Heart-Mind Newsletter April 2015

News and updates from the Dalai Lama Center
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There have been many exciting activities going on here at the Dalai Lama Center since the start of 2015. From upcoming events, to new program launches, to new online learning resources and videos, the DLC has been actively working to foster Heart-Mind well-being by promoting action-based research projects that help improve the social and emotional development of children and the adults who care for and teach them. 

Heart-Mind 2015 tickets on sale May 7th

We are gearing up for our third annual Heart-Mind Conference in Vancouver on October 2nd and 3rd. Taking place in the panoramic Parkview Terrace facility at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, Heart-Mind 2015: Human Connection in a Digital World will present a thought-provoking and inspiring roster of speakers and workshops. The conference will once again be moderated by acclaimed journalist and Heart-Mind expert, Maria LeRose, and will include a keynote address by world-renowned systems researcher, Dr. Peter Senge of MIT. The conference will also include a science panel discussion featuring social and emotional learning researcher, Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Director of UBC's Human Early Learning Partnership.

Early-bird tickets for Heart-Mind 2015 go on sale May 7, 2015. Please check 
dalailamacenter.org for more details and updates, coming soon.
Heart-Mind dialogues with the Dalai Lama videos released
We have now posted videos of the three public events that we hosted during the Dalai Lama’s recent visit to Vancouver in October, 2014. The Heart-Mind Summit videos include the youth-led dialogue at John Oliver Secondary School, the Be the Village dialogue at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Center, and Educating the Heart: The Early Years dialogue with researchers at the UBC Chan Centre for Performing Arts. The Dalai Lama’s personal warmth, wit and wisdom during this unique series of dialogues are wonderful and inspiring to behold.


New learning resources at heartmindonline.org
Since its launch during the Dalai Lama’s visit in October, Heart-Mind Online’s team has been busy researching, developing and posting new learning resources for parents and educators.
The Dalai Lama Center’s new online resource hub supports Heart-Mind well-being in our homes, schools and communities by providing free access to resources, research and general information for all those who care for and teach children. Everything we share is informed by the latest research in social and emotional learning and child development. Some of Heart-Mind Online’s latest resources include:


Vancouver Heart-Mind Early Years Initiative

Over the past four months, the Dalai Lama Center has been collaborating with Windows of Opportunity (a Vancouver Coalition for Children and Youth) on the Vancouver Heart-Mind Early Years Initiative. The program engaged staff and parents at 18 local community groups, which developed an amazingly creative array of projects embracing the Heart-Mind learning framework. Participants included most of the city’s neighbourhood houses, Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver School Board Tillicum Annex StrongStart program, MOSAIC and others. Each of the groups contributed photos from their project to a colourful Heart-Mind photo journal, which the Dalai Lama Center produced.
Promoting Resiliency in Families
The Heart-Mind Parenting Project is now preparing to develop and pilot its next program, Promoting Resiliency in Families. This program will work with staff and parents at a number of Metro Vancouver community agencies to develop new Heart-Mind learning resources and professional development programs to support parents and children in vulnerable communities, including new immigrant, single parent and low-income families. The Building Resiliency in Families project is being developed with funding from the Vancouver Foundation, The Clyde Hertzman Legacy Fund, and Purdy’s Foundation, and we are continuing to seek partners to help ensure this important legacy project can fully address the needs of our most vulnerable families.


Get involved in our
Heart-Mind programs

The Dalai Lama Center’s Heart-Mind programs and free learning resources are only possible because of the support and generosity of people like you who share our vision for a more compassionate and peaceful world.

Like you, we are committed to improving the well-being of children and helping to create a better future. But we need your help to realize this bold mission, so please get involved in the Heart-Mind Network!

Be on the lookout to volunteer for the upcoming conference if you are in the Vancouver area.

Help spread the word! Share Heart-Mind Online's free learning resources with your family, friends and coworkers. 

We also urge you to support Heart-Mind well-being by donating to the Dalai Lama Center. Every donation helps further our work, no matter how modest.

The Dalai Lama Center needs your support for our Heart-Mind programs, and ground-breaking research initiatives like the Heart-Mind Index. Please consider contributing a small monthly amount or making a one-time donation. It just takes a few seconds, and tax deductible receipts for your donation will be issued immediately by email when you donate online through Canada Helps.
We sincerely thank you for any support you can give to help foster the Heart-Mind well-being of children and youth everywhere.

Dalai Lama Center Team
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