality and suffering and needs leaders with compassion.

"In that respect, biologically, females have more potential," the Dalai Lama said. "Females have more sensitivity about others' well-being." 

In my own case, my father, very short temper. On a few occasions I also got some beatings. But my mother was so wonderfully compassionate

Labor leader Gillard claimed on Tuesday that the conservatives would marginalise women and set back abortion laws if they win national elections in September.

On Wednesday she accused opposition leader Tony Abbott of a pattern of misogynist behaviour, sparking angry recriminations. 

The Dalai Lama, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize who fled the Chinese rule over Tibet in 1959 for the safety of India, is due to speak in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Darwin.

(Source: Bangkok Post, BUDDHISM, Next Dalai Lama could be a woman, 13 Jun 2013, AFP News agency, link


Dalai Lama Vocabulary

Tibet -  ธิเบต (See Wikipedia)
Tibetan Buddhism - the type of Buddhism practiced in the mountainous region of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan (See Wikipedia)

Dalai Lama - the head monk of one lineage of Tibetan Buddhism (Gelugpa lineage) (See Wikipedia)
the next Dalai Lama could be a woman

the 14th Dalai Lama - the famous current Dalai Lama, winner of the Noble Peace Prize and known around the world for his spiritual teachings (See Wikipedia)

conflict
- an angry disagreement between people or groups ความขัดแย้ง  ความไม่ลงรอยกัน
gender conflict - a situation where many men and women disagree about an issue and fight about it

gender - sex, the fact of being either male or female เพศ (See Wikipedia)
war - Same as "conflict"
gender war -
Same as "gender conflict"

bitter
- involving very angry feelings ความขมขื่น
Australia's bitter gender war

spiritual - เกี่ยวกับจิตใจ, เกี่ยวกับจิตวิญญาณ, เกี่ยวกับศาสนา,  เกี่ยวกับสิ่งศักดิ์สิทธิ์
leader -
a person who guides, manages and is head of a group of people
spiritual leader

successor - someone who has an important position after someone else ผู้สืบทอดตำแหน่ง
his successor as the spiritual leader of the Tibetans

waded into - 1. enter slowly and carefully; 2.walk into or through the water slowly 

The Dalai Lama waded into Australia's bitter gender war on Thursday, saying his successor as the spiritual leader of the Tibetans could be a woman.

circumstances
- situation, conditions in which we live

female - of a woman สำหรับผู้หญิง
a female Dalai Lama

automatically - will happen without anyone doing anything special (to make it happen) โดยอัตโนมัติ
automatically a female Dalai Lama will come

tour
- a trip to many places การท่องเที่ยวไปชมสถานที่ต่างๆ
10-day tour of Australia

launch - to start something เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มต้น, เริ่มทำ an event to celebrate or introduce something new การเริ่มปฏิบัติการ, การออกตัวของสินค้า
launch a 10-day tour of Australia

press - the news, newspapers and magazines, television and radio which broadcast news สื่อมวลชน
press conference - a meeting to give newspapers and TV important information
press conference to launch a 10-day tour of Australia

"If the circumstances are such that a female Dalai Lama is more useful, then automatically a female Dalai Lama will come," he told a press conference in Sydney to launch a 10-day tour of Australia.

exiled - living in another country (because they can't live in their own country for political reasons) 
questioned

reignited - started again suddenly (like a bomb exploding)
gender conflict reignited

the gender conflict reignited by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard this week.

moral - about what is right and wrong, about how people should behave
crisis - an urgent, difficult or dangerous situation วิกฤตการณ์  วิกฤต
moral crisis

inequality
suffering - physical or mental pain or problems ความทุกข์ทรมาน
the world faces a "moral crisis" of inequality and suffering

compassion - a strong feeling of sympathy and sadness for the suffering or bad luck of others and a wish to help them ความเห็นใจ, ความรู้สึกเศร้าใจไปกับความทุกข์ของผู้อื่น
leaders with compassion

the world needs leaders with compassion

The exiled 77-year-old was questioned about the gender conflict reignited by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard this week. He replied that the world faces a "moral crisis" of inequality and suffering and needs leaders with compassion.

In that respect, ... - in that way ...
potential - the possibility that something might happen; the possibility of success ที่มีศักยภาพ ที่เป็นไปได้
in that respect, have more potential

biologically - because women give birth to children, breastfeed them and look after them (their anatomy and physiology is different from men)
biologically, females have more potential

sensitivity - people very concerned about this issue and get angry easily (so issue must be dealt with carefully)
well-being - a person's happiness, welfare, prosperity สวัสดิภาพ,  สภาพความเป็นอยู่ที่ดี, สภาพที่ดี
sensitivity about others' well-being

Females have more sensitivity about others' well-being.

"In that respect, biologically, females have more potential," the Dalai Lama said. "Females have more sensitivity about others' well-being." 

short temper - becomes angry quickly
beatings - being hit by someone many times (to hurt you)

compassionate - having feeling for those in bad situations and trying to help them ที่รู้สึกเห็นใจ, ที่รู้สึกเศร้าใจไปกับความทุกข์ของผู้อื่น
wonderfully compassionate

In my own case, my father, very short temper. On a few occasions I also got some beatings. But my mother was so wonderfully compassionate

national - a citizen of a particular country ประชาชน

marginalise - make something or someone to be not important ทำให้ไม่มีความสำคัญ
marginalise women

conservatives - people who have a way of thinking that is old, traditional and cautious คนที่มีแนวคิดอนุรักษ์นิยม
conservatives would marginalise women

abortion - when the baby is removed from the mother before she gives birth to it (ending the pregnancy)  
abortion laws

set back -
make something go backwards and become worse (lose advances and progress already made)
set back abortion laws

election - การเลือกตั้ง
national elections
win national elections

claim - to say something without proving it yet

Labor leader Gillard claimed on Tuesday that the conservatives would marginalise women and set back abortion laws if they win national elections in September. 

opposition - of a political party that is not part of the government or a group which is against the government ฝ่ายค้าน ผู้ต่อต้าน
opposition leader

misogynist
- a woman hater
misogynist behaviour

pattern - a series of actions or events that together show how things normally happen or are done
a pattern of misogynist behaviour

accuse - to say that someone has done something wrong
accused him of a pattern of misogynist behaviour

sparking -
starting suddenly (like "spark" starts a fire)
sparking angry recriminations - suddenly start saying bad things about each other

accused him of a pattern of misogynist behaviour, sparking angry recriminations

On Wednesday she accused opposition leader Tony Abbott of a pattern of misogynist behaviour, sparking angry recriminations. 

Chinese rule over Tibet - China having political control over Tibet

The Dalai Lama, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize who fled the Chinese rule over Tibet in 1959 for the safety of India, is due to speak in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Darwin.

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