Dalai Lama makes public appearance after almost a month

September 26th, 2008 - 1:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, Sep 26 (IANS) The Dalai Lama, exiled spiritual head of the Tibetan community, made his first public appearance after nearly one month during a teaching ceremony at McLeodganj near here, his aide said Friday.The Dalai Lama, 73, had been confined to his residence in this Himachal Pradesh hill town since Aug 28 when he returned from Delhi, where he spent a few days after undergoing a series of medical tests at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre.

“He (the Dalai Lama) started his three-day preaching session Thursday in which more than 100 students from 12 countries are participating. This means he is in excellent health… back to routine affairs,” Thubten Samphel, a spokesperson for the Tibetan government-in-exile, told IANS.

“The spiritual head has been advised two months’ rest by doctors of Lilavati Hospital last month, but now on the advice of his personal physicians he started his routine activities,” Samphel said.

Earlier, the Nobel laureate had cancelled his visits to Europe, Mexico and Dominican Republic after complaining of fatigue.

After cancelling his visits, speculations were rife among his followers that he was not likely to get back to routine affairs.

“After this discourse, the Dalai Lama will deliver preach for five days on Arya Nagarjuna’s commentary on Bodhichitta. This hectic schedule means all is well,” Samphel said.

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