The Dalai Lama cancels the majority of his international travel for 2018

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The Dalai Lama meeting with the former US president Barack Obama in 2014. Photo by, The White House, via WIkimedia Commons

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has had to cancel all of his foreign travel for the rest of the year due to health implications. A spokesperson for his Holiness, Sonam Dagpo, stated that due to his aging, he is exhausted which has made it very difficult to commit to his intensive travel schedule.

Dagpo said that his Holiness had been invited to several different countries but has cut down his public engagements due to his age. Dagpo also stated that the Dalai Lama’s health is not at risk and the cancellations have only been due to him being exhausted from what his teaching practices involve.

The engagements that he does such as ribbon cutting ceremonies and inaugurations only last a couple of hours but his teachings can last for several days.

For years, the Dalai Lama has been gifting his Buddhist teaching to people across the world while also promoting that China should grant Tibet more cultural independence. The 82 year old is a native to Tibet and from the lack of cultural independence in the country he was exiled.

His Holiness stated the exile forced onto him was very painful but also enabled him to visit new places, and meet new people. His exile also aided in the Nobel Peace Prize laureate in the spreading of the teachings of the Buddhist.

Even though he is quite old, that hasn’t slowed down the Dalai Lama in the past hence why there is concern for his health at the moment. Last year he attended public events that occurred in eight different foreign cities. 2016 he attended sixteen and in 2015 he attended 11.

The events that he visits include teachings and the ceremonies as previously stated. It is all about providing teachings to those that don’t directly have access to it. As Tibet doesn’t have cultural independence it is more than a spiritual belonging for those exiled. It is a way to express what the world should have access to and that we shouldn’t deny the people peace.

The end of March this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Dalai Lama living in India due to his exile. While exhausted he will still be providing short public events in India.