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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Mind and Life Announces the Dalai Lama to Engage in Education Reform Dialogue at Educating World Citizens for the 21st Century Conference

August 26, 2009

Augusr 24, 2009

BOULDER, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 08/24/09 -- On
Oct. 8-9, 2009, the Dalai Lama will participate
in our Washington D.C. conference, Educating
World Citizens for the 21st Century. The goal of
this ML XIX conference is to explore the value of
integrating emotional, intellectual and social
learning into today's educational programs with
the intention to promote education research into
these areas. Leading educators, scientists and
policy makers will discuss the importance of
researching what effects the inclusion of
mindfulness-based curriculums and programs can
have in educational environments, especially for
students exposed to risk factors such as poverty, violence and divorce.

Research indicates that school-based programs may
be the best way for children to develop the
non-academic but equally important skills
necessary to be successful in our society.
Programs across the country that teach
mindfulness of the self and others have
significantly improved academic performance, work habits and self-esteem.

"We hope to draw more attention to expanding
research into mindfulness-based educational
approaches, such as social and emotional
learning, and how such reforms can improve
attention, self-motivation, self-esteem, and
healthy decision-making skills among school-aged
children and teenagers," said Adam Engle,
Chairman of The Mind and Life Institute.

Educating World Citizens for the 21st Century
will take place October 8-9, 2009 at DAR
Constitution Hall. Tickets are on sale with
discounts for students and groups of 5 or more,
and are available through Ticket Master.

"Our goal is not to promote any particular
educational approach, but to generate dialogue
and new ideas from experts in this field," said
Laura Baun, Operations Director of The Mind and
Life Institute. "Ultimately, we want to know what
the value of contemplative practice is to
students, teachers and parents. Our dialogue with
the Dalai Lama will look at what students need,
and what we can learn by promoting research in these areas."

Participants in education, neuroscience,
psychology, and philosophy will participate in
four sessions during the conference. The Dalai
Lama will be active in each session, which
include "Attention, Emotional Regulation and
Learning," "Compassion and Empathy," and "Envisioning the World Citizen."

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