Dalai Lama will speak at Mayo Clinic Monday

The Dalai Lama will address Mayo Clinic staff Monday at the chapel of Saint Marys Hospital in downtown Rochester, Minn., according to the Post-Bulletin.

Mayo Clinic confirmed the private address. John Noseworthy, MD, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic, will introduce the Tibetan Buddhist leader to a select number of employees, who will lead a discussion on compassion in healthcare, according to the report.

The event will be moderated by TV and radio host Cathy Wurzer. The discussion is not open to the public, but people can watch it online at www.dalailama.com.

The 80-year-old Dalai Lama's health has raised concerns among many after he had to cancel his U.S. speaking tour last fall due to ongoing prostate problems. He sought care from the Mayo Clinic in January.

However, over the weekend, the Tibetan Buddhist leader spoke to a crowd of 3,000 people in Minneapolis. He appeared energized during his presentation, speaking to the crowd for three hours — twice as long as planned, according to the report.

The Dalai Lama's media team said the spiritual leader is in good health.

"It's an extremely joyous occasion," said Tsewang Chokden, media coordinator for the Tibetan-American Foundation of Minnesota. "After having been through this treatment, everyone was interested in his health and well-being. After seeing him here looking vibrant and healthy, we are all very excited today."

The Dalai Lama has another speaking engagement planned for March 9 in Madison, Wis.

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