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Dalai Lama Assures Supporters He's In Good Health

Update Date: Feb 23, 2016 10:43 AM EST

The highly respected Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel Peace laureate Dalai Lama assured a worrying faithful 3,000-strong crowd at the Minneapolis Convention Center that he is in good health amid reports of deteriorating condition.

According to a report by Fox News, the 80-year-old leader is currently receiving treatment for prostate problems since arriving at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota last month.

As he addressed devotees in celebration of the Tibetan New Year, the 14th Dalai Lama delivered a lengthy discourse on "Eight Verses of Mind Training" and partly discussed on US hot button issue like gun control.

"The worst thing, even in the name of religion, is killing each other. It's unthinkable. Ultimately gun control must take place here. If people ... are to respect each other's lives - then these destructive actions eventually reduce or eventually can disappear," said he while pointing to his heart as reported by Twin Cities.

He also expounded on topics like compassion, inner beauty, and happiness.

"I'm now turning 81 or 82 and I take this opportunity to thank everyone for keeping up the Tibetan culture and religion. Basic human nature is more compassionate, more loving kindness. So that is the basis of our hope, if we make some effort," said the elderly spiritual Tibetan leader as quoted by Star Tribune.

In a nutshell, the Dalai Lama has been regarded as a politically dangerous symbolic head of Tibetan separatist movement since his exile to India in 1959. The Dalai Lama, on the other hand, repeatedly argued that he did not wished for independence but rather sought for greater Tibetan autonomy in a peaceful dialogue with Beijing's Communist leaders.

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