After 60 Years, Dalai Lama’s Foreign Travels Cut Down

The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama while reflecting relevant to the world more than ever today, his foreign travels are now being cut down after 60 years of global trotting. The exiled spiritual leader spent 59 years travelling across the world spreading the message of peace, love and compassion, while being based in India.

Over the recent past, His Holiness has been publicly complaining of suffering from exhaustion while engaging in long programs or those involving long distance travels. It has been imminent from the recent reports while certain events scheduled in the far west were called off that his engagements were being cut short.

“His Holiness is invited to different countries but he has cut down public engagements because of age. He is exhausted after teaching for a long period of time. Therefore a few commitments have been cancelled,” said Sonam Dagpo, a spokesperson for the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).

His Holiness who is turning 83 this year is reported to be in fine health and still engages actively in various events within India. The Tibetan spiritual leader over the past six decades, following the Chinese invasion of Tibet, has been travelling around the world giving teachings while at the sometime lobbied for genuine autonomy of Tibet from China’s illegal invasion of Tibet that threatens the very culture, tradition and environment of Tibet.

“Usually these engagements — inauguration, ribbon-cutting-type ceremonies — last only for a few hours, but some engagements are for teaching and they last for seven days, which he’s doing less and less of,” the spokesperson added.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings and messages of peace have been recognised by millions in the West and most of the countries acknowledge that Tibetans are denied of basic human rights by China. His Holiness was also felicitated the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 in honour of commitment to world peace among thousands other recognitions conferred upon him.

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