His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with individuals concerned with building compassionate cities, including Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, KY. “He was very encouraged about the Compassionate Schools Project,” Fischer told CSP faculty after the meeting.
The following is excerpted from the Office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s official website.
Mayor Fischer informed His Holiness that Louisville was implementing the teaching of these basic human values in their school system with their compassionate schools project. They had started with three schools where they were teaching young children social and emotional behavior centered around kindness, love and compassion, and mindfulness and meditation. These children came from difficult backgrounds and it was the first time in their life that they were able to slow their minds down and actually open their minds and begin learning for the first time.
After questioning whether they were bringing out any reports or carrying out any research on the effects, the Mayor Fischer informed His Holiness that they were working with the University of Virginia and were planning to test ten schools using this scientific approach and another 10 schools not using this approach to compare each other and see if there was a permanent difference.
His Holiness said, “I have been having a dialogue with a number of scientists, educational professionals and others over the last ten years. Many of them agreed that the existing educational system was not adequate enough as it was focused on material values. So there was a need to add education on warm-heartedness. However, in the beginning stages this needed to be done on a small-scale level and once the positive results became clear, then it could be expanded to include more schools and places.”
Photo: His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with U.S. city mayors including Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and others concerned with building compassionate cities. Photo Credit – Tenzin Taklha/OHHDL.
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