The Dalai Lama was released from a hospital in India's capital after doctors determined that minor pain in his arms was caused by a pinched nerve, his spokesman said on Tuesday. The 73-year-old exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who underwent three hours of medical tests on Monday, was feeling better following a good night's sleep in a hotel and would return immediately to his northern Indian headquarters, said Tenzin Takhla. The Dalai Lama has had a number of health problems in recent months that have interrupted his busy schedule of international travel to teach Buddhism and highlight the Tibetan struggle for more autonomy under Chinese rule.
He has no plans to change his scheduled visit to Italy and Germany, which begins Feb 8, said Takhla.
The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in the northern Indian town of Dharmsala since fleeing Tibet following a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule over the Himalayan region.
In October, he had surgery to remove gallstones, while in August he was admitted to a Mumbai hospital and underwent tests for abdominal discomfort. His aides said then he was in good condition, but doctors advised him to cancel a planned trip to Europe and rest, saying he was suffering from exhaustion.
Following March protests in Tibet, China has stepped up its campaign to vilify the Dalai Lama, accusing him of leading a campaign to split Tibet from the rest of the country. The Dalai Lama has denied the allegations, saying he is only seeking greater autonomy for the region to protect its unique Buddhist culture.