Dalai Lama is stable, Hospital says

August 29, 2008 12:00 am

, MUMBAI, August 29 – Exiled Ticapitalfmnewn spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is in a stable condition and there is no cause for concern over his health, the private Indian hospital to which he was admitted said Friday.

The 73-year-old spiritual leader was taken to hospital in ‘s financial hub on Thursday after suffering from exhaustion and complaining of "abdominal discomfort," according to his spokesman.

The hospital said he was undergoing tests.

"He is stable, there is no cause for concern," Lilavati hospital spokesman Mohan Rajan told AFP. "The tests are in progress."

"His holiness is suffering some abdominal discomfort," the Dalai Lama’s spokesman Tenzin Takla added. "He is not in the intensive care unit. He is in a reserved room."

According to a statement from his office in Dharamshala, the northern base of the Ticapitalfmnewn exiles’ movement, "all that he needs is a good rest."

The statement also said there was "absolutely no cause for concern."

In recent weeks the Dalai Lama has been pursuing a gruelling travel itinerary as he campaigned for improved human rights in while readied to host the Olympic Games in Beijing that ended on August 24.

His office said that his medical condition had forced him to cancel all appointments for three weeks, including planned visits to and the .

The monk will also not be taking part in a worldwide 12-hour fast on August 30 aimed at ensuring attention to the campaign for improved human rights in Tibet did not drop off in the wake of the Olympics, organisers said.

The health scare has prompted special Buddhist prayer meetings in Dharamshala.

Dozens of monks and nuns gathered at the main temple in Dharamshala — also home to the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile — to pray for the well being of their leader.

"Whenever news like this comes out, all Ticapitalfmnewns inside and outside remain concerned. It is a matter of concern for the future of ," said poet and activist Tenzing Tsundue.

In 2002 the leader of Ticapitalfmnewn Buddhists was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital iin Mumbai after falling ill with stomach pains. He was treated with antibiotics.

He also underwent medical tests earlier this month, his office said, without providing further details.

sent troops into in 1950 and "liberated" it the following year. The Dalai Lama fled into exile in in 1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

The Dalai Lama has been pursuing a "middle path" policy — which espouses "meaningful autonomy" for , rather than full independence as many younger, more radical Ticapitalfmnewn activists are demanding.

Still, has vilified him as "mastermind" of what it called a drive to sabotage the Olympics and destabilise the country.

Violent protests against Chinese rule broke out across in March, sparking a heavy Chinese crackdown that has drawn global condemnation.


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