By Lobsang Wangyal
McLEOD GANJ, India, 26 April 2019
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama returned to his home in McLeod Ganj after undergoing treatment for a lung infection in Delhi.
Hundreds of Tibetans, as well as tourists, lined the streets with flowers, scarves, and incense to welcome the Dalai Lama back home.
President of the Central Tibetan Administration Lobsang Sangay, Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, and other community leaders were among those who received the Dalai Lama at the Gaggal Airport. They joined the motorcade to his residence in McLeod Ganj.
After landing at Gaggal Airport the Dalai Lama told some waiting reporters that he had fully recovered. “The illness was a little bit serious.”
The 83-year-old was taken to Delhi the day after he returned from attending a global launch of Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning on 10 April.
Earlier in the day before he boarded the flight back to McLeod Ganj, he met with Tibetan students in Delhi at the Tibetan Youth Hostel. He told the gathering that he has fully recovered.
“I caught cold when I was in Bodh Gaya in January. This hadn’t gone away completely. I felt exhaustion and unease after the SEE Learning programme in Delhi. After returning to McLeod Ganj, I decided to go back to Delhi for a checkup,” he told the gathering.
“Doctors at Max Hospital in Delhi, where I used to go for regular checkups, diagnosed a lung infection. They treated it, and I have completely recovered.”
In the last few years the Dalai Lama cut down on his travels, particularly internationally, owing to his age, but still keeps a busy schedule attending conferences and giving teachings.
He has teachings lined up for three days next month from 10 to 12 May, and also for three days in June from 3 to 5. A long life puja will be held for him by the Central Tibetan Administration on 17 May in McLeod Ganj.