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His Holiness Underlines Infusing Compassion and Warm-heartedness into Education System

October 13, 2009

Tibet Custom
October 9, 2009

Washington, DC -- Deliberating during a session
on "Educating World Citizens" for the 21st
Century at the 19th conference of Mind and Life
on Thursday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
underscored the importance of reforming the
education system to include education on compassion and warm-heartedness.

His Holiness also emphasised the importance of
teacher-student relationship and the need for
proper attitude on the part of the teacher.

His Holiness quoted the Buddhist master Aryadeva
about the need for teachers to adopt a sense of
concern and caring for their students, very much
in the way parents show concern over their children.

The conference began with introductory remarks by
R. Adam Engle, Chairman and co-founder of the
Mind and Life Institute, who spoke on
the  historical development of the conference,
from the first one held in Dharamsala in 1987.

The first session was focussed on Envisioning the
World Citizen, which was moderated by Daniel
Goleman who covers behavioral science and health
for the New York Times. His Holiness the Dalai
Lama and Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and
President of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF),
made the initial presentation. His Holiness
talked about the importance of reforming the
education system to include education on compassion and warm-heartedness.

Among the panelists were Dr. Jacquelynne S.
Eccles (McKeachie/Pintrich Distinquished
University Professor of Psychology and Education
at the University of Michigan (UM) and Senior
Research Scientist at the Institute for Social
Research at the UM), Linda Darling-Hammond,
Professor of Education at Stanford University
where she has launched the Stanford Educational
Leadership Institute and the School Redesign
Network,  and Ven. Matthieu Ricard, a French
Buddhist monk at Shechen Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.

This session involved these experts in education,
moral  philosophy, secular ethics and
contemplative practice, and development science
discussing a renewed vision of public education –
one that draws upon both the wisdom of
contemplative traditions and their associated
practices as well as the cutting edge ideas in
education and the sciences of human learning and
development. His Holiness shared anecdotes from
his childhood that reflected the importance of a wholesome education.

His Holiness participated in the second session
of the conference, which was on Attention,
Emotion Regulation and Learning.   It was
moderated by Daniel Goleman.  The initial
presentation was made by Richard J. Davidson,
William James and Vilas Research Professor of
Psychology and Psychiatry, at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. The panelists were Anne
Carolyn Klein, Professor of Religious Studies at
Rice University and a founding director and
resident teacher of Dawn Mountain, a center for
contemplative study and practice in Houston,
Ronald E. Dahl, Professor of Psychiatry and
Pediatrics, and Professor of Psychology at the
University of Pittsburgh,  Kathleen McCartney,
Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education
and the Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early
Childhood Development, and Mark Greenberg, the
Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research in
Penn State's College of Health and Human Development.

In his remarks in this session, His Holiness
touched on the importance of teacher-student
relationship and the need for proper attitude on the part of the teacher.

In the afternoon, His Holiness gave an interview
to Wolf Blitzer of CNN, which was broadcast later
in the evening on his Situation Room program.
When asked when he would be meeting President
Obama. His Holiness said either at the end of the
year or the beginning of next year. When asked
about the possibility of a new round of dialogue
between his envoys and the Chinese leadership,
His Holiness said he felt that there could be
talks either at the end of the year or the
beginning of next year.  He also gave reasons why
sometimes rather than merely meeting symbolically
other substantive action may be appropriate.
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