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Dalai Lama hospitalized in New Delhi with chest infection

Dalai Lama hospitalized in New Delhi with chest infection
The Dalai Lama has been taken to a private hospital and diagnosed with a chest infection, according to his aides. The religious leader fell ill upon returning home from a summit of "youth leaders" in New Delhi.

The Tibetan Buddhist leader, 83, will spend the next "two to three days" at the hospital recovering, his private secretary, Tenzin Takhla, said. He was flown to New Delhi to consult with doctors and subsequently hospitalized after he reported feeling "some discomfort," and is now reported to be in stable condition. The Dalai Lama had just returned from the Indian capital to Dharamsala, where he has lived in exile for 60 years since fleeing Tibet, having addressed a gathering of "Youth Global Leaders" called by philanthropist Bobby Sager.

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The Dalai Lama officially cut back on his world traveling due to old age and exhaustion last year. There is no ironclad succession process for the title of Dalai Lama, and he has accused the Chinese government of intending to use his death to "foist a successor on Tibetan Buddhists" but said, "nobody will respect" a "false" Lama.

The reincarnation of the Dalai Lama must follow Chinese laws and regulations, as well as religious conventions, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said when questioned about the future of the position.

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