Dalai Lama says he’s in ‘ex­cel­lent’ health

The China Post - - COMICS -

The Dalai Lama said he was in “ex­cel­lent” health Satur­day af­ter doc­tors told him to scrap a tour of the United States as he re­turned to his home in north­ern In­dia.

The 80-year-old Ti­betan spir­i­tual leader walked un­aided from his plane af­ter it landed at Dharam­sala air­port and spoke with a small group of fol­low­ers who had gath­ered to welcome him back, be­fore telling re­porters that there was no cause for con­cern.

“I’m okay,” he said in brief com­ments. “I went for check-up, then ba­si­cally ex­cel­lent.”

He said that he had re­ceived some “ad­vice” from his doc­tors but gave no fur­ther de­tails.

The ex­iled Bud­dhist leader, who main­tains a pun­ish­ing sched­ule, had been due to em­bark on a tour of the U.S. when doc­tors told him to rest.

He then checked in to the pres­ti­gious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Min­nesota, ac­cord­ing to CNN.

The No­bel lau­re­ate had been due to re­ceive the pres­ti­gious Lib­erty medal in Philadelphia in recog­ni­tion of his cam­paign­ing work on hu­man rights.

Although he has been in gen­er­ally good health, he was hos­pi­tal­ized in Mum­bai in 2002 with an in­fec­tion.

Con­cerns about the im­pact of his heavy work­load also led him to step down as the po­lit­i­cal head of the ex­iled Ti­betan lead­er­ship in 2011.

The Dalai Lama fled across the Hi­malayas to In­dia in 1959 in the af­ter­math of a failed upris­ing among Ti­betans to main­land Chi­nese rule.

AP

Ex­iled Ti­betan spir­i­tual leader the Dalai Lama greets devo­tees as he ex­its the Kan­gra Air­port in Dharmsala, In­dia, Satur­day, Oct. 3.

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