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Posted by Dave Samis on 2015-07-06 00:00

Today is the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday, which his Holiness will celebrate in California this year during the Global Compassion Summit. Enthroned as the 14th Dalai Lama in 1940 at the age of four-years-old, His Holiness is now respected and revered by people around the world and across all faiths due to his inspiring and hopeful teachings about peace and compassion. more

Posted by Melody Schalm on 2015-06-10 09:39

I recently had a life wake-up call. It wasn’t an accident, health crisis or anything else of that magnitude. In fact, nothing out-of-the-ordinary happened at all.  My wake-up call was simply this:  It occurred to me that my eldest child is now ten.  And, with that, came the realization that over half of my official parenting is over.  Done.  For better or for worse, irreversible. And that gave me pause. more

Posted by Emily Vance on 2015-05-13 15:15

By Emily Vance As a teacher candidate in the Education Program at UBC I had no idea what kind of environment I would be stepping into when my practicum began just twelve short weeks ago. Of course I knew that I would be teaching English in some way, but to whom and how was a mystery to me. It wasn’t until I showed up that Monday morning, bright-eyed and eager to impress, did I find out the subjects of my classes along with their composition. It was also then that I was told of the school’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy and their subscription to Google Apps. This meant that every student in the entire school came to class equipped with a laptop and little else in their backpacks. more

Posted by Michele Kambolis on 2015-04-09 16:56

Imagine how frightening it must be to sit down to take a test and find yourself literally blanking out, unable to remember a math formula or the spelling of certain words. “It makes sense at home, but when I go to write the test my mind just freezes.” more

Posted by Dave Samis on 2015-04-01 14:40

The Dalai Lama Center staff, led by Program Director, Maria LeRose, were pleased to participate in the final celebration event for the Vancouver Heart-Mind Early Years Initiative on Saturday March 28 at Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House. Approximately 50 parents and staff from the 18 community agencies that participated in the initiative were in attendance to share their projects and success stories.  more

Posted by Dave Samis on 2015-03-05 18:04

West Point Grey Branch Library held a two-part workshop for parents and their children ages 5 and under, called “Pillow Full of Feelings”, on February 24th and March 4th, 2015. This project was developed by Marjorie Lam and Lung Fu, parent coordinators, with assistance from Marilyn MacPherson, Vancouver Public Library.   more

Posted by Dave Samis on 2015-03-03 15:40

Since the start of the New Year, the Dalai Lama Center, led by Program Director Maria LeRose, has been promoting Heart-Mind well-being in a series of workshops with various community groups in Metro Vancouver. The goal of these workshops is to provide parents, educators and caregivers a framework for teaching and developing social and emotional competencies in children.  In the workshops, Ms. LeRose presents some of the research that shows how intentionally cultivating positive human qualities from an early age can benefit children throughout their lives, not only in their relationships and well-being, but also academically. more

Posted by Dave Samis on 2015-02-02 12:05

On January 29, the BC Ministry of Education hosted a Focus on Learning dialogue at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at SFU Vancouver. Over 150 school administrators, School Board Members and representatives from various educational organizations came together to discuss BC’s Education Plan with Minister Fassbender and several leading educational experts. The Dalai Lama Center was pleased to be represented at the event by CEO Fiona Douglas-Crampton and Gordon Matchett. more

Posted by Dave Samis on 2015-01-15 16:06

Vancouver Heart-Mind SymposiumJanuary 10, 2015Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood HouseThe Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education (DLC) was honoured to participate in the recent Heart-Mind Initiative Symposium in Vancouver. Approximately 60 parents and service providers from 19 different community agencies gathered together for this daylong event that focused on developing Heart-Mind well-being in children. Community agencies presented exciting projects that they will undertake to support the social and emotional well-being of children. more

Posted by Dave Samis on 2015-01-07 17:41

The Dalai Lama Center was honoured to welcome back to Vancouver Dr. Peter Senge, a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and author of the seminal organizational management book, The Fifth Discipline. Dr. Senge was a panelist in dialogue with the Dalai Lama at the Heart-Mind Summit in Vancouver in October, 2014, and also moderated the DLC's Business Leaders Roundtable. (See video of Dr. Senge's presentation at the Summit.) more