Dalai Lama hospitalized with chest infection, feeling better


Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama talks to four alleged victims of sexual, physical and psychological abuse by Buddhist teachers in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (Marlies Bosch/Stichting Bezoek Dalai Lama via AP)

The Dalai Lama has been hospitalized in the Indian capital of New Delhi with a chest infection.

Spokesman Tenzin Taklha said Wednesday the 83-year-old Dalai Lama was feeling much better now.

Takhla says the Dalai Lama is under medication and likely to spend a day or two in the hospital.

The Tibetan spiritual leader flew from Dharmsala for consultations with doctors in the capital and was hospitalized on Tuesday.

The north Indian hill town of Dharmsala has been his headquarters since he fled Tibet in 1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule. Last month marked 60 years since the Dalai Lama fled Tibet for exile in India.

Ever since, the Dalai Lama, who is revered as a living god by millions of Tibetan Buddhists, has made India his home.

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

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in March the “reincarnation of living Buddhas including the Dalai Lama must comply with Chinese laws and regulations and follow religious rituals and historical conventions.”

Last year, the Dalai Lama decided to cut his busy schedule, citing citing age and exhaustion.

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