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Posted by Dave Samis on 2015-03-03 14:40

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 11:05

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 15:06

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 16:41

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

Posted by Dave Samis on 2014-12-08 10:05

Do  music, circus, dance, theatre and positive sports improve Executive Function in the brain (the ability to "think outside the box", see things from another's perspective, control impulsive responses, resist temptations, stay focused)? Adele Diamond, world renowned researcher and one of the founders of the field of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience is on a mission to prove this is so. In this video, she invites us to imagine a world where every child is active and thrives.  more

Posted by Dave Samis on 2014-11-25 16:17

On October 21st, 2014 the Dalai Lama joined in on a Gratitude Circle with  a grade 4 class from Moberly Elementary in Vancouver, BC.  Here is one student's reflection:27 eight, nine and ten-year-old students went to John Oliver to meet the Dalai Lama.  Ms. Mung, Mr. Wilson, Ms. Plottel and Ms. Erickson also went.  The Dalai Lama was invited to join and participate in a gratitude circle which happened in the Learning Commons.   Fiona Douglas-Crampton from the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education introduced the Dalai Lama to the group.  more

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