No need to worry about my health: Dalai Lama

Dharamsala, Oct 1 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Thursday said he was fine and there was no need to worry about his health.

“Overall, I’m very well, and there’s no need for any of you to worry,” an official statement quoting the Nobel Peace laureate said.

The octogenarian monk said the doctors, however, have advised him to rest more as he felt more fatigued after long trips compared with earlier times.

A post on his official website said some of the Dalai Lama’s planned trips and activities in the next couple of months have been curtailed as a result.

“However, the remaining Lamrim teachings in south India will go on as scheduled. I am also participating in a mind and life conference with scientists in south India. I intend to enjoy and carry out these events in a relaxed manner,” the Dalai Lama said.

The spiritual leader, currently touring the US, will return to his private residence here on October 3.

Speaking to an audience in Rochester in the US, the Dalai Lama said: “As some of you may know, for the last 10 years or so, I’ve been coming to the Mayo Hospital almost every year for routine physical check-ups. Even in India, I go for physical check-ups every six months or so in New Delhi. And that’s why I’m here this time also.”

“The last time I went for a check-up at New Delhi, the doctors told me that I am in excellent health with no major ailments whatsoever,” His Holiness explained.

“However, for the last two or three years, I’ve had some minor issues with my knees. Therefore, a good friend of mine recently recommended a German doctor, who is a renowned bone specialist.”

“After examining some X-rays of my knees, the German doctor told me that these things are normal at my age. He even said to me jokingly that I am 80, not 18 anymore. I believe what he said is true. As you age, your physical body deteriorates, so you need to be aware of your health, do check-ups and take care of small issues and symptoms,” he said.

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