Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education


Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education
Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education
Formation 2006
Location Vancouver, Canada
Website Official website

The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education is an international charitable organization and education center located in Vancouver, Canada. Established in 2005, the center describes its mission as "educating the heart and fostering compassion through creative learning, facilitating and applying research, and connecting people and ideas."[1][2]

The organization is advised by several prominent leaders involved in peace-making and has organized events centered on discussions of spirituality, climate change, the environment, peace and other topics.[3]

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History and mission

The 14th Dalai Lama's ties with Vancouver, Canada date from the early 1960s when Vancouver-based writer George Woodcock traveled to India to support Tibetan exiles and met the Dalai Lama. Over the years, the Dalai Lama visited Vancouver several times, in 1980, 1993, 2004, 2006 and 2009. The Dalai Lama's brother, Tendzin Choegyal, also has close ties with the city, having traveled there often to give speeches and teach.[4]

Victor Chan, a 30-year friend of the Dalai Lama, is founding director of the center.[5] Chan co-authored a book with the Dalai Lama called, The Wisdom of Forgiveness.[6] Chan reportedly raised $60 million to establish and organize the center and the Dalai Lama agreed to the use of his name in the organization's title.[7] According to the Dalai Lama, Vancouver was chosen as the center's location because its, "multiethnic and multiracial population gives it harmony."[8][9]

The center was formally inaugurated in September 2006 in Vancouver. The Dalai Lama, in attendance at the event, was awarded honorary Canadian citizenship by the government of Canada.[8][10] Also attending the inauguration were Tim Shriver, Deepak Chopra, and Sonja Lyubomirsky.[4] James Hoggan & Associates provided public relations services for the event.[11]

The center originally announced its intention to have a permanent facility constructed by 2009.[12][13] In a 2006 interview with the Vancouver Sun, Chan explained that the center's facility would be 4,645 square meters and include an outdoor European-style piazza, Zen garden, bookstore, film-screening theater, performing arts theater, art gallery, library, and studios for classes or group discussions. Chan stated that the facility would highlight the Dalai Lama's international connections, invite guest speakers, host interfaith dialogues, and hold discussions on peaceful resolutions to conflicts. Chan added that half of the center's $60 million budget would go to operating costs, research, local programming, and an endowment, and the rest towards construction of the facility and a meditative retreat.[13][14] As of March 2010, however, the center's website indicated that the organization had yet to construct a physical facility.[15]

In a press release, the organization stated that its goals were to,

Reach out and be open to all people, regardless of faith, culture or political affiliation. It will work to strengthen the bonds of human connection among all peoples and to share knowledge and explore principles that encourage people to live well together. The Center will translate the Dalai Lama's teachings on kindness, compassion and interconnectedness into programs directed at creating a more just and harmonious world.[11]

The Center added that it hopes to achieve this goal by promoting human values and stressing a sense of oneness with humanity.[11]

Governance

The Center has an international advisory board which is chaired by the Dalai Lama and includes:

  • Betty Williams
  • Desmond Tutu
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Jody Williams
  • Kim Campbell
  • Mairead Maguire
  • Sakyong Mipham
  • Rigoberta Menchu Tum
  • Shirin Ebadi
  • Tendzin Choegyal
  • Vaclav Havel


The Center is overseen by seven trustees, including:

  • Victor Chan
  • Brenda Eaton
  • Evan Alderson
  • Gwyn Morgan
  • James Hoggan
  • Martha C. Piper
  • Thomas Rafael.

Notable events

In October 2006 the Center hosted an invitation-only discussion group with economist John Helliwell and neuro-physiologist Richard Davidson. The discussion centered on happiness.[1]

Vancouver Peace Summit

The Center sponsored a summit in Vancouver in September 2009, called "The Vancouver Peace Summit". In various dialogues, including "World Peace through Personal Peace", "Nobel Laureates in Dialogue", and "Educating the Heart", speakers discussed spirituality, science, psychotherapy, the arts, business, and education. In attendance at the Summit were the Dalai Lama, Maria Shriver, Matthieu Ricard, Mary Robinson, Eckhart Tolle, Stephen Covey, Mairead Maguire, Betty Williams, Jody Williams, Murray Gell-Mann, and the Blue Man Group. The event was held at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and the Orpheum and was attended by 5,000 people.[5][6][16]

Speaker Series

Since its creation in 2005, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education (DLC) has been privileged to host a number of highly successful events with participation of world-renowned thinkers and leaders in social change aimed at creating a more compassionate, peaceful world.

One of the Center’s highly visible programs is the Speakers Series, focusing on the key areas of interest to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Center. These include science and its relationship to spirituality, education of the heart and related research, as well as the development of compassion and its contribution to the public good. Through public events held throughout the year, the Series helps to promote His Holiness’ vision, as well as to create, nourish and sustain the Center’s internal and external communities.

In 2010 alone, the Speakers Series guests included internationally-recognized scholars and a Nobel Peace Laureate. In June, the DLC hosted Dr John Helliwell, UBC Professor Emeritus of Economics and Officer of the Order of Canada; Dr Elizabeth Dunn, assistant professor in the UBC Department of Psychology and Dr Bill Harbaugh, economics professor at the University of Oregon, for a discussion on “Money, Generosity and Happiness.” The panelists presented their latest research from economics, social psychology and neuroscience that relate to the Dalai Lama’s insights gleaned from a lifetime of spiritual practice. They discussed altruism, charitable giving along with the factors that promote well-being and happiness in individuals, as well as in society.

In March, the DLC welcomed Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams back to Vancouver for an intimate talk about her personal journey and work. The audience got a unique insight into how Dr Williams and her colleagues around the world fought together to ban landmines - work recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr Williams also spoke about her tireless efforts to promote human rights through the work of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Earlier that month, Dr Paul Ekman, one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, made a presentation on “Darwin, the Dalai Lama and the Nature of Compassion.” Dr Ekman talked about the connection between an evolutionary and a Buddhist view of human nature. He also provided a new formulation of the nature of empathy, compassion, altruism and heroism.

Throughout 2007-2009, the Speakers Series hosted Dr Marc Brackett, Deputy Director of Yale University’s Health, Emotion and Behaviour Laboratory, and acclaimed author on social and emotional learning; Dr Arthur Zajonc, professor of physics and interdisciplinary studies at Amherst College, who has been closely involved with His Holiness the Dalai Lama through the Mind and Life Institute; and Daniel Goleman, best-selling author and internationally known psychologist who has introduced the concept of emotional intelligence. Political scientist Dr Robert Putnam; founder of Stony Brook University Center for Medical Humanities, Dr Stephen Post; author of intensely experiential and deeply transformative Meditating with the Body®, Dr Reginald Ray; and award-winning educator Daniel Siegel have also been guests of the Speakers Series.

In addition to hosting its own events, the DLC often co-sponsors events with other organizations, such as the Vancouver Board of Trade and Hollyhock Foundation.

Since its creation in 2005, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education (DLC) has been privileged to host a number of highly successful events with participation of world-renowned thinkers and leaders in social change aimed at creating a more compassionate, peaceful world.

One of the Center’s highly visible programs is the Speakers Series, focusing on the key areas of interest to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Center. These include science and its relationship to spirituality, education of the heart and related research, as well as the development of compassion and its contribution to the public good. Through public events held throughout the year, the Series helps to promote His Holiness’ vision, as well as to create, nourish and sustain the Center’s internal and external communities.

In 2010 alone, the Speakers Series guests included internationally-recognized scholars and a Nobel Peace Laureate. In June, the DLC hosted Dr John Helliwell, UBC Professor Emeritus of Economics and Officer of the Order of Canada; Dr Elizabeth Dunn, assistant professor in the UBC Department of Psychology and Dr Bill Harbaugh, economics professor at the University of Oregon, for a discussion on “Money, Generosity and Happiness.” The panelists presented their latest research from economics, social psychology and neuroscience that relate to the Dalai Lama’s insights gleaned from a lifetime of spiritual practice. They discussed altruism, charitable giving along with the factors that promote well-being and happiness in individuals, as well as in society.

