The Tenzin Gyatso Institute is named after the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Tenzin Gyatso, whose message of compassion, religious harmony, and universal responsibility has inspired millions of people around the world. One of a small number of organizations in the United States with his direct support, the Institute aims to serve and advance the Dalai Lama's vision, principles, and values. Some of its main activities include hosting international Empathy and Compassion in Society conferences for professionals, and Youth Gatherings for students. Both events bring attendees together with renowned scientists, policy makers, and other world leaders to learn about cutting-edge research on empathy and compassion; develop skills for cultivating and applying these qualities in daily life; and discuss their benefits on both the individual and societal level.

In December 2020, the directors of the Tenzin Gyatso Institute concluded a process of renewing the Tenzin Gyatso Insitute's vision, mission, and objectives more specifically. 

The objectives of the foundation are to uphold the values of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, and in particular his way of bringing compassion to the general public and to young people - both of which are rooted in Tibetan Buddhist wisdom. 

To fulfill its objectives, the foundation will:

  • Provide education on cultivating compassion according to the teachings and activities of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama - including his teachings on compassion, educating the heart, universal responsibility, secular ethics, the science of compassion, philosophy, and dialogue; 
  • Develop and make available educational programs and study materials, in-person and online, to both individuals and organizations - including workshops, courses, trainings, lectures, gatherings, retreats, etc.;
  • Financially and otherwise support organizations and individuals who perform activities in line with the objectives of the foundation including through awards, grants, mentoring etc.

We will soon be inviting our partners, supporters, and followers to a series of workshops to map out the next phase of our activity.


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