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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama returns to India, assures followers about his health
October 3, 2015
DHARAMSALA, India (AP) — The Dalai Lama has assured his followers that
he is in excellent health upon his return Saturday to the Tibetan
government-in-exile's headquarters in northern India.
Hundreds of Tibetans, holding incense sticks and scarves, lined the
streets of Dharamsala town to celebrate the return of the Tibetan
spiritual leader. Prayer flags fluttered and colorful banners with
Tibetan symbols were strung across the streets of the mountain town in
the Himalayan foothills.
The 80-year-old Dalai Lama said he had had a thorough medical checkup
at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, U.S.A., and was in "excellent
"But they advised me. I should take precaution," he told reporters. He did not give any other details.
The Tibetan leader's assurances came days after doctors at the Mayo
Clinic instructed him to rest. He later canceled his October
appearances in the United States.
The Tibetan Buddhist leader is a matter of concern for his followers
across the world, and especially for the hundreds of thousands of
Tibetans who live in India.
The Dalai Lama fled across the Himalayas into India after a failed
uprising in Tibet in 1959. He settled in Dharamsala and set up a
Tibetan government-in-exile there. Beijing accuses him of seeking to
separate Tibet from China.
But Tibetans and the Dalai Lama say they simply want a high degree of autonomy under Chinese rule.
Dalai Lama Checks Into Mayo Clinic
Tibetans from all over Minnesota traveled to Rochester to attend an event with the Dalai Lama Wednesday morning.
The 80-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader greeted dozens of people
outside the Mayo Civic Center, and hundreds more attended the private
event for Minnesotan’s Tibetan community, the Rochester Post Bulletin
“He’s my spiritual leader and a living God,” Tenzin Lungtok of Minneapolis told the paper. “I’m here to receive his blessings.”
This was his only event during his trip to the United States, and it
was closed to the media and general public. The Dalai Lama had been at
the Mayo Clinic for a routine checkup. Doctors there told him to rest,
which prompted him to cancel his U.S. appearances scheduled for October.
At Wednesday’s event, he told people he was at the Mayo Clinic to
address his knee problems, saying doctors reminded him he is “not 18
anymore,” FOX 9 reports.
Dalai Lama remains in Mayo Clinic for evaluation
Posted Sept. 27, 2015
Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, on Sunday remained at the Mayo Clinic
in Rochester, Minnesota, for evaluation following a medical visit his
office said was a routine annual checkup.
The 80-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate had canceled a planned October
visit to the United States at the advice of doctors following a medical
check-up this week, his office said in a statement Friday.
from the Dalai Lama’s office said doctors had urged him to rest for
several weeks, though it gave no indication he was ill nor details
about his state of health.
On Sunday, Mayo spokeswoman Ginger Plumbo confirmed he remained at the
clinic for evaluation but said she could offer no further details about
The Dalai Lama’s India-based secretary, Tenzin Taklha, said in an email
last week the Dalai Lama was going to the Mayo for an annual medical
checkup but was not ill.
The Dalai Lama’s checkup came as heads of state and diplomats were
gathering for the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting in New
York, but he had no plans to meet with any world leaders in conjunction
with the session, Taklha said Thursday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping was due to make his U.N. debut as leader
of China, which has ruled Tibet since Communist troops took over the
Himalayan region in 1950 and regards the Dalai Lama as a dangerous
The Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India in 1959, has denied claims
he is seeking independence for Tibet, advocating instead for greater
autonomy of the region through dialogue with Beijing.
His current presence in the United States also coincides with the visit
of Pope Francis, who met with President Barack Obama and addressed the
Smith College issued a statement Friday saying the Dalai Lama had
canceled scheduled appearances for October there and at two nearby
Massachusetts schools, Amherst College and the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst.
CNBC reported the Dalai Lama also had been due to appear next month in Boulder, Colorado, Salt Lake City and Philadelphia.
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