I STAND WITH TIBET – DALAI LAMA IN MAYO CLINIC
‘I Stand With Tibet’ while His Holiness the Dalai Lama is in Mayo Clinic.
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DALAI LAMA REMAINS IN U.S. CLINIC FOR HEALTH CHECK: OFFICIAL
27 Sep 2015 at 22:34 ET
Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama speaks during a news conference at
Magdalene College in Oxford, Britain September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Darren
Tibet’s exiled 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 check-up.
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 on Friday.
The statement from the Dalai Lama’s office said doctors had urged him to
rest for several weeks, though it gave no indication that 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 his
The Dalai Lama’s India-based secretary, Tenzin Taklha, said in an email last
week that 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 U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York, but he had no
plans to meet with any world leaders in conjunction with the session, Taklha
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 separatist.
The Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India in 1959, has denied claims that
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 United
Nations on Friday.
Smith College issued a statement on 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
CNBC reported that the Dalai Lama had also been due to appear next month in
Boulder, Colorado, Salt Lake City and Philadelphia.
(Reporting by Karen Brooks in Austin, Texas; Editing by Eric Walsh)
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