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9october20093Adam Yauch, of American rap band the Beastie Boys, has returned to the US following his convalescence from cancer in Dharamsala, northern India. Yauch had a malignant lump removed from his left salivary gland in July and then visited Dharamsala , where Tibetan doctors prescribed herbal medicine and recommended an organic-vegan diet.

In an e-mail to his fans, Yauch said, "I'm feeling healthy, strong and hopeful that I've beaten this thing, but of course time will tell."

Whist in Dharamsala, 45-year-old Yauch attended a three-day teaching by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He also visited Jamyang Choeling nunnery, of which he is a sponsor. "They did a puja (religious ceremony) for me to help me get well," he said. "One nun said to me, 'We do prayers and then you are better'. So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

"When I first met them, I think there were only 13 nuns and they were living in some abandoned cow sheds," he explained. "Then they bought some land with some donations, and they started building rooms for housing, classrooms, a prayer hall and stupas."

Since the mid-1990s, Yauch and the other Beastie Boys have been active members of the Free Tibet movement. Yauch co-founded the Milarepa Fund and helped launch the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco in 1996.

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