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Dalai Lama talks ethics, altruism, compassion in Madison speech

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Dalai Lama says the world’s greatest problems can be addressed by teaching ethics to youngsters at an early age – and stress altruism and compassion.

The spiritual leader of Tibet told about 2,000 people in Madison that each individual must have a role in solving societal problems. He said the entire world faces some type of moral crisis – and people must think in a more holistic way.

The Dalai Lama told audience members to share his comments with 10 people, so they can tell 10 more.

His address was part of a day-long conference sponsored by the UW-Madison Center for Investigating Healthy Minds – which the Dalai Lama helped dedicate a couple years ago.

He also said stress costs American businesses around $300 billion a year. He added that the growing gap between the rich and the poor is, “morally wrong.”

The Dalai Lama has been in Madison for most of the week. Thursday, he was scheduled to meet with Tibetan college students from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois.