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Dalai Lama says high priests to discuss adult successor

83-year-old brushes off terminal cancer rumor but reveals 2016 treatment

The Dalai Lama says he has asked Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to end the Rohingya crisis. (Photo by Yuji Kuronuma)

DHARAMSHALA, India -- The 14th Dalai Lama on Monday said a committee of high priests are deliberating over the selection of his successor. The spiritual leader of the Tibetan people also hinted at terminating the traditional practice of finding an infant reincarnation of the Dalai Lama.

In an interview with Nikkei and other news organizations, the 83-year-old said his successor will be "a high lama or high scholar," or a person "around 20 years old."

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