By Indy Hack
One month ago the Dalai Lama shocked the world when, on March 22nd, he cancelled all his overseas engagements for the rest of 2018, citing age and exhaustion as reasons. Less than three weeks later, on April 10th, he contacted his representatives in Russia to tell them he would visit Latvia in June and that they should arrange a venue for him to teach in.
What makes this turn of events unusual is that the Dalai Lama was never scheduled to visit Latvia in 2018; he had already visited in September 2017. The reason for the sudden change has nothing to do with a startling recovery from old age or exhaustion but everything to do with a cancer clinic in Riga, Latvia.
Latvia is home to the Global Virotherapy Cancer Clinic which uses the Riga Virus to treat cancer patients. The Riga Virus, or RigVir treatment is approved for use in Latvia, but not within other EU states, the US, or Japan. The Global Virotherapy Cancer Clinic, is just 12 miles from the Skonto Hall in Riga where the Dalai Lama taught in 2017 and will teach again in June.
Sources close to the Dalai Lama confirmed his reason for scheduling a visit to Latvia is primarily to, “try and find a cure for his cancer”. They revealed he was due to receive treatment there in late October 2017. Due to declining health the visit had to be brought forward to September which they say caused, “a logistical nightmare”, adding, “When it comes to his cancer everything else takes a back seat”.
I contacted the Global Virotherapy Cancer Clinic asking for a statement regarding these claims and received a reply from their CEO, Jānis Dobelis, demanding that I identify myself and my connection to the Dalai Lama.
Normally these inquiries are met with a standard response from the publicity/marketing team, not directly from the organisation’s CEO. Dobelis would neither confirm or deny that the Dalai Lama was a patient or that he was scheduled for an appointment in June.
Despite claims he’s “in good health” the Dalai Lama looks frail, requiring a monk to stand behind him and hold him whenever he’s in a group photo.