About the Dalai Lama Centre
‘We need only to recognise that, just as I myself wish to be happy and not to suffer, so do all others. This is the basis of compassion.’ With these words Tenzin Gyatso the fourteenth Dalai Lama expresses his belief in compassion as a foundation for ethics. The foremost objective of the Dalai Lama Centre is to advance humanity’s understanding of compassion and related values.
To this end Dalai Lama Centre conducts research that takes inspiration from the ethical systems of the world’s great spiritual traditions, whilst retaining the capacity to contribute to the debates of secular ethics. At the same time the Centre supports work that situates the ethics of compassion within the worldview of modern science and brings scientific enquiry to bear on ethical issues. The Centre’s academic research aims to encompass the full spectrum of human thought including the arts and humanities on the one hand, and the sciences on the other.
The Dalai Lama Centre is nonpartisan and nonconfessional, and is committed to supporting contributions bearing on compassion and related values from all faith traditions and none.