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Established in 2005, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education is a secular, non-political, not-for-profit organization. We are inspired by the Dalai Lama's belief in the importance of balancing the education of children's minds with that of educating their hearts. We educate the hearts of children by inofrming, inspiring and engaging the communities around them. By sharing current research, scientific knowledge and best practices related to social and emotional development, we support the adults who can help children feel secure and calm, approach situations with curiosity and confidence, solve problems peacefully, and get along with others. All of our programs aim to create supports and environments to enable positive human qualities in children and youth.
The Dalai Lama Center held its inaugural Heart-Mind Conference at UBC Point Grey. The theme of this sold-out event was How Mindfulness Helps Children Thrive.
The Dalai Lama Center unveiled a Bold Vision for BC's Children and Youth. The plan sets out to answer the Dalai Lama's question: "How can we educate the hearts of children?"
Sir Ken Robinson, world renowned educational expert, spoke to a sold out Vancouver Playhouse for Educating the Heart and Mind.
The DLC named Lynn Green, formerly Associate Superintendent with the Vancouver Board of Education, as President and CEO.
The DLC hosted the Vancouver Peace Summit: Nobel Laureates in Dialogue in Vancouver in September 2009.
The DLC sponsored several events in 2008, including a weekend with Daniel Goleman, author of the New York Times bestsellers Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence.
At the invitation of the Center, the Dalai Lama agreed to host the first Vancouver Dialogues in September 2006 and committed to regularly visit Vancouver to further the work of the Dalai Lama Center, including participating in a series of lectures with Nobel Laureates, educators, scientists, business leaders and visionary thinkers.
An Open Space Dialogue with interested members of the public was held in April to examine the role of the Center in the local community.
The Dalai Lama Peace and Education Center was established as a Charitable Trust on September 21, 2005.
A board of International Advisors was established. The Dalai Lama articulated his vision for the Center in meetings with Victor Chan and others in Gothenburg, Sweden; Wiesbaden, Germany; Tucson, Arizona; and Dharamsala, India.
Initial funding was secured to proceed with the establishment of the Center.
The Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, visited Vancouver to give two public talks and to participate in a roundtable dialogue with other visionary thinkers and Nobel Laureates. He also received honorary degrees from both UBC and SFU.
As a result of the overwhelming public response to the visit, the vision of a Dalai Lama Center committed to educating the heart was conceived by Victor Chan and endorsed by the Dalai Lama.