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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

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-09 14:49

By Matthew ClarkeLinda Lantieri, whom we had spent a lot of time with up to this point, leading us through mindfulness and connection exercises at Heart-Mind 2014, gave her talk on Friday afternoon. Linda has been working in the NY education system for over 40 years and is a pioneer in the field of SEL.  more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-09 14:44

By Matthew Clarke On day 2 of the conference, the afternoon opened with a presentation by W. Thomas Boyce. His talk was based on studies he has done which he poetically dubbed, “The Orchid Child vs. The Dandelion child.”  more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-04 14:31

By Matthew ClarkeOne of the highlights at Heart-Mind 2014 was the talk by Felix Warneken. Felix is a German-trained researcher whose work I was very excited to hear about. He is studying the roots of altruism. And most interestingly, he is finding that the prevailing wisdom - that children are innately selfish and must be taught how to be considerate - is wrong. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-03 11:02

 What is the quality? Learning to solve problems peacefully involves many social and emotional skills and is strongly linked to the quality of “getting along with others.” Unlike conflict avoidance, compliance, disengagement or coercion, solving problems peacefully means using empathy, problem-solving skills, understanding other points of view and actively coming up with strategies to make things right in a fair way. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-02 14:36

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Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-01 14:41

By Matthew ClarkeRight before lunchbreak on day 2 of the conference, Dan Siegel dropped by, via the power of technology, to discuss the research in his new book, “Brainstorm” all about the changes in the adolescent brain.  more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-01 14:26

By Matthew Clarke  Day Two  of Heart-Mind 2014 opened with a charming video of a bunch of elementary school kids being asked what kindness is. Needless to say, it was adorable, hilarious and poignant. I know all too well the ability of children to accidentally stumble onto a truth that so perfectly captures the essence of a topic. You can watch this great video here. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-05-26 14:22

By Matthew ClarkeThe Conference began on an idyllic Vancouver spring evening. Opening the festivities was a performance by a Vancouver based youth dance collective aptly named, “The Heart Mind Body Collective.” They gave a passionate performance to a spoken word piece called “Instructions For a Bad Day” by acclaimed and ever-inspiring spoken word poet, Shane Koyczan, which was underscored by a driving, uplifting musical score.  more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-05-26 10:10

What does it mean to be “Compassionate and Kind?”  Etymologically, compassion means ‘to suffer together’. From this sharing in suffering comes the motivation to help relieve the suffering of others. By taking action in some way, for example, wishing it were different for someone, sitting with someone who has just received bad news or providing a meal to someone in need, we are less likely to become overwhelmed by seeing the distress of others. As we enhance our ability to really see and feel what is around us, our ability to experience compassion grows. more