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Madison, US: His Holiness the Dalai Lama has donated $50,000 from his personal trust to support research into the science behind kindness and compassion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US.

According to an Associated Press report, the grant to the school's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds came after His Holiness
visited in May to promote its work.

The center's director Richard Davidson says the gift was completely unexpected and unsolicited, and that researchers are deeply honoured by His Holiness' support.

The center is looking into how healthy human qualities such as kindness, empathy and compassion are developed and might be nurtured.