Participation in the XXXIII edition of Mind and Life: Reimagining Human Flourishing

From March 12th to 16th was held in Dharamsala the XIII Edition of Mind and  Life,  under  the  extraordinary  leadership  of  HH  Dalai  Lama  and  the presence  of  educators  and  scientists  of  the  caliber  of  David  Goleman (author   of   “Emotional   Intelligence”),   Richard   Davidson   and   Michel Boivin.

Over 200 noted scientists, educational specialists, Buddhist scholars and philosophers representing diverse disciplines have arrived in Dharamshala to discuss on the topic of Secular Ethics in Education.

Alice Project was present.

It  was  the  occasion  to  meet  other  people  involved  in  educational  field, create  contacts,  discover  new  realities  and  above  all  have  yet  another confirmation that ALICE’s method is not only on the right path, but also deeply at the forefront comparing to the other existing proposals.

During the meeting HH Dalai Lama said : “ The two prime purposes of the education  is to expand the understanding of the external and the internal phenomenon and to strive to enable peace and reduce the chaos that exists in the world”: exactly what Alice does since more than 30 years.

Mr. Tsewang Tenzin, the president of Alice Project with Ilaria Atteneded the event

Meeting with Todd More

During these days we got to know Todd More, an enthusiastic American who works for the Dalai Lama’s education office.

Todd knows Valentino and has great admiration for his work which he defined as “unique” in India both for the quality of the research carried out and for the breadth of the work done and the social level of the children to whom it is addressed.

He explained that HH Dalai Lama intends to start a project of secular education throughout India, trying to involve public schools as well.

Todd has officially invited the Alice Project to take part in the work necessary to achieve this goal by saying: If there is a person in India who can make a real contribution, that’s Valentino“.

Moreover, Todd will certainly come and visit the school in August and involve others in this visit too. Besides, he said he was interested in participating in one of the training sessions that will take place in France or Italy to deepen the method. He also suggested to invite the Dalai Lama here again. He himself will work on this and will help us. We will have to prepare the letter of invitation and when our children will be visiting could make an invitation personally.

Meeting in Delhi

We were also invited to a meeting in Delhi attended by some organizations that deal with secular education.We could not participate personally, but we were present via Skype represented by Luigina De Biase and Awanish Mishra, our Dean of Sarnath.

The meeting was chaired by Tenpa Tsering, husband of HH’s sister and project manager. The Alice Project is open to a serious collaboration, independent and respectful of the immense amount of work carried out in the last 25 years of stay in India.

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