#INDIA: The Dalai Lama (83) has been hospitalized with a chest infection, following his recent routine check-up in Delhi recently but is in a stable condition, his aides said Tuesday.
The Nobel peace laureate is a hugely popular speaker but has cut down his global engagements in recent years.
The 83-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk had returned to his home of Dharamshala, in the Indian Himalayas, from a meeting with youth leaders in New Delhi when he felt “some discomfort,” his private secretary Tenzin Taklha told media, the aide said that “doctors have diagnosed him with chest infection and he is being treated for that. His condition is stable now. He will be treated for two three days here.”
China took control of Tibet in 1950 and sees the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist. Who will succeed the Dalai Lama when he dies remains both unclear and contentious.
China says its leaders have the right to choose a successor. But last month, the Dalai Lama reiterated that any leader named by China would not be accepted by Tibetans.
In Tibetan Buddhist belief, the soul of its most senior lama is reincarnated into the body of a child.
Ever since, the Dalai Lama — who is revered as a living god by millions of Tibetan Buddhists — has made India his home.
India officially calls him “(our) most esteemed and honored guest.”From his base in India, the Dalai Lama traveled the globe, becoming an icon, culturally as well as religiously.
Last year, however, he decided to cut his busy schedule, citing citing age and exhaustion.It is unclear who will succeed him when he dies, how that person will be picked or whether there will even be another Dalai Lama.
Traditionally, the title is bestowed on the highest-ranking leader in Tibetan Buddhism. It is given to those deemed to be the reincarnation of a line of revered religious teachers.