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Dalai Lama to leave Indian hospital, resume travel

October 16, 2008

The Associated Press
October 15, 2008

NEW DELHI -- The Dalai Lama has recovered from surgery to remove
gallstones and will resume his travel schedule by the end of the
month, a senior aide said Wednesday.

"His Holiness is fine. He has recovered," said Tenzin Takhla, the
Dalai Lama's spokesman, adding that he will be discharged from a New
Delhi hospital Thursday morning.

The Dalai Lama underwent surgery on Friday. He had had gallstones for
more than a decade.

In August, the Tibetan spiritual leader was admitted to a Mumbai
hospital and underwent tests for abdominal discomfort. His aides said
then he was in good condition, but doctors advised him to cancel a
trip to Europe, saying he was suffering from exhaustion.

Takhla said Wednesday that the Dalai Lama would take a scheduled trip
to Japan at the end of October.

The Dalai Lama normally spends several months a year traveling
overseas to teach Buddhism and highlight the Tibetan struggle for
more freedom under Chinese rule. He lives in the north Indian hill
town of Dharmsala, where he set up his government-in-exile after
fleeing Tibet following a failed 1959 uprising against the Chinese.

Following March protests in Tibet, China has stepped up its campaign
to vilify the Dalai Lama, accusing him of leading a campaign to split
Tibet from the rest of the country.

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