The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is the spiritual leader of Tibetan people and a key proponent of world peace, the transformative power of compassion and the universal right to happiness. He has lived in exile in Dharamsala, India since 1959. His tireless efforts on behalf of world peace and human rights have brought him international recognition, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. His main commitments lie in:
- The promotion of human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline;
- The promotion of religious harmony among the world’s major religious traditions; and,
- The preservation of Tibet’s Buddhist culture of peace and non-violence.
We draw particular inspiration from the Dalai Lama’s work related to the cultivation of human values and his commitment to addressing this through education.
The Dalai Lama is the Patron of Children in Crossfire and often refers to its founder Richard Moore as being his hero. As he puts it, “Whether you believe it or not, you are my hero, and a wonderful son of humanity. Despite your tremendously painful experience you don’t have any anger or hate. You accept what has happened and keep your peace of mind. You are a good example and model”
The Dalai Lama has been a key inspiration behind Children in Crossfire’s Educating the Heart initiative and particularly to the ongoing development of its TIDAL programme, which seeks to provide resources for teachers in addressing the issue of global citizenship in a ground-breaking way that engages both the mind and the heart.
My hope and wish is that, one day, formal education will pay attention to what I call education of the heart. Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the basic academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of their school curriculum, the indispensability of inner values such as love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness.
~ Dalai Lama