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His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The centre’s founding patron is His Holiness the Dalai Lama who has supported the work of the centre since its inception in 2014. On a visit to Oxford University in 2015, the Dalai Lama addressed academic fellows of the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion (DLCC), emphasising his view that education in ethics – of a universal, non-religiously-aligned, character, focused on compassion – is of the utmost importance from an early age.

Education is much more than a matter of imparting the knowledge and skills by which narrow goals are achieved.  It is also about opening the child’s eyes to the needs and rights of others. We must show children that their actions have a universal dimension.  And we must somehow find a way to build on their natural feelings of empathy so that they come to have a sense of responsibility toward others. For it is this which stirs us into action.  Indeed, if we had to choose between learning and virtue, the latter is definitely more valuable. The good heart which is the fruit of virtue is by itself a great benefit to humanity. Mere knowledge is not. – extract from Ancient Wisdom, Modern World. Ethics for the New Millennium, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The DLCC is delighted to continue to support His Holiness’ vision of a world where children can receive universally available ethics education through the centre’s Compassion Matters project.


Joanna Lumley, OBE

Actress and activist Joanna Lumley OBE is recognised as one of Britain’s foremost actors, having starred in a number of major domestic and international films and television series. Throughout her career, Ms Lumley has also been an advocate of various political and social causes, including, most recently, the Gurkha Justice Campaign. She serves as Patron for a number of charities including Tree Aid, PENHA, Trust in Children, and Action on Addiction. Further, Ms Lumley has been a vocal supporter of Survival International, a human rights organisation concerned with the plight of indigenous tribal peoples, as well as being a long-term friend of the people of Tibet.

The DLCC is delighted to continue to work with Joanna Lumley OBE in her role as patron of Compassion Matters.

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