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Posted by Courtney Lawrence on 2014-10-30 13:21

Last week I had the incredible honour of being in the presence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at the #BeTheVillage dialogues held in Vancouver. As anticipated, it was a life changing couple of days. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-10-24 10:41

At the Heart-Mind Youth Dialogue in Vancouver, the Dalai Lama talked to Matthew Morin, recent graduate of John Oliver Secondary, about the importance of the relationship with a child's mother.  more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-10-24 09:26

By Melody SchalmI had the great privilege this week of attending both the Heart-Mind Youth Dialogue at John Oliver secondary school, in which the Dalai Lama spoke with students about their personal experiences with heart-mind learning, and later the same day, the Heart-Mind Summit with community and thought leaders at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  more

Posted by Tracy Smyth on 2014-10-15 14:15

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 14:26

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 10:44

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 11:30

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 11:11

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 08:13

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 13:22

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