Dalai Lama back to work after illness

September 25, 2008 12:00 am

, DHARAMSHALA, September 25 – Ticapitalfmnewn spiritual leader the Dalai Lama returned to work on Thursday four weeks after he was hospitalised suffering from abdominal pains, an aide said.

The 73-year-old Nobel peace laureate begun teaching sessions in Dharamshala, the northern Indian town where he lives in exile from China, but his planned trips to Germany and Switzerland next month have been cancelled.

"His Holiness is doing very well, he begins public teachings from today. There will be two sessions each day," Samdhong Rinpoche, prime minister of Ticapitalfmnewn government in exile, told AFP.

In the weeks preceding his illness, the Dalai Lama had pursued a hectic international itinerary as he campaigned for improved human rights in Tibet while China hosted the Olympic Games.

He spent four days in a Mumbai hospital undergoing tests, and doctors told him to rest for several weeks after he was released.

The health scare prompted special prayer meetings in Dharamshala, with monks and nuns gathering at the main temple to pray for his well-being.

Many world leaders had called to enquire after his health, Rinpoche said, including US President George W. Bush.

"President Bush called on Tuesday because His Holiness had been scheduled to meet him earlier this month on his way to Latin America," Rinpoche said.

The Buddhist monk fled to India in 1959 following a failed uprising in Tibet against Chinese rule.


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