Dalai Lama Plans Madison Visit in May

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EXCERPT from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dalai Lama to visit, inaugurate new center at UW
The 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, will visit the University of Wisconsin–Madison May 15 and 16 to inaugurate a new center devoted to the study of healthy mind development, the university said Wednesday.

The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, founded by UW neuroscientist Richard Davidson, was created to study scientifically how healthy minds develop and what can be done to cultivate those qualities in children and adults.

Davidson, a professor of psychology and psychiatry and director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, has worked with expert meditation practitioners to determine how meditation changed their brains to encourage happiness, compassion and kindness. The center, the university said, will extend that research to a broader audience and will be the first of its kind to include meditation space and a brain imaging lab under one roof.

“When I met the Dalai Lama in 1992, he challenged me to adapt the tools of Western science, used to study fear and depression, to the study of positive qualities, like kindness and compassion. The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds is a response to that challenge,” Davidson said in a statement.

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