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22november20091New Delhi: Upon his return from Rome, Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama spent a few days attending conferences in the Indian capital and inaugurating a surgery facility at Max Hospital in Saket.

On 21 November, His Holiness spoke before a group of over 40 scholars from 17 countries at Delhi University, during the final session of a three-day conference on Tibet's history and culture.

The exiled Tibetan leader quipped, "I am an honorary professor here...but in reality I am a hopeless professor because at first I find no time to carry on with the duties of professorship and secondly, I am lazy."

That same day, he inaugurated a metabolic and bariatric surgery institute at Max Hospital in Saket. Again, His Holiness exhibited his characteristic humor, claiming that his gall bladder surgery last year proved that he has no miraculous healing powers.

On a more serious note, the Tibetan spiritual leader stated that, "While spirituality heals, it cannot be the only medicine. For a billion population, India still needs to develop a lot of facilities, particularly in rural areas".

"There is a need to make more medical facilities available for millions of people in rural areas of India. Big private hospitals should help extend services to villages, where people have no help," he continued.

His Holiness added, however, that spirituality does play an important role in health, because, "So far, there has been no medicine, no surgery, for inner peace."

Yesterday, the Nobel Peace laureate attended the last day of the "Hind Swaraj Centenary Commemoration" at Surajkund, near Delhi. The conference had gathered to "discuss challenges for nonviolence based on the day-to-today lives of people in conflict zones and how they face them practicing Gandhian values".

Tomorrow, His Holiness is scheduled to give a teaching on Atisha's Lamp of the Path to Enlightment at the Main Temple in Dharamsala, at the request of Russian devotees. On 25-26 November, he will confer the 13-Deity Yamantaka Initiation.

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