The exiled Tibetan leader's next earthly life is a contentious political issue for China.
The spiritual leader said in a BBC interview that a female dalai lama would have to be "very, very attractive" or be "not much use."
In a remembrance published earlier this week, the Rev. Madison Shockley recalled Rabbi Leonard Beerman, who will be buried today, as a great light for justice and peace.
Beijing is wiping out indigenous culture on the Tibetan Plateau. In protest, 98 people have set themselves on fire since 2009.
A Los Angeles Times piece suggests Tibet's spiritual leader supports the American action against Osama bin Laden, surprising some followers and causing others to seek clarification of the Dalai Lama's comments.
Tibet's exiled leader announced that after half a century of floating the idea, he is ready to hand over his political power to an elected official. The 14th Dalai Lama has led his government in exile since the Tibetan uprising of 1959 was put down, forcing him to flee the country.