On occasions, "people said to me that in spite of my old age, which is over 80, I look like 70 and ask (me) what is the secret. I say, that is my secret and I will not tell you," Dalai Lama said in jest, making the audience burst into peels of laughter.
"But the most important is peace of mind. Internal beauty is more important than external beauty," he said. Dalai Lama was delivering a lecture on 'Ancient Indian Knowledge in Modern Times', when a question on the secret of his "beautiful skin" was put to him by the anchor woman "on behalf of all the ladies present" in the packed Guwahati University auditorium in Guwahati.
The spiritual leader turned 81 last year in July.
"Women should take more active role for human compassion. My first teacher was my mother, not anyone else. Females are biologically more stronger," he added.
The Tibetan spiritual leader two week-long visit to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. He will begin his Arunachal Pradesh visit on April 4 amid repeated statements by China of 'strong repercussions' of allowing Dalai Lama to travel to the state.