Dalai Lama Warns Hectic Schedules Could Shorten His Life

The 83 year old Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the farewell program after his month long stay in Ladakh warned that a hectic schedule could imply a shorter life. His Holiness arrived in Leh, Ladakh on July 3 and his visit in the region marked with a very hectic schedule where he traveled to Nubra Valley, Zanskar, Kargil and Mulbekh.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama explained that his one month visit to Ladakh during the peak monsoon season, he has been able to give some teachings wherein Muslim communities too joined and thus he feels that he has been able to make a small contribution to the Dharma and the welfare of beings. He also added that he appreciates Muslims attending his teachings and during this visit they have been able bring two communities closer.

However, the Tibetan spiritual leader explained that the purpose of his visit to Ladakh during the rainy season has been to take rest and not follow a hectic program. His Holiness also explained that following hectic schedule could shorten his life as his body is only flesh and bone.

“The Drikung Monastery at Kema Kyongru has invited me to visit next year, but we’ll have to see if I’m able to go. When it’s raining and humid in Dharamsala it’s good to come up to drier Ladakh. But, this old man is coming to Ladakh to rest, not to follow a hectic program. Whether I’ll go to Nubra or not, we’ll have to see. Next year I’ll be 84. Would you prefer this old fellow to take things a little easier and live longer, or follow a hectic schedule and have a shorter life? You here and the people in Tibet all pray that I live long, but my body is only flesh and bone and if I tire it out it’s likely that it will shorten my life.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama said on Friday during the farewell lunch at the Kalachakra ground, Shewatsel.

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