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                                                               Education of the Heart

   The following is an excerpt from “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World,” © 2011 by His Holiness the Dalai      Lama. Downloaded 8/20/17 from https://www.lionsroar.com/new-ethic-for-a-small-planet-march-2012/

   [Observing] "the truth that effective societal change can only come about through the efforts of individuals,” a key    part of our strategy for dealing with [our] problems must be the education of the next generation. This is one reason  why, during my travels, I always try to reach out to young people and spend some time with them.

   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 their school curriculum, the indispensability of  inner values such as love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness.

   I look forward to a day when children, as a result of integrating the principles of nonviolence and peaceful conflict  resolution at school, will be more aware of their feelings and emotions and feel a greater sense of responsibility both  toward themselves and toward the wider world. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? To bring about this better world,  therefore, let us all, old and young—not as members of this nation or that nation, not as members of this faith or that  faith, but simply as individual members of this great human family of seven billion—strive together with vision, with  courage, and with optimism. This is my humble plea.

   Within the scale of the life of the cosmos, a human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a visitor to this  planet, a guest, who has only a finite time to stay. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time  lonely, unhappy, and in conflict with our fellow visitors? Far better, surely, to use our short time in pursuing a  meaningful life, enriched by a sense of connection with and service toward others.
   So far, of the twenty-first century, just over a decade has gone; the major part of it is yet to come. It is my hope that  this will be a century of peace, a century of dialogue - a century when a more caring, responsible, and compassionate  humanity will emerge. This is my prayer as well."

   This is my prayer as well.

   Light, Love and Blessings,

   Rev. Shirley Bowman