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Exhausted Dalai Lama axes trips

August 29, 2008

Ashwini Bhatia, Associated Press in Dharamsala
The Guardian (UK)
August, 28 2008

The Dalai Lama is suffering from exhaustion and has cancelled two
planned international trips to undergo medical tests. The 73-year-old
Nobel peace prize winner had been "experiencing some discomfort in
the past couple of days", a statement from his office said.

The Tibetan spiritual leader has just returned from an 11-day visit
to France, capping an intense few months since the violent uprising
against Chinese rule in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, in March and the
subsequent Chinese crackdown.

He spends several months a year travelling the world teaching and
highlighting the struggle of Tibetans for greater freedom from China.

He cancelled trips to Mexico and the Dominican Republic and will
spend three weeks resting, said Thupten Samphel, a spokesman for the
self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile. His doctors have diagnosed
exhaustion.

The spokesman said that the Dalai Lama would travel to Mumbai for
medical tests before returning to the north Indian hill town of
Dharamsala to recuperate. He gave no further details.

The Dalai Lama has had his headquarters in Dharamsala since fleeing
Tibet in 1959 after an abortive uprising against China.

Although he is thought to be in good health, this is not the first
time that exhaustion has laid him low. In 2006, the Buddhist leader
was grounded by his doctors because of exhaustion and cancelled all
his engagements for a month.

Since the outbreak of violence in Tibet, China has stepped up its
campaign to vilify him, blaming him for recent unrest, which Beijing
says was part of a campaign to split the Himalayan region from the
rest of China.

He has denied the allegations, saying that despite the violence he
only wants greater autonomy for the Himalayan region in order to
protect its Buddhist culture.
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