Speaking to a crowd of nearly 12,000 at the Kohl Center on Friday, the Dalai Lama talked about improving our lives by caring about those around us. The exiled spiritual leader of Tibet says compassion is the ultimate source of living a happy life.

However, the Dalai Lama warned about being too concerned with the future. He says we are often content with the present, but look ahead to the next day or even next decade too often.

Fighting our fears also served as central message of the Buddhist monk's speech. He says controlling our fear can help increase our confidence and will to live.

The Dalai Lama's appearance ended a three-day visit to the Madison area. Thousands came from across the country this week to hear him speak or to take part in spiritual classes.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (MP3 1:32)

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