The Dalai Lama speaks to the Wisconsin Legislature Tuesday

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MADISON (WITI) -- The Dalai Lama on Tuesday, May 14th spoke with members of the state's Legislature in his ninth visit to the state of Wisconsin.

In his address, the Dalai Lama told the Legislature, which has seen so much disagreement and discord over the last two years, that the key to happiness is recognizing the humanity of those we disagree with.

"It doesn't matter, difference of philosophy. Our aim is same. Try to become sensible human beings, compassionate human beings, so therefore a conflict in a democracy is really terrible," The Dalai Lama said.

The spiritual leader is also the Head of State in Tibet and joked with lawmakers about the stiffness of high office.

"I have to act like a statue.  No speak.  So these kinds of formality, I don't like.  I've always considered the six billion the same as you and me, whether king or queen or High Lama, or spiritual leader like The Lama, we are the same. The way we're born, the way we die -- same," The Dalai Lama said.

The Dalai Lama's message was one of concern and compassion, promoting understanding between different people.

"Six billion human beings -- basically the same.  Mentally, emotionally, physically, we are the same and more importantly, everyone wants a happy life, successful life and especially those chosen people here want a successful life -- at least in the next election," The Dalai Lama said.

The Dalai Lama told lawmakers they can work to make the world a healthier and happier place.

"When we examine the situation, ultimately the source of a successful life is not money.  It's not power.  It's here.  Inner value," The Dalai Lama said.