Compassion Education Resources

Welcome to our Compassion Education resources page. Here, you will find various resources developed by The Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion and partners centred around teaching ethics, compassion, and social-emotional learning. All materials are drawn from the most recent research from leaders in education, psychology and psychology. We hope you find them useful in your work with children and young people. Should you need any further support or guidance or suggest how we could improve our resources, please contact us via


Compassion Matters (9-14 Year Olds)

Below you will find links to download zip files for each of our Compassion Matters modules. Compassion Matters can be downloaded as a zip file and contains a module introduction that gives guidance about each module. The download includes lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, films, audio, worksheets, and reading lists.

We recommend you read our Compassion Matters Course Guide before using the materials, as this will give you useful hints and tips on how to run the course effectively.

If you are having problems downloading the modules, please get in touch at

Why Compassion? (14-18 Year Olds)

Our new Why Compassion? Workshops are now available to be booked for the 2021-22 academic year. The workshops offer an opportunity for students to engage with the science, evolution and ethics of compassion in an interactive and engaging 45-60 minute session. Student’s will leave the session with a deeper understanding of why compassion is critical for individual flourishing and societal wellbeing. Participants will also be provided with practical skills to help manage stress and practice compassion independently.

To book an in-person or Zoom workshop, please get in touch with our Executive Director, Jimi Slattery, via


Educator’s Compassion Toolkit

This educator’s toolkit contains resources for teacher’s to deepen their knowledge of Compassion Education and to support their own wellbeing. There is no specific order to engage with these resources and can be used when and in the most helpful order. The Dalai Lama Centre has developed these with the support of our friends and partners.  

Introduction to Compassion Education Film

Why Compassion is the Key to Wellbeing- Thupten Jinpa

Settling the Mind and Focusing

Self Esteem and Self Compassion- Kristin Neff

Self Compassion Audio Practice

Self Compassion Audio Practice

by Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion

Beginners Compassion Audio Practice

Beginners Compassion Audio Practice

by Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion

Compassion for Another Audio Practice

Compassion for another audio practice

by Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion

Compassion for a Difficult Person

Compassion for a difficult person

by Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion

Compassion and Education Interview- Reach Teach Talk Podcast

A project from the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion

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