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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 12:14 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 12:14 AM (IST)

Dalai Lama in pink of health: Doc

Dalai Lama in pink of health: Doc
The Dalai Lama

Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, June 13

The physician of the Dalai Lama, Dr Tseten Dorjee, has trashed reports that the Tibetan spiritual leader is suffering from prostate cancer.

“How can a person suffering from prostate cancer sit and give discourses for three to four hours for three days,” said Dr Tseten, terming the reports false.

The Dalai Lama’s health has been a cause of concern for his followers and well-wishers, particularly over apprehensions that China may install its own reincarnate Dalai Lama, after his demise.

The physician claimed that he needed support while walking because of mild osteoarthritis, which was common among people his age. In fact, the condition of his arthritis was so mild that it did not even required surgery, he said.

When politicians and world leaders fall ill, they occasionally make public appearances to prove otherwise, but in this case, the Dalai Lama has been holding back-to-back public meetings and discourses and is even going to Ladakh next month, Dr Tseten said. He further claimed that the Dalai Lama was in good health.

The spiritual leader had himself repeatedly told the Tibetans that he was in excellent health despite his age and that there was nothing to worry about, said Sonam Dagpo, Secretary, International Relations, and spokesperson for the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala.

Chime Rigzin, secretary, had claimed that the doctors in Rochester, Minnesota, had found nothing left of a small sign of cancer in his prostate gland. They had identified and treated him two years ago. At Mayo Clinic this time, they found no traces of it. “It is completely cured,” he had claimed.

The Dalai Lama has a hectic schedule till February 2019. After his return from Vilnius, Lithuania, and Riga, Latvia, the Dalai Lama will return to Dharamsala for a four-day discourse from September 4-7 on the request of a group from Asia, including Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam at the Main Tibetan Temple. He will then travel to Rotterdam, The Netherlands, September 16-17, for talks and lectures, and then attend a conference on non-violence in Darmstadt, Germany, before participating in a religious ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Tibet Institute in Rikon and Winterthur, Switzerland.

In October, he will continue teaching in Dharamsala and attend an event in Manali. “Can a terminally ill person have such a busy schedule,” said an official of the Dalai Lama office.

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