Dalai Lama arrives in US for knee surgery

June 24, 2024
Nancy Pelosi, former US House speaker, meeting with the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, India, on Wednesday. — Reuters

NEW YORK: Tibet´s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived on Sunday in New York to undergo knee surgery, drawing a warm and festive welcome from thousands of followers.


His office in the Indian hill town of Dharamsala, his adopted home, announced early this month that the 88-year-old Buddhist spiritual leader would travel to the United States to undergo “treatment” on his knees.

He is scheduled to have surgery on both knees, but no further details have been released.

Followers, many wearing traditional Tibetan outfits, waited outside the Dalai Lama´s Manhattan hotel in crushing heat hoping to catch a glimpse of the man.