The Heart of Education events with His Holiness the Dalai Lama have been cancelled.

His office has released the following statement:

“His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in the United States earlier this week for a medical evaluation. Upon completion of the evaluation, the doctors have advised that His Holiness take complete rest. As a result, His Holiness will be returning to Dharamsala next week and will not be able to visit the United States next month. We deeply regret cancellation of the visit and apologize to everyone who have worked so hard in organizing the visit as well as to the public who have been looking forward to the visit. We thank everyone for their support and understanding and would like to consider rescheduling the visit in the future.”

Read the press release and information about ticket refunds here.

The Mind & Life Institute will host His Holiness the Dalai Lama in partnership with Amherst and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a three-day visit to western Massachusetts in October 2015.

This visit will focus on a global framework for incorporating care and compassion into education, and will culminate in a public lecture. Read the press release here.

The public address, titled “A Force for Good,” will be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Mullins Center on Sunday, October 25th at 1:00 pm. Welcoming remarks will be made by UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. The address will be followed by a conversation that includes Daniel Goleman, best-selling author and board member of Mind and Life, and representatives from UMass Amherst.

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“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 the curriculum, the indispensability of inner values: love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness.” – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama