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Dalai Lama addresses Wisconsin Legislature

MADISON (WKOW) -- A man respected worldwide as a religious and political leader spoke to the Wisconsin State Legislature Tuesday afternoon.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama addressed state lawmakers for the first time in 15 years.

The Dalai Lama peacefully challenged the Chinese occupation of Tibet as that country's leader in-exile for forty years.  He stepped down as Tibet's political leader in 2011, but he is still the country's spiritual leader and shared his wisdom with the State Representatives and Senators.

A number of lawmakers greeted the Dalai Lama with white scarves, which he then blessed in the Buddhist tradition.  He spoke for over 20 minutes about the importance of Democracy, saying power in the hands of just a few people is dangerous.

The Dalai Lama also talked about why its important for leaders to consider all people as the same, because it is not material things that make us the special people we are.

"When we examine, when we analyze the situation, ultimately the cause of success for life is not money, not power, but here inner value," said the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama also met with Governor Scott Walker earlier in the day, who said he didn't say a lot to His Holiness but listened to him.  He also accepted a couple of the Dalai Lama's books as gifts.

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