“The aim is to produce better, more satisfied and complete human beings who understand their own psychological and physical condition.” – Lama Yeshe, Founder
The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom (FDCW) was set up in 2005 to take forward the vision for ‘a new kind of education for the world’ first developed in the early 1980s by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher called Lama Yeshe.
Following inaugural conferences in Europe, Australia and North America, FDCW launched its first programme The 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life from Sydney in 2006. The 16 Guidelines have now been introduced into 24 different countries, reaching thousands of people, bringing together an international community of facilitators and supporters, and functioning as action research for future FDCW activities.
Alongside work to develop and disseminate the 16 Guidelines, FDCW has built close links with Creating Compassionate Cultures (USA), The Potential Project (Denmark) and Transformative Mindfulness (Canada), which share the same vision for bringing more happiness, peace and satisfaction into the world, and which have each developed Universal Education programmes that are now officially recognized by FDCW.
In 2007, FDCW organised the 1st European conference on Happiness and its Causes in London, with a follow-up event in 2008.
In 2009, The Dalai Lama became Patron of the Foundation and in 2011, the first international Universal Education gathering was held in France. A documentary about this event called Being Your True Nature has been viewed over 8,000 times.
In 2012-13 FDCW began developing a new suite of Foundation Learning Programmes, designed to combine the insights from Tibetan Buddhism and other wisdom traditions with contemporary science and experiential learning methods, in a way that is both accessible and authentic.
Alongside these developments, FDCW is committed to building a network of local groups which will help take Universal Education forward in ways best suited to the local language, culture and context.