Dalai Lama set to leave Minnesota, meets with local Tibetans


Tibetans from all over Minnesota traveled to Rochester to attend an event with the Dalai Lama Wednesday morning.

The 80-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader greeted dozens of people outside the Mayo Civic Center, and hundreds more attended the private event for Minnesotan's Tibetan community, the Rochester Post Bulletin reports.

"He's my spiritual leader and a living God," Tenzin Lungtok of Minneapolis told the paper. "I'm here to receive his blessings."

This was his only event during his trip to the United States, and it was closed to the media and general public. The Dalai Lama had been at the Mayo Clinic for a routine checkup. Doctors there told him to rest, which prompted him to cancel his U.S. appearances scheduled for October.

At Wednesday's event, he told people he was at the Mayo Clinic to address his knee problems, saying doctors reminded him he is "not 18 anymore," FOX 9 reports.

During his extended stay in Rochester, the Dalai Lama was spotted several times, the Med City Beat reports.

The Dalai Lama has made regular visit to the Mayo Clinic in recent years for medical exams. He is expected to return to India on Saturday, reports note.

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Dalai Lama arrives in Rochester for checkup

On Sunday, several hundred members of the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota gathered to welcome him at Saint Marys Hospital, the Rochester Post-Bulletin is reporting. He walked among the well-wishers, shaking hands and speaking briefly with them. He also addressed a group of college students.