Dalai Lama cancels visit to USA after doctors advise rest

However, doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., advised the Dalai Lama to rest instead.

The Dalai Lama canceled USA appearances following a checkup at Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic and planned to return to India to rest, the University of Colorado and a Tibetan association announced Friday.

“We have spent hundreds of hours and sleepless nights preparing for his visit”, said Lobsang Tsering, with the Community Center.

Chinese President Xi Jinping was due to make his United Nations debut as leader of China, which has ruled Tibet since Communist troops took over the Himalayan region in 1950 and regards the Dalai Lama as a risky separatist. “We thank everyone for their support and understanding and would like to consider rescheduling the visit in the future”.

Since 1959, the Dalai Lama has lived in exile in Dharamsala, northern India.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dalai Lama as he recovers his strength”, Rosen said.

Ticket costs will automatically be refunded to ticket holder’s credit cards for all Dalai Lama events starting the week of October, 5.

CU-Boulder was set to host the Dalai Lama on October 21. Dalai Lamas are important monks of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism which is nominally headed by the Ganden Tripas.

However, the Office of Tibet has said that they may reschedule the visit. He is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, for his nonviolent advocacy for the Tibetan people.


Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets devotees as he arrives to give a religious talk at the Tibetan Childrens Village School in Dharmsala India Wednesday

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