Dalai Lama cancels planned trip to Japan

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in an undated photo.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in an undated photo. Photographer unknown

Kyodo News

NEW DELHI, India, 4 October 2017

The Dalai Lama has cancelled his planned trip to Japan next month on his doctor’s advice, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader’s Tokyo office said Wednesday.

The Dalai Lama was planning to visit Tokyo, Fukuoka, and Kumamoto prefectures between 10 and 21 November and attend a religious ceremony in connection with a deadly earthquake that hit the Kumamoto region last year.

But his primary doctor advised the 82-year-old to refrain from long-distance travel and rest instead, according to his Tokyo office.

The Dalai Lama similarly cancelled his trip to Botswana in southern Africa in August due to fatigue after a doctor advised him not to travel.

The current Dalai Lama is considered the 14th incarnation of the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. He fled Tibet after a failed uprising against China’s rule in 1959 and set up a government-in-exile in Dharamshala, northern India.

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