The 14th Dalai Lama, considered the incarnation of the god of compassion by over five million Tibetans, sounded downright human as he talked to reporters after inaugurating a metabolic and bariatric surgery institute at
'Last year, when my gall bladder was making me very sick, I had to seek help from Dr. Pradeep Chowbey, the surgeon at
The Dalai Lama had undergone a gall baldder surgery on October 10 last year. 'Although a part of my body is missing, I feel so much better now.'
The head of the Tibetan government-in-exile based in Dharamsala, His Holiness, was in his characteristic jovial spirit. Taking a lighthearted dig at traditional cures, he said 'The local Tibetan medicine, which I took for almost 20 years, failed to cure me. My surgery proved the Dalai Lama has no healing powers. I am no healer,' he said.
He praised modern day medicine, which he said has cures for everything. 'So far, there has been no medicine, no surgery for inner peace,' he said.
'There is a need to make more medical facilities available for millions of people in rural areas of
'While spirituality heals, it cannot be the only medicine. For a billion population,