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Dalai Lama tells Legislature to be compassionate

Published On: May 14 2013 06:13:43 AM CDT   Updated On: May 14 2013 06:13:00 AM CDT
Dalai Lama
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.