DHARAMSALA, 4 April 2019: His Holiness the Dalai Lama presided over the Global Launch of the Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning, program developed by the Emory University, in association with The Dalai Lama Trust and the Vana Foundation of India.
“A happy world cannot exist without human compassion, therefore, the education system should include the education of warm-heartedness,” the Tibetan spiritual leader said in the Indian capital city today while presiding over the global launch of the SEE Learning.
Other dignitaries attending the event include Dr Daniele Goleman, Miss Linda Lantieri, and Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl. The program is part of Emory’s newly established Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics and the event was moderated by Mr Brandon Ozawa De Silva, the associate director for SEE Learning center at Emory University.
The Tibetan Nobel Laureate has further stated that the SEE Learning program is being introduced as the existing education system is inadequate and does not guarantee happiness.
“From kindergarten upwards we need the education to strengthen inner values not just pursue material goals. We need to introduce steps towards emotional hygiene, much as we teach physical hygiene. This way we can address some of the problems we face, in the hope of making this a century of non-violence,” the Dalai Lama said.
The Dalia Lama concluded by expressing his hope that the SEE Learning program would become a worldwide movement.
It is understood that SEE Learning is the latest program which seeks to provide a comprehensive approach to holistic education. It seeks to provide educators with a comprehensive framework for the cultivation of social, emotional and ethical competencies that can be used in schools from kindergarten to 12th standard as well as for higher education and professional education.