Origins
“Even armies can’t stop the invasion of ideas whose time has come." - Victor Hugo

The original vision for Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom came from a Tibetan Buddhist teacher called Lama Yeshe, who believed that:

  • We each have an innate capacity for compassion and wisdom
  • This capacity can be developed, from birth to death
  • Developing this capacity - as individuals, in the family, community and society, and globally - is the key to a happier and more peaceful world

Lama Yeshe’s view was that the aims and methods of many modern education systems over-emphasise intellectual achievements and are too limited in their scope. As a result, they fail to enable children, young people and adults to fully develop their potential, to lead a fulfilled and meaningful life, and to play their part in creating a more peaceful world.

Lama Yeshe’s proposal was to draw on the ‘heritage of wisdom‘ that resides in the great religious and philosophical traditions of the world to create a new kind of Universal Education that:

  • takes a holistic approach to curriculum
  • reunites science and spirituality
  • emphasises the central role and importance of the teacher
  • promotes critical enquiry and direct experience
  • explores the interdependent nature of all existence
  • develops a sense of universal responsibility
  • cultivates a deep understanding of our mind and its functions
  • aims to develop fully our innate human potential for compassion and wisdom

Following Lama Yeshe’s death in 1984, this vision has been guided by his close student, Lama Zopa.

The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom also takes its inspiration from The Dalai Lama (Patron of FDCW), one of the world’s leading advocates for bringing about a better world through the promotion of positive human values in education.