Dalai Lama to meet with Minnesota Tibetans; only event during US trip

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The Dalai Lama plans to hold a private audience with Minnesota Tibetans in Rochester on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists has been in Rochester since last week for a medical evaluation at Mayo Clinic.

Doctors advised rest for the 80-year-old, who canceled the U.S. appearances he had scheduled in October. One of his secretaries said over the weekend that the Dalai Lama is not ill, but plans to return to his home in India on Saturday for rest.

The Post Bulletin says according to the Dalai Lama's office, Minnesota Tibetans requested the meeting with him. The gathering at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Mayo Civic Center will last 30 to 45 minutes and is not open to the public, the newspaper reports.

Minnesota's large population of Tibetan-Americans is the second-biggest in the U.S.

The Dalai Lama regularly travels to Rochester for his medical care and in 2012 he spoke to a gathering of Mayo employees.

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