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Friday 23 August 2019

Dalai Lama back home after treatment in hospital for chest infection

Hundreds welcomed him home as he described the ailment as ‘a little bit serious’.

The Dalai Lama during a visit to Londonderry (Niall Carson/PA)
The Dalai Lama during a visit to Londonderry (Niall Carson/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

The Dalai Lama has returned to his headquarters in the north Indian hill town of Dharmsala after a brief stay in a hospital in the capital for treatment of a chest infection.

Hundreds of exiled Tibetans lined the streets of Dharmsala carrying ceremonial scarves and incense sticks to welcome the Dalai Lama on Friday.

The 83-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader told reporters that he had fully recovered, but that the illness had been “a little bit serious”.

The Dalai Lama described the illness as ‘a little bit serious’ (Chris Radburn/PA)

He did not give any details.

The Dalai Lama usually spends several months a year travelling the world to teach Buddhism and highlight Tibetans’ struggle for greater freedom in China.

But he has cut down on his travels in the past year to take care of his health.

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