Dalai Lama says he is in good health after treatment for prostate problems

The Dalai Lama address the audience at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 in Minneapolis. Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP

MINNEAPOLIS – The Dalai Lama is assuring his followers that he is in good health, despite receiving treatment in the U.S. for a prostate condition.

The 80-year-old Tibetan Buddhist leader spoke to about 3,000 people Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The Dalai Lama arrived last month at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The Star Tribune reports he told the crowd he’d been receiving treatment for prostate problems.

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Instead of making the faithful travel to Rochester, the Dalai Lama decided to come to Minneapolis to give a short talk and celebrate the Tibetan new year.

Speaking in both English and Tibetan, the Dalai Lama spoke about values, compassion, humility and the duty of elders and adult Tibetans to pass on the culture and religion of his homeland to a new generation.