Compassion and Wisdom in Universal Terms Universal
Education for Compassion and Wisdom enables children to learn about their own minds so they can lead meaningful lives. It is not about putting something new in their brain, but basically making them recognize that their mind has a lot of potential and that there is hope in their life… This project is not only for small children, but also for adults.
— Lama Zopa
The inspiration for this project was Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984), who saw the need for an education that favors the development of human potential in its fullness, in a modern, secular and globalized world. He gave it the name 'Universal Education'.
In 1982, at an international congress in Italy, attended by personalities from the world of education, psychotherapy, peace studies and prominent spiritual leaders such as HH the Dalai Lama, Lama Thubten Yeshe said the following:
The world needs a renewed education, because the current one no longer connects with the intelligence of contemporary society. (...) if you change your vision of reality, reality changes. Therefore, knowing yourself, your psychology, your body... means educating yourself. That is universal education. And I believe that all of that can be communicated in a universal language, because all nations, cultures, religions, and philosophies contain a great heritage of wisdom, and that wisdom can be used to create universal education. — Lama Thubten Yeshe
EDUCATION does not refer to children only. We are all in a process and constant learning and our development depends on our happiness and that of those around us. That is why it is called UNIVERSAL, because all of us have that mind that can improve moment by moment.
The Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom allows us to learn about our own minds in order to have a meaningful life. It is not about putting something new in our brain, but basically recognizing that our mind has a lot of potential and that there is hope in our lives. This project is not only for small children, but also for adults.
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