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Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama addresses an audience at the Capitol Theater during an event to celebrate the opening of the Center of Investigating Healthy Minds on May 16, 2010.


The Dalai Lama, who serves as both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet, is scheduled to visit Madison in May as part of a one-day series of panel discussions on making the world a healthier, happier place.

The event, to be moderated by Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and psychologist Daniel Goleman, will be at Overture Hall in Overture Center.

Tickets will go on sale in April, with prices ranging from $10 to $200.

The visit furthers a long relationship between the city and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. This will be his ninth visit to Madison.

He was last here in May of 2010 for a public talk with Richard Davidson, founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center on the UW-Madison campus. The center is co-hosting the May 15 event with the Global Health Institute at UW-Madison.

Titled “Change Your Mind, Change the World 2013,” the panel discussions will bring together leaders from a variety of fields, including neuroscience, economics and sustainability. Organizers said the Dalai Lama will respond to the insights of these “thought leaders” and add his own views on how to continue to promote these ideas in the world.

“Attendees will be challenged to explore new and interconnected solutions to global health problems,” said Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute. “The complexity of these issues requires it.”

There will be a morning session on global health and well-being and an afternoon session on science, happiness and well-being. The Dalai Lama is scheduled to take part in both sessions.

Prices for the morning session range from $40 to $200. Afternoon prices range from $10 to $100.

Tickets will go on sale in April through the Overture Center box office. Overture Hall seats about 2,200.

A limited number of tickets will be available in a pre-sale prior to the public offering. For a chance to purchase tickets early, or for more information on the event or general ticket sales, go here.