Guiding Teachers

“To meet the challenge of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for his or her own self, family, or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the real key to human survival.” - The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is the Patron of FDCW. In books such as Ethics for the New Millennium, The Universe in a Single Atom and Beyond Religion he outlines his vision of how people of all cultures and traditions can work together to bring about a happier and more peaceful world. For more information about The Dalai Lama’s teachings, public talks and dialogues with leading scientists, visit

“Knowing yourself - your psychology, your physical condition - this is Universal Education. In my opinion, we can communicate these things in a common, universal language. Every nation, culture, religion, and philosophy already has a heritage of wisdom. We can use this wisdom to create a universal education." - Lama Yeshe

Lama Yeshe was the original founder and visionary behind Universal Education. Born in Tibet in 1935, he was the founder of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition ( and passed away in California in 1984. To find out more about Lama Yeshe’s fresh and dynamic approach to developing our potential as human beings, visit

"The reason there are so many problems in the world is that the most important education is missing: how to develop a good heart, understand the nature and potential of the mind, and comprehend how we are each responsible for the whole world, creatures as well as humans. The aim of Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom is to provide this education.” - Lama Zopa

Lama Zopa is an internationally-renowned teacher and author who holds the title Honorary President of FDCW and provides a constant stream of advice and support, particularly regarding the Foundation Learning Programmes. For more information visit and