The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, and an ethical and moral leader to many more, is scheduled to visit Madison on March 9 to participate in a panel discussion at Overture Center’s Capitol Theater.
It will be his 10th visit to the city.
The Capitol Theater event, titled “The World We Make,” will be a gathering of world leaders in science, health care and the media, according to sponsor the Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison.
The Dalai Lama is a longtime friend of the center’s founder, UW-Madison neuroscience professor Richard Davidson, who also will participate.
The focus of the panel discussion will be to “look at what we can do now to forge a different path forward than the trajectory we’re on,” said Marianne English Spoon, a center spokeswoman.
The Dalai Lama confirmed his participation only recently, so many logistics are still to be worked out, including ticket availability, Spoon said.
Although the event will be public, seating will be limited, she said.
The Capitol Theater seats a little over 1,000 people.
The larger Overture Hall already was booked, Spoon said.
The panel discussion will be live-streamed online for a global audience, she said.
The Dalai Lama has a long association with Madison due to his friendship with the late Geshe Lhundub Sopa, an internationally revered Buddhist teacher who founded Deer Park Buddhist Center in 1975.
It is located near the village of Oregon, about 10 miles south of Madison.
Geshe Sopa died in 2014.
The Dalai Lama last visited Madison in May of 2013, spending four days here and making three public appearances.
At the largest event, he addressed a sold-out crowd of 3,500 in Exhibition Hall at Alliant Energy Center.
The Dalai Lama was traveling Tuesday to the U.S. for prostate treatment and a medical checkup, the Tibetan spiritual leader’s website said.
However, he told reporters before leaving the Himalayan hill town of Dharamsala that he had no “specific health complaints,” according to The Associated Press.
The 80-year-old leader’s website said he “is scheduled to undergo prostate treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, followed by a period of rest from the end of January 2016 for approximately one month.”
The website did not give any details about the treatment.
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