The Dalai Lama has apologized for a video that went viral on social media showing him kissing a minor boy on his lips and then asking the child to ‘suck his tongue’. The Tibetan spiritual leader is seen in the video pointing to his mouth and sticking his tongue out before making the controversial request. The video has sparked a furious response from netizens, with many criticizing the Dalai Lama for his behavior.

In a tweet from his official Twitter handle, the Dalai Lama apologized for any hurt his words may have caused and explained that he often teases people in an innocent and playful way, even in public and before cameras.

However, this is not the first time the spiritual leader has faced public backlash. A few years ago, his comment that if his successor were to be a woman, she would have to be “attractive” sparked a controversy. The Dalai Lama had also issued an apology over his comment later.