Mind and Life Institute to Host the Dalai Lama in Partnership With Amherst and Smith Colleges and The University Of Massachusetts Amherst to Discuss Ethics and Education

A three-day visit by the Dalai Lama in October will include visits to three area colleges, will focus on a global framework for incorporating care and compassion into education, and will culminate in a public lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Arthur Zajonc and Thupten Jinpa

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(Hadley, Mass.) April 4, 2015 ​Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, will come to the Pioneer Valley with scheduled visits at three area colleges October 23-25, 2015. Hosted by the Hadley-based Mind & Life Institute, a non-profit dedicated to exploring the connection between science and contemplative studies, the Dalai Lama will make visits to Amherst and Smith Colleges as well as the University of Massachusetts Amherst, ending his visit with a public lecture at the Mullins Center.

The purpose of the visit is to focus on education, secular ethics and, specifically, an approach to incorporating care and compassion into the framework of education from K-12 through postgraduate education worldwide. This topic is one on which the Dalai Lama has been working with the Mind & Life Institute for several years, resulting in a global framework entitled, ​Call to Care​. (​www.mindandlife.org/care​). The visits to area colleges will include dialogues and presentations with faculty, national experts and students. His visit will culminate in a public presentation and forum at the Mullins Center for students, faculty and staff of the Five Colleges as well as the general public.

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In 2012, inspired by the Dalai Lama’s call to design a pedagogy in “secular ethics,” the Mind & Life Institute embarked on a research initiative to explore the development of a new, interdisciplinary approach for nurturing children’s ethical and prosocial development. Since then, our Call to Care model has evolved into a professional development framework that follows a two-year cycle in which educators spend a full year focusing on themselves before implementing the framework in the classroom during the second year.
 
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