Dalai Lama says he feels almost normal as he leaves hospital

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Dalai Lama praises India's secularism
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, wrapped in a warm shawl, speaks at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India, Monday, April 16, 2018. The Tibetan leader spoke to a group of Indian and foreign tourists on secular ethics and the importance of tolerance in the 21st century. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

The Dalai Lama said he felt “normal, almost normal” as he left the New Delhi hospital where he had been treated for a chest infection.

The 83-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader was pale but spoke cheerfully Friday morning as he spoke to The Associated Press after being discharged. He had been hospitalized on Tuesday after coming to the capital to consult with doctors.

He is likely to return this week to the north Indian hill town of Dharmsala

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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. (File Photo: IANS)

that has been his headquarters since he fled Tibet in 1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

The Dalai Lama usually spends several months a year travelling the world to teach Buddhism and highlight the Tibetans’ struggle for greater freedom in China. But he has cut down on travel in the past year as he has to take care of his health.

China doesn’t recognize the Tibetan government-in-exile and hasn’t held any dialogue with the representatives of the Dalai Lama since 2010. Beijing accuses him of seeking to separate Tibet from China.

The Dalai Lama denies being a separatist and says he merely advocates for substantial autonomy and protection of the region’s native Buddhist culture.