Dalai Lama to Undergo Surgery to Remove Gall Stone

A spokesman for the Dalai Lama says the Tibetan leader will undergo surgery to remove a gall stone.

Chhime R. Chhoekyapa, the spokesman, says "a gall stone will be removed."

The Dalai Lama was hospitalized in New Delhi early Friday, just days after a medical checkup cleared the Tibetan spiritual leader to resume foreign travel.

In August, the 73-year-old Dalai Lama was admitted to a Mumbai hospital and underwent tests for abdominal discomfort. Doctors advised him to cancel a planned trip to Europe and rest, saying he was suffering from exhaustion.

The Dalai Lama normally spends several months a year traveling the world to teach Buddhism and highlight the Tibetans' struggle for greater freedom in China.