Dalai Lama Cancels Trips Due to 'Exhaustion'

Spiritual leader takes rest after months of traveling the globe
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2008 1:53 PM CDT
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, bow at the inauguration of the Buddhist Lerab Ling temple in southern France, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008.    (AP Photo/Pascal Guyot, Pool)
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(Newser) – Citing "exhaustion," the Dalai Lama has canceled plans to travel, the AP reports. A spokesman said the Tibetan spiritual leader would not go to Mexico and the Dominican Republic, and instead would rest and undergo medical tests for the next three weeks. The 73-year-old has had an intense few months since the Lhasa protests in March, and he recently finished an 11-day trip through France.