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Dalai Lama gives $50,000 to support brain research

September 11, 2010

Associated Press (AP)
September 10, 2010

The Dalai Lama has given $50,000 from his
personal trust to support research into the
science behind kindness and compassion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The grant to the school's Center for
Investigating Healthy Minds comes after the Dalai
Lama promoted its work during a visit to Madison in May.

Center Director Richard Davidson says the gift
was completely unexpected and unsolicited, and
that researchers "are deeply honored" by the
Tibetan spiritual leader's support.

The center is looking into how healthy qualities
of mind such as kindness, empathy and compassion
develop and might be nurtured. The center has not
decided yet how to use the grant, but Davidson
pledges it will be "in the most beneficial way possible."
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