Advised to rest, Dalai Lama cancels October US visit

  • Naresh K Thakur, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Sep 27, 2015 15:35 IST
Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. (REUTERS)

Tibetan spiritual leader the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gytso has cancelled all his programmes scheduled in the month of October, including a proposed visit to the US, following doctors advise to take complete rest.

The 80-year-old spiritual leader is currently in the US for a medical check- up, where doctors at Mayo Clinic have advised him complete rest for “the next several weeks”.

“His Holiness is in the United States for a medical check-up. The doctors have advised him to rest for the next several weeks,” said a statement by the office of the Dalai Lama based in Dharamsala.

As a result, the statement said, His Holiness’ planned US visit stands cancelled.

His office maintained that the Dalai Lama had no health complaints and all the medical tests conducted were normal.

The Dalai Lama was scheduled to visit The Salt Lake City from October 17 to 19, which included an invitation to a world relations conference, a public talk at the University of Utah and a dedication of the new Tibetan Association Community Center.

On October 20, the Dalai Lama was to deliver a lecture to students and faculty at the University of Colorado and Buddhist teaching the following day. Apart from it, the spiritual leader was to receive an award from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on October 26.

The representative of the Dalai Lama to North America, Kaydor Aukatsang, has informed the University of Colorado, the Tibetan Association of Colorado and the Utah Tibetan Association of the cancellation.

“We deeply regret the inconvenience caused by this decision and apologise to all the people who have worked so hard in organising the visit as well as to the public. We thank you for your support and understanding,” the statement said.

In August, the Kashag (cabinet) of Tibetan government-in-exile had canceled the 2016 Kalchakra by one year owing to the hectic itinerary of the Dalai Lama for past several months.

The Dalai Lama extensively toured around the world in past few months to participate in his 80th birthday celebrations and long-life prayer ceremonies.

The office of the spiritual leader said that he would be returning to Dharamsala, his exile home for over half a century, very soon.

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