Dalai Lama heading to Mayo Clinic for another checkup


The Dalai Lama is returning to Mayo Clinic for a checkup this week.

An announcement on the Tibetan spiritual leader's website says he is leaving Dharamsala, India, for Rochester, where he'll undergo prostate treatment.

Before leaving Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama said he had no "specific health complaints," The Associated Press says, but did say he had minor swelling in his right eye.

The Dalai Lama has been coming to the Mayo Clinic for regular health checkups for nearly a decade. He was most recently in Minnesota in September. Doctors instructed the 80-year-old to rest, which prompted him to cancel his public appearances for the month of October.

Following this month's treatment in Rochester, he's expected to rest for about a month. He's expected to resume his regular schedule in March, the website says.

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