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Dalai Lama Makes 10th Visit to Madison


The Dalai Lama made his 10th visit to Madison Wednesday. His Holiness spoke in front of an audience of about 1,000 people at the Capitol Theater at the Overture Center.

Leaders from the University of Wisconsin and beyond discussed the science behind meditation and the virtues taught by the Dalai Lama. His Holiness talked about how those practices can help improve mental health.

One avid meditator News 3 spoke to said the Dalai Lama should be a role model for everyone not just Buddhists.

“It is uplifting to see a man of his age in such great shape and so joyful and spreading that joy to everybody in that room and it’s definitely true that people pick up his vibration,” Mary Roberts, an audience member and longtime meditator, said.

The event wasn’t important just for longtime followers. Brent Gerlach a volunteer and audience member at the event was very excited to see the Dalai Lama for the first time.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity just to have the honor to share space with somebody that is so influential to so many people around the world. It’s kind of surreal,” Gerlach, an audience member at the event, said.

The Dalai Lama has strong ties to Madison, and works closely with the UW Center for Healthy Minds. The last time he visited was in 2013.