Compassion into Action: Intergenerational Forum

March 27, 2012

The Compassion into Action Intergenerational Forum engaged 200 high school youth and significant adults in their lives to put compassion into action. This evening event featured a keynote presentation by world-renowned author and TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong. A discussion panel moderated by Maria LeRose then followed between Armstrong and three youth panelists, who shared personal stories and insights about compassion. All participants then explored possibilities for putting compassion into action in their own lives through small breakout discussion. 

Student panelists Essence Lai, Miski Elmi and Mary Truong. Photos courtesy Luis Miranda and the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education.

Curriculum Support

The Vancouver School Board created enriched curriculum in support of this event. 

In partnership with the Vancouver School Board, Free the Children and the Dalai Lama Center.


Karen Armstrong
In 2008, Karen Armstrong was awarded the TED Prize in support of her call for the creation of a “Charter of Compassion,” a document now endorsed by such dignitaries as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. As a speaker and writer, she asserts that all major belief systems embrace the core principle of compassion.

Maria LