Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday left for the US to undergo prostate treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
The treatment and health evaluation will be followed by a month-long rest period starting January end, said the spiritual leader’s private office, in a statement issued here.
Sikyong (Tibetan political leader) Lobsang Sangay and officials of the government-in-exile bid adieu to the 80-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate at the Dharamshala airport.
Replying to the media queries, the Dalai Lama said there was no major health issue, but he was having problem in the right eye.
“You can touch my face and see there’s no problem,” he said in a lighter vein, adding that he had been going to Mayo Clinic for regular health evaluation and doctors there had advised him for precautions in certain things.
“I would probably return in the second week of March,” he added.
He is also scheduled to attend a scientists’ meet at Wisconsin University. In September last year, the Dalai Lama had cancelled his programme to the US after doctors at Mayo Clinic advised him rest.