DHARAMSALA, India, Feb 12 (AFP) - Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has cancelled all appointments for three months--including a planned North American visit--to fully recover from a recent bowel infection, his private office said Tuesday.

"His Holiness has cancelled all appointments, interviews, and audiences in February, March, and April," Ngawang Gyaltsen, assistant to the Dalai Lama's private secretary, told AFP.

"As a result, the scheduled visit to the United States and Canada in April has also been cancelled," Gyaltsen said.

"His Holiness is feeling much better, but his doctors have recommended complete rest during his convalescence."

The Tibetan leader had been due to tour North America from April 12 to 30, giving a series of lectures and teachings in New York, Boston, and Ottawa.

The Dalai Lama, 66, was discharged from Bombay's Lilavati Hospital on February 2 after undergoing a week-long treatment for a bowel infection.

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