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Posted by Tracy Smyth on 2014-10-15 15:15

In the heart of Vancouver’s downtown eastside, a neighbourhood struggling with poverty and a myriad of social challenges, is a place that strives for social transformation using two very special vehicles.  The first is children, the second is music - together they make the magic of positive change. In a neighbourhood where many children may not have the opportunity to experience quality music education, the Saint James Music Academy (SJMA) offers just that through afterschool and outreach programs. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-10-14 15:26

By Melody SchalmWe had a house full of visiting family this past weekend for Canadian Thanksgiving.   To free up beds for our guests, my three young kids and I camped out on foam mattresses on my six year-old son’s bedroom floor each night.  Although blanket hogging and “you crushed my stuffy!” protests could be heard, to me our makeshift sleeping arrangements were a joy, like a bonus fair weather family camping adventure in October. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-09-22 11:44

BY MELODY SCHALM I have recently been asking myself:  How do we best become 'the village’ that helps raise kind, happy and resilient kids? more

Posted by Tracy Smyth on 2014-08-11 12:30

How “alive” is your classroom?The following is the second of two blogs that explore the connection between nature and kindness through the stories of those who care for young children. more

Posted by Tracy Smyth on 2014-07-28 12:11

Have you played outside today?The following is part one of two blogs that explore the connection between nature and kindness through the stories of those who care for young children. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-07-23 09:13

By Aiden MacIntyre How can we allow businesses and their employees to share in the social responsibility we have to other human beings? If it truly does "take a village to raise a child" what role do individuals and companies have to play? more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-16 14:22

What is the quality "Alert and Engaged"? Children who are alert and engaged are able to manage and direct their own feelings, thoughts and emotions. In general, they are able to be ‘present’ and to demonstrate self control.  Being alert and engaged involves the ability to manage your attention and to hold yourself back, especially when you don’t want to.  more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-11 14:56

By Matthew ClarkeThe final day of Heart-Mind 2014 began with our opening keynote speaker, Mark Greenberg, leading the auditorium in a mindfulness exercise. It was a simple task, but a powerful one.  more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-10 14:53

By Matthew ClarkeClosing out Day 2 of Heart-Mind 2014 was a talk by Chief Dr Robert Joseph, a Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk Nation, and a leader in the Reconciliation Movement. He is dedicated to bridging the differences brought by intolerance, lack of understanding and racism.  more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-10 10:00

 “Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility.  In that state of mind you can deal with situations with calmness and reason, while keeping your inner happiness” Dalai Lama more