While the former Nobel Peace Prize Winner sympathized with the plight of refugees and even said that Europe is "morally responsible" for helping those who are facing "danger against their life", he stressed that the end-game should be the rehabilitation of their homeland, not migration to Europe.
While the Buddhist spiritual leader from Tibet acknowledged Europe had a responsibility to help refugees, he also emphasized that they must also do their part, according to the U.K.'s The Sun.
"Receive them, help them, educate them ... but ultimately they should develop their own country", he said.
It's not the first time the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize victor has said something along these lines.
The U.K.'s MailOnline reported that when he was speaking to the German press back in 2016, he said, "Europe, for example Germany, can not become an Arab country". "Germany is Germany. There are so many that in practice it becomes hard".
The meeting with the 83-year Dalai Lama comes as the Roman Catholic Church faces a major crisis of its own in dealing with victims of clergy abuse in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere.
"From a moral point of view, too, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily". "The goal should be that they return and help rebuild their countries".
"He has outrageous hair and a small mouth", he said, complete with hand gesture and some sort of fish impression that followed.
"Such famous people I think [have] no ability to compete my wisdom".