The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom was first established in 2005, but the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Lama Yeshe, sowed the seeds of our work in the 1970’s. He had the incredible foresight to call attention to the need for “a new kind of education for the world”.
Seeing the failure of much of mainstream education to teach people as whole human beings, Lama Yeshe called for a 'Universal Education' that bridges Eastern and Western philosophical and scientific understanding to enable all people to develop to their full potential.
We also take inspiration from our Patron, the Dalai Lama, who is one of the world’s leading advocates for the promotion of human values and universal ethics in education and society.
Since FDCW’s inception, our Honorary President, Lama Zopa, has provided guidance on our development and programmes.
A more peaceful, compassionate and sustainable world built on long-lasting personal and social change.
To enable positive personal and social change through educational programmes and resources based on universal human values.
The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom’s programmes are guided by six principles:
- Accessible: suitable for people of all ages and cultures, and of any faith or none
- Practical: immediately applicable to everyday life, from birth up until death
- Appreciative: celebrating the unique potential of every individual
- Non-dogmatic: encouraging critical thinking and self-reflection
- Integrated: promoting learning methods that bring together both head and heart
- Authentic: rooted in Buddhist philosophy and psychology and compatible with modern scientific research