While the pope's in New York, Dalai Lama makes annual visit to Minnesota


While the East Coast has been giving Pope Francis a rapturous welcome this week, another spiritual leader is paying a visit to Minnesota.

The Rochester Post Bulletin reports the Dalai Lama has been in Rochester for his annual checkup at the Mayo Clinic, and that several people on social media mentioned seeing him in the city.

According to Reuters, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Laureate is not unwell, nor did he have any plans to head to New York, where world leaders are meeting for the United Nations general assembly.

The Post Bulletin notes that during past visits to Rochester the Dalai Lama has regular given talks to employees at the Mayo, and in 2009 he spoke to "hundreds" of Tibetans at the Saint Mary's Hospital chapel.

He was also in the Twin Cities last year, when he celebrated the Tibetan New Year in St. Paul with appearances at Augsburg and Macalester colleges. It was the first time he had spent the New Year outside of India since his exile from Tibet.

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