Published On: Thu, Apr 11th, 2019

‘Cured’ Dalai Lama set to be discharged from hospital

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His spokesman says the 83-year-old Buddhist monk and Nobel peace prize winner was admitted to the Max hospital in the Indian capital with what was described as a ‘light cough’

Published 11:18 AM, April 11, 2019

Updated 11:24 AM, April 11, 2019

CURED. File photo of Dalai Lama at a function in Dharamsala, India on October 10, 2015. File Photo by AFP.

CURED. File photo of Dalai Lama at a function in Dharamsala, India on October 10, 2015. File Photo by AFP.

NEW DELHI, India – The Dalai Lama is “doing very well” and will likely be discharged from hospital in New Delhi on Friday, April 12, as he recovers from a chest infection, his spokesman told AFP on Thursday, April 11.

The 83-year-old Buddhist monk and Nobel peace prize winner was admitted to the Max hospital in the Indian capital on Tuesday, April 9, with what another aide described as a “light cough”.

“Generally, his holiness is fine. He is doing very well. Still on medication but he is doing very well and will be discharged. Right now, we are trying to discharge him tomorrow,” said Tenzin Taklha, the Dalai Lama’s personal spokesman.

“He is doing fine. In fact this morning he was in his normal routine. He was doing some exercise… Basically he is cured but will continue his course of medicine,” Taklha added.

Although the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader remains a hugely popular speaker, he has cut back on his global engagements and has not met a world leader since 2016 – while governments have been wary of extending invitations to him for fear of angering Beijing.

The Dalai Lama has sought to pre-empt any attempt by Beijing, which has effectively wiped out any organized opposition to its rule in Tibet, to name his reincarnated successor, even announcing in 2011 that he may be the last in the lineage. – Rappler.com

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