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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."

His Holiness to take part in Conference on Educating World Citizens for the 21st Century

August 26, 2009

Educators, scientists and contemplative Dialogue
on Cultivating a Healthy Mind, Brain and Heart
August 24, 2009

Dharamshala -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama will
participate in the 19th Mind and Life conference
on the theme of 'Educating World Citizens in the
21st Century', in Washington, DC, from 8 to 9
October 2009, the organisers said.

The conference aims 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.

"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.  His
Holiness the Dalai Lama will be active in each
session, which include "Attention, Emotional
Regulation and Learning," "Compassion and
Empathy," and "Envisioning the World Citizen."

The 18th Mind and Life dialogue held in April
this year in Dharamsala focussed on understanding
the nature of reality and promoting human well-being.
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