Tibetan spiritual leader resumes sermons, to visit Japan in November

Other News Materials 26 September 2008 16:03 (UTC +04:00)

The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in India, has recovered from a bout of ill health and has resumed his preaching sessions, an aide said Friday.

The Dalai Lama, 73, made his first public appearance after a month at a teaching ceremony on Thursday at McLeodganj near Dharamsala, the northern Indian hill town where he is based along with the Tibetan government-in-exile, his secretary Tenzin Takhla said.

The Tibetan leader had complained of fatigue and had been advised rest by his doctors after a series of medical tests in August. He has stayed confined to his residence since August 28 and scheduled trips to Europe, Mexico and the Dominican Republic were cancelled, reported dpa.

The trip to Europe, earlier scheduled for October, remained cancelled, Takhla said. "He will be visiting Tokyo and Fukuoka in Japan in the first week of November to give Buddhist teachings and public talks."

Currently, the Dalai Lama is holding a two-day teaching session for a group of Buddhists from Singapore and other South-East Asian countries.

"This will end today and on Thursday he begins a six-day teaching session for a group from Taiwan," Takhla said, adding, "He is fine and back to his hectic schedule."

The aide, however, said extra care was being taken to ensure that the Tibetan leader did not overstrain himself. "We are trying to ensure he takes it a bit easier."