Dalai Lama Allocates $100,000 to Support Global Network of Compassionate Young Social Innovators

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The Dalai Lama met with Dalai Lama Fellows to hear a progress report on the work he authorized in 2009 and reaffirms his enthusiastic commitment and ongoing personal support for the program.

His Holiness was most delighted to observe and endorse the very positive outcomes of these courageous and compassionate young people from Africa, the Arab Middle East, India, and North America...

The Host Committee for the Dalai Lama’s May 19-21 visit to Louisville, Kentucky, has announced the Dalai Lama’s personal instructions to allocate $100,000 of event revenues to Dalai Lama Fellows, a diverse San Francisco-based network of young social innovators drawn from colleges and universities around the world. The Dalai Lama met with Dalai Lama Fellows program staff and five representative Fellows on Monday, May 20, to hear a progress report on the work that he authorized in 2009 and reaffirmed his enthusiastic commitment and ongoing personal support for the program. The contribution was announced after final accounting in Louisville.

Dalai Lama Fellows engage together in a yearlong reflective leadership curriculum exploring the role of universal values and secular ethics in advancing effective social change. Individually, each Fellow designs and creates an original, mentored Compassion-in-Action project, working across differences at the intersections of justice, peace and ecology. Representing a broad range of ideologies, nationalities, and cultures, Fellows emerge annually from highly competitive, selection processes on their home campuses.

“We are profoundly grateful to the Dalai Lama for so generously and enthusiastically supporting this dynamic network of social innovators, which we are developing in his name, and with his personal authorization,” said Marty Krasney, Executive Director of the San Francisco-based Dalai Lama Fellows. “The Dalai Lama is clearly aligned with our efforts to propel a transformation of the minds and in the attitudes and behaviors of young people working to find better ways of coexisting with each other and our planet.”

Thupten Jinpa, principal translator to the Dalai Lama for more than twenty-five years and a senior advisor to Dalai Lama Fellows since its inception, said, “His Holiness was most delighted to observe and endorse the very positive outcomes of these courageous and compassionate young people from Africa, the Arab Middle East, India, and North America, who are working interdependently on exemplary practices and projects and building toward a lifetime of mutual action and support at the intersections of justice, peace and ecology.”

Krasney added in response to news of the grant: “The Dalai Lama’s new support, combined with that of half a dozen other major donors and many smaller contributors, will allow us to move beyond the successful pilot phase of the past three years and establish the curriculum, methodology, partnerships, and scale necessary for sustained long-term impact.”

With this funding, Fellows will continue to design and launch “Compassion-In-Action” projects addressing the intersections of four major global challenges identified by the Dalai Lama as fundamental and needing urgent attention: bridging differences across cultures and religions to foster greater understanding and cooperation; diminishing violence; alleviating poverty, and protecting the environment.

ABOUT DALAI LAMA FELLOWS
Dalai Lama Fellows, a global program personally authorized by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, envisions and works towards a world that tends to the good of the whole as well as the individual. This is accomplished through seed funding, mentorship, and a yearlong curriculum for a growing global network of young social innovators working at the intersections of justice, peace and ecology. Fellows are guided to deepen their effectiveness by merging social innovation with compassion, universal values, and secular ethics.

Fellows have come from various backgrounds and cultures, including Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, indigenous, and secular humanist. In the first three years, 46 Fellows were selected from twelve partner colleges and universities in Canada, Ghana, Egypt, India and the United States. By the end of the 2013-14 academic year, Dalai Lama Fellows will have completed 36 original mentored projects in 17 nations on five continents.

Fellows are identified through a competitive and rigorous application process. They submit a blueprint for a Compassion-in-Action project that will have beneficial impact and typically have prior experience in the community where they are working. Dalai Lama Fellows helps them to refine their ideas through curriculum, coaching, embracing diversity and engaging compassion.

Dalai Lama Fellows is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives (http://communityin.org/).

For more information visit: http://www.dalailamafellows.org/

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