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Dalai Lama leaves hospital after brief treatment

Latest update : 2009-02-03

Tibet's 73-year-old Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has been released from a New Delhi hospital after being admitted on Monday with problems involving a nerve in his arm.

AFP - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama was released from hospital in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Monday after brief treatment for a pinched nerve in his arm, his spokesman told AFP.
  
Tenzin Taklha said the 73-year-old Buddhist monk had been rushed by air to New Delhi's Apollo hospital from the northern hill town of Dharamshala after he complained of discomfort.
  
"His holiness was suffering from a pinched nerve in his arm and that must have happened because of some sudden movement or a wrong posture," Taklha said.
  
"He has been released from hospital and he will take some medication and maybe wear a collar. All is now well and we are going back to Dharamshala on Tuesday."
  
The Dalai Lama was admitted to a New Delhi hospital in October last year for keyhole surgery to remove stones from his gallbladder.
  
A similar health-related episode last August forced him to cancel regular engagements and to be admitted to a hospital in Mumbai.
  
The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in Dharamshala since he fled Tibet in 1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.
  
After his latest operation in October, he returned to his international itinerary, campaigning for improved human rights in Tibet.
  
Beijing is against any foreign leaders meeting with the Dalai Lama, whom it accuses of seeking independence for Tibet -- a claim he denies, saying he wants only meaningful autonomy for the region.
  
Beijing has also accused him of masterminding riots against Chinese rule in the Tibetan capital Lhasa and neighbouring areas with Tibetan populations last March in order to destabilise the country.
  
The unrest occurred just months before Beijing hosted the Olympic Games.
  
Chinese opposition to the Dalai Lama's high-profile role as a global leader was demonstrated when his meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in December triggered a furious reaction from China's state-run press.
  
"The French president knowingly offended the people he now says he wants to befriend, without showing repentance," the English-language China Daily said afterwards.
  
The Chinese government had repeatedly warned Sarkozy against meeting the Dalai Lama and cancelled an EU-China summit in protest.
  
Beijing also warned that trade relations between the two countries could be affected.
  
According to the Dalai Lama's official website, he has travelled widely inside India over the last month but was not due to lecture outside the country until April when he was scheduled to travel to California.

Date created : 2009-02-02

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