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UPDATE: Dalai Lama Tells Legislature to Be Compassionate

UPDATED Tuesday, May 14, 2013 --- 4:19 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Dalai Lama tells Wisconsin state lawmakers that the key to a successful life is not money or power but having love and affection for others.

The Dalai Lama spoke Tuesday in the state Assembly before members of both the state Assembly and Senate, as well as four members of the state Supreme Court and other guests.

Speaking in halting English for about half an hour, the Tibetan spiritual leader praised democracy saying the United States is "the greatest democratic country and leading nation of the free world."

He also elicited laughter by joking about a pair of shoes left under the podium where he was speaking, saying he's made many speeches but never seen that before.

The Dalai Lama met privately earlier on Tuesday with Gov. Scott Walker.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, May 14, 2013 --- 10:54 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he spent most of the time during his meeting with the Dalai Lama listening.

Walker met with the Dalai Lama on Tuesday morning, before the Tibetan spiritual leader was scheduled to give a speech before the Wisconsin Legislature.

Walker says "there wasn't a whole lot of dialogue" during his meeting at the Alliant Center in Madison, a couple miles away from the Capitol. Walker says of his meeting, "It was more or less a greeting. I spent most of the time listening."

Walker says the Dalai Lama gave him a couple of his books and talked about his travels and how happy he was to be back in Wisconsin. His visit this week is his ninth to Madison.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED, Tuesday, May 14, 2013 -- 5:32 a.m

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Dalai Lama is scheduled to deliver a 45-minute address to joint meeting of the Legislature on Tuesday afternoon.

The speech comes in the middle of a four-day visit to the Madison area for Tibet's spiritual leader. He's also scheduled to meet privately with Gov. Scott Walker.

The state Senate is scheduled to take a break from its business on Tuesday so its members can join with those in the Assembly for the speech.

The visit marks the ninth time the Dalai Lama has come to Madison.

The Dalai Lama is also scheduled to give a series of public talks in Madison on Tuesday and Wednesday and meet with Tibetan college students from Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin on Thursday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, May 13, 2013 --- 5:51 p.m.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -- The Dalai Lama has made a stop at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for a checkup.

The Post-Bulletin reports the 77-year-old Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader was spotted Sunday speaking with people outside of Saint Marys Hospital.

Mayo spokesman Bryan Anderson confirmed on Monday the Dalai Lama was at the clinic for a routine medical examination and has since left.

The Dalai Lama has made regular visits to the Mayo Clinic in past years. He is scheduled to be in Madison, Wis., this week for a series of panel discussions at the University of Wisconsin as part of the "Change Your Mind Change the World" conference. The Dalai Lama also is scheduled to speak to the Wisconsin Assembly on Tuesday and give a public speech in Madison on Wednesday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, May 9, 2013 --- 6:04 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker will meet privately with the Dalai Lama during the Tibetan spiritual leader's visit to Wisconsin next week.

Walker's spokesman Tom Evenson confirmed the private meeting to The Associated Press on Thursday. The Dalai Lama is also scheduled to speak to the state Assembly for 45 minutes on Tuesday.

His visit next week marks the ninth time he's come to Madison but the first time since Walker took over as governor in 2011.

His previous visit was in 2010 when Democrat Jim Doyle was governor.

The Dalai Lama will be in Madison for a series of panel discussions at the University of Wisconsin as part of the "Change Your Mind Change the World" conference. He is also giving a public speech in Madison on Wednesday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, May 7, 2013 --- 1:00 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Dalai Lama is scheduled to speak before the Wisconsin state Assembly on May 14.

The Tibetan spiritual leader is in Madison for a series of panel discussions at the University of Wisconsin the following day as part of the "Change Your Mind Change the World" conference. He is also giving a public speech on May 15 at the Overture Center in Madison.

The visit will be the ninth time the Dalai Lama has come to Madison.

He is scheduled to speak to the Assembly for 45 minutes.

The public event the next day is scheduled to focus on how science, economics, environments, emotional intelligence and health care can combine to make the world a healthier, happier place.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, March 12, 2013 --- 10:50 a.m.

Press Release from UW-Madison:

MADISON, Wis. - Event organizers today announced that the Dalai Lama will visit Madison on May 15, 2013, to lead "Change your Mind Change the World 2013," a series of panel discussions with thought leaders from a variety of fields, including neuroscience, economics and sustainability, moderated by Arianna Huffington and Daniel Goleman.

The event is co-hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center and the Global Health Institute.

"The dialogues at Change your Mind Change the World 2013 will revolve around how science, economics, environments, emotional intelligence and health care can combine to make the world a healthier, happier place," says Richard J. Davidson, founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, one of the organizers of Change your Mind Change the World 2013.

During the panel discussions, the experts will present their best work on global health and sustainable well-being, organizers say. The Dalai Lama will respond to these insights and add his own thoughts and encouragement of how to continue to bring these ideas forward in the world.

"Unsustainable consumption of natural resources now threatens the health of our planet and, subsequently, our human species," says Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute, another of the organizers of Change your Mind Change the World 2013. "Attendees will be challenged to explore new and interconnected solutions to global health problems. The complexity of these issues requires it."

Panel discussions will take place at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison and will feature:

- His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, leader of Tibetan Buddhism, internationally revered spiritual leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner, lifelong science aficionado;

- Don Berwick, national leader on health care quality, former CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, recent administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services;

- Richard J. Davidson, founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine, author of The New York Times bestseller "The Emotional Life of Your Brain";

- Daniel Goleman, psychologist, science journalist, author of The New York Times bestseller "Emotional Intelligence," named one of the 25 "Most Influential Business Management Books" by Time magazine;

- Arianna Huffington, author, syndicated columnist, founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post;

- Ilona Kickbusch, director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; interdisciplinary advisor on promoting health globally;

- Lord Richard Layard, professor, economist, director of the Center for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, co-author of the United Nations' "World Happiness Report";

- Jonathan Patz, whose work on global climate change led to a Nobel Peace Prize, director of the Global Health Institute and founding president of the International Association for Ecology and Health; and

- Mattieu Ricard, bestselling author, translator, photographer and Buddhist monk, author of "Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill," dubbed "the happiest person in the world" by popular media.

Tickets will go on sale in April 2013. For more information or to sign up for the pre-sale list, visit www.cmcw2013.com.

Change your Mind Change the World 2013 is sponsored by W. Jerome Frautschi, The George Family Foundation, Anonymous Donor, UW Health & Unity Insurance, University of Wisconsin-Madison's Office of the Chancellor, The Eagle and The Hawk Foundation, Jeffrey C. Walker, The Baumann Foundation, Mary P. Burke, University of Wisconsin-Madison University Research Park, Madison Gas and Electric Foundation, MetaStar, Peggy Hedberg, Tim and Mary Erdman, Dr. John B. and Carol T. Toussaint, TEC, Drs. Nick and Elaine Mischler and St. Mary's Hospital, with in-kind support from MSI, Promega and Krakora Studios.

About the co-hosts:

- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, UW-Madison

Led by neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson, the center conducts scientific research on healthy qualities of mind such as kindness, compassion, forgiveness and mindfulness. An inter-disciplinary team of scientists is exploring a wide range of ideas from the impact of a kindness curriculum in schools to the effectiveness of yoga and breathing exercises in reducing the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in military combat veterans. Through scientific research, the center is moving closer to understanding how healthy qualities of mind can be cultivated through mental skills training to improve our daily lives and foster positive change on a global scale, to help reduce suffering and increase happiness throughout the world. Learn more at www.investigatinghealthyminds.org.

- Global Health Institute, UW-Madison

The Global Health Institute expands UW-Madison's global health educational initiatives to examine the root causes of illness, including environmental, economic, social and political factors. Director Jonathan Patz, a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC) - the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize - believes highly integrated solutions will improve health today and ensure a healthy future for all. The Global Health Institute engages campus and global partners in collaborative research to alleviate the causes of illness and cultivate the next generation of health leaders. Learn more at www.ghi.wisc.edu.


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