NEW INFORMATION: Dalai Lama tells Legislature to be compassionate

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

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.
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.

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