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Dalai Lama Checks Into US Mayo Clinic

Source: Flickr/Christopher Michel CC BY 2.0
Source: Flickr/Christopher Michel CC BY 2.0

Source: Flickr/Christopher Michel CC BY 2.0

Days after the Dalai Lama canceled all appearances for the month of October, the 80-year-old Tibetan Buddhist leader checked into the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

A Mayo spokeswoman confirmed that the Dalai Lama had checked into the Rochester clinic for a medical evaluation on Sunday. No other details were released.

The Dalai Lama has made regular visits to Rochester for medical care. Mayo Clinic last week confirmed his most recent visit was for a routine annual checkup but released no details, as is routine.

On Friday, the Dalai Lama’s office said in a statement on its website that he had canceled his planned October U.S. appearances after doctors advised him to rest. The statement gave no more details about the Dalai Lama’s condition, and there was no update on the website as of Monday.

“The doctors have advised His Holiness to rest for the next several weeks,” the statement said. “We deeply regret the inconvenience caused by this decision and apologize to all the people who have worked so hard in organizing the visit as well as to the public.” – VOA Report

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