Earlier this week, the Dalai Lama released his address ushering in Losar (The Tibetan New Year) via YouTube and on the official website of the Central Tibetan Administration.
In his message, he revealed that he is receiving precautionary treatment for his prostate at a Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
In addition to wishing his audience “Losar Tashi Delek,” which translates to an exhortation to “please try to live up to what it means,” the Dalai Lama expressed that in spite of his health issues he is doing relatively well, and that the hospital staff have been treating him kindly and warmly.
I want to tell you that I am doing very well. The treatment only takes a few minutes every day, but it will take time to complete the treatment. It’s nothing complicated, it’s not serious, there’s nothing to worry about.
It’s almost as if I”m taking a rest. I’m doing my daily recitations morning and evening and when there’s time I’m reading other scriptures. I want to tell you not to worry at all.
His hospitalization comes amid a looming succession crisis for the Tibetan exile Buddhist community, as China seeks to sponsor its own Panchen Lama as heir apparent, while the current Dalai Lama has hinted at the possibility of simply retiring the position altogether.
China is no fan of the Dalai Lama, and accuses him of being a separatist that instigated a violent uprising in the 1950s. Earlier this month, officials in Sichuan rounded up all portraits of His Holiness from the sizable Tibetan population, compared him to Saddam Hussein.
Watch his Losar greeting here:
By Stanley Yu