Creating a world where compassion and kindness are the basis of our thoughts and practice

Compassion Matters, a project from The Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion, aims to create a kinder and happier society by inspiring children and young people to lead compassionate lives.

We provide a basis for children to explore ethical ideas about compassion and learn skills to support their wellbeing. At the heart of the project, children explore ideas that are universal to all human beings such as; Where does happiness come from? How is the failing part of learning? What is true courage? What is a just society? 

Children participating also engage with practices and learn skills to support their wellbeing such as emotional regulation, self-awareness, responsible decision making and resilience.

Find out more about our project by watching this short film… 

schools we have engaged with since September 2018

hours of resources developed so far with more to come

children participating in the UK and internationally

Compassion Matters Spring Blog 2022

At the beginning of each year, I find myself in a mindset that is open to opportunities and beginnings. The long winter days disappear and the aspects of spring present themselves slowly leaving a sense of optimism and openness. This new year it has been difficult to...

Annual Report 2021

Seasons greetings to all our schools, supporters and friends of The Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion and our education project Compassion Matters. It has been a year of unpredictable moments, exciting new partnerships and most importantly, the opportunity to share...

Gratitude

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman scholar Having worked in the field of values, ethics and virtues over the past three years, one of the key things I have repeated to me is that gratitude is a...

Practical Mindfulness

One of the challenges with mindfulness, like any well-being activity, is finding the time and sustaining the motivation to practice regularly. Whether exercise, a hobby, or mindfulness practice finding the time in a busy day to dedicate to ourselves can at times feel...

What’s Not Cancelled

Governments around the world first responses to the pandemic included the widespread closure of schools, workplaces, childcare providers and after schools activities. In the space of a few days, the network of opportunities our children, and we have to engage and...

Compassion Campaign 2020 #letsmakecompassionmatter

Will you join us in our mission and support our new compassion campaign? 2021 has huge potential. The potential to be less isolating, less anxious and more compassionate for our children as they find their way out of the pandemic. [video width="1920" height="1080"...

Resilience

A new report from NHS Digitial looks at the mental health of children and young people in England in July 2020, and how this has changed since 2017. The report indicates an increasing proportion of children experiencing mental health difficulties over the past three...

Isolation and Connection

In a recent conversation with friends and colleagues, I have been interested to hear about their experiences of isolation and interconnectedness during lockdown. One prominent theme was how reliant many felt they and their children were on institutions (schools,...

Let’s Make Compassion Matters – New Compassion Education Resources

Warmest wishes from everyone at Compassion Matters! We have been working hard over the past few months to update our resources, so they are ready for use in the classroom and, if needed, as part of your online learning provision. Our changes include the addition...

Supporters Update December 2019

We have had a busy 2019 with our compassion education project going from strength to strength in the UK and overseas. We would like to share a brief update to our supporters and participating schools via our quarterly newsletter which can be downloaded here. We wish...

A project from the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion

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