Today after a talk by Adele Diamond of the University of British Columbia on the development of executive control of mental processes in young people and its relation to their academic achievement and well-being, HH Dalai Lama talked some about his own views of education. In particular, he expressed the view that modern education systems do not give enough attention to “educating the heart” in terms of what he called “universal ethics” and “inner qualities” like respect for others, compassion, and altruism. He remarked that he is very much looking forward to our ML XIX meeting in Washington DC in October 2009 entitled “Educating World Citizens” in order to discuss practical ideas about how to transform education in the direction of a more balanced approach.
He said he hopes that the experts in the meeting come with concrete solutions. If you would like to learn more about the meeting and its participations, please visit mindandlife.org.