Dalai Lama discharged from Indian hospital

Other News Materials 1 September 2008 11:50 (UTC +04:00)

The Dalai Lama's spokesman says the Tibetan spiritual leader has been discharged from the hospital where he has been undergoing tests for abdominal discomfort, reported CNN.

Tenzin Takla says the Dalai Lama was discharged Monday morning, but will remain in Mumbai for several days. Takla says he is in good condition but doctors have advised him to rest as much as possible.

The Dalai Lama was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai last week with what his advisers called exhaustion.

He recently returned to India from France, and has canceled trips to Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

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

Since the March outbreak of violence in Tibet, China has 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.

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

Takla spoke to The Associated Press from Dharmsala, the north Indian town that has been the Dalai Lama's base since he fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.