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Dalai Lama to undergo medical checkup

October 7, 2008

The Associated Press
October 6, 2008

NEW DELHI -- The Dalai Lama will undergo a second medical checkup in
as many months while he recovers from exhaustion, a spokesman for the
Tibetan spiritual leader said Monday.

The 73-year-old Dalai Lama leader is scheduled to arrive in the
Indian capital later Monday from Dharmsala, a north Indian hill town
where he set up his headquarters after fleeing Tibet in 1959
following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

"The Dalai Lama is going to New Delhi today for a routine checkup and
will be back in Dharmsala on Oct. 9," Chhime R. Chhoekyapa, the
spokesman, told The Associated Press.

He declined to say why the Dalai Lama needed another checkup less
than six weeks after he was admitted to a Mumbai hospital and
underwent tests for abdominal discomfort. He spent four days in
Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital.

Tenzin Taklha, the Dalai Lama's official spokesman, said in September
that the spiritual leader was in good condition but doctors had
advised him to rest as much as possible.

The Dalai Lama normally spends several months a year traveling the
world to teach Buddhism and highlight the Tibetans' struggle for
greater freedom in China.

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

The Dalai Lama has denied the allegations, saying he is only seeking
greater autonomy for Tibet to protect its unique Buddhist culture.
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