In March, the DLC welcomed Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams back to Vancouver for an intimate talk about her personal journey and work. The audience got a unique insight into how Dr Williams and her colleagues around the world fought together to ban landmines - work recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr Williams also spoke about her tireless efforts to promote human rights through the work of the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

Earlier that month, Dr Paul Ekman, one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, made a presentation on “Darwin, the Dalai Lama and the Nature of Compassion.” Dr Ekman talked about the connection between an evolutionary and a Buddhist view of human nature. He also provided a new formulation of the nature of empathy, compassion, altruism and heroism.

Throughout 2007-2009, the Speakers Series hosted Dr Marc Brackett, Deputy Director of Yale University’s Health, Emotion and Behaviour Laboratory, and acclaimed author on social and emotional learning; Dr Arthur Zajonc, professor of physics and interdisciplinary studies at Amherst College, who has been closely involved with His Holiness the Dalai Lama through the Mind and Life Institute; and Daniel Goleman, best-selling author and internationally known psychologist who has introduced the concept of emotional intelligence. Political scientist Dr Robert Putnam; founder of Stony Brook University Center for Medical Humanities, Dr Stephen Post; author of intensely experiential and deeply transformative Meditating with the Body®, Dr Reginald Ray; award-winning educator Daniel Siegel; and neuro-physiologist Richard Davidson have also been guests of the Speakers Series.

In addition to hosting its own events, the DLC often co-sponsors events with other organizations, such as the Vancouver Board of Trade and Hollyhock Foundation.

References

  1. ^ a b Gram, Karen (October 28, 2006). "Happiness - We all just need a little faith and a point of view". Vancouver Sun (Vancouver). http://psyphz.psych.wisc.edu/web/News/vancouver_sun_10-06.html. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  2. ^ "URGENT Media Advisory - Media Q & A with His Holiness the Dalai Lama CHANGED to 10:15 am PST" (Press release). Ottawa: Canada NewsWire. September 7, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Past events". dalailamacenter.org. http://dalailamacenter.org/events/past. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  4. ^ a b Todd, Douglas (September 6, 2006). "Dalai Lama to build education centre". Vancouver Sun (Vancouver). 
  5. ^ a b O'Brian, Amy (September 28, 2009). "Look within, peace summit told; Change yourself, and then the world, Tibetan spiritual leader says". Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa). http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Look+within+yourself+peace+Dalai+Lama/2046581/story.html. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  6. ^ a b Todd, Douglas (June 16, 2009). "Toward a more enlightened society; Spiritual leaders, scientists at Vancouver event will look for ways to make the world a happier place". Vancouver Sun (Vancouver). http://www.vancouversun.com/Technology/Toward+more+enlightened+society/1700677/story.html. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  7. ^ Mickleburgh, Rod (September 11, 2006). "Dalai Lama awarded honorary citizenship". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 
  8. ^ a b Associated Press (September 8, 2006). "Dalai Lama says he's proud of honorary Canadian citizenship". Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston). 
  9. ^ Hainsworth, Jeremy (September 8, 2006). "Dalai Lama arrives in Canada to open educational center in his name". America's Intelligence Wire. 
  10. ^ Scott, Michael (September 8, 2006). "Mother's touch brings inner peace". National Post (Toronto). 
  11. ^ a b c "Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education to be established in Vancouver; The Dalai Lama will visit Vancouver September 8–10, 2006 to inaugurate the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education" (Press release). Ottawa: Canada NewsWire. May 18, 2006. http://www.tibet.ca/en/newsroom/wtn/archive/old?y=2006&m=5&p=24_9. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  12. ^ "Mayor Sam Sullivan welcomes his Holiness The Dalai Lama to Vancouver for the official inauguration of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education" (Press release). Ottawa: Canada NewsWire. September 7, 2006. 
  13. ^ a b Bellett, Gerry (May 19, 2006). "Dalai Lama to visit in September: Spiritual leader to open centre bearing his name". Vancouver Sun (Vancouver). 
  14. ^ Gram, Karen (September 7, 2006). "Vancouver to host Dalai Lama centre". Vancouver Sun (Vancouver). 
  15. ^ "About: History". Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. http://dalailamacenter.org/about/history.php. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  16. ^ "How to Watch the Vancouver Peace Summit Online: Dalai Lama Center and CTV announce Live Webcast" (Press release). Toronto: Marketwire. September 25, 2009. 

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