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We aim to build a world where compassion and kindness are the basis of our thoughts and practice.
2020 has highlighted that we live at a time where politics, lifestyle and economics have created global crises of health, deep divisions and conflict in our society. Fear, anger and intolerance are prominent in our public narrative, which focuses on individual successes, not universal wellbeing. In this environment, our children face isolation and ever-more complex futures. Increasing numbers are diagnosed every year with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. There is a critical need now to help children manage their emotions, develop social skills and build the capacity to be kind and resilient.
Since 2017, the DLCC has concentrated on compassion in schools via its education project: Compassion Matters. The project is building a society with compassion at its core by providing schools and other education organisations with an innovative learning programme. Our aim is to help create a kinder and happier society by showing our children what compassion is and by inspiring them to lead compassionate lives.
Compassion to ourselves, each other and planet has a key role as ‘guide star’ in our recovery from the events of 2020 and become part of the ‘new normal’ with which we move forward.
About the DLCC:
The Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion (DLCC) is a nonpartisan and non-religious UK registered charity, founded with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. With a mission to advance our understanding of compassion and related values, the charity has been working with some of the UK’s foremost thinkers, as well as hundreds of UK schools, since 2014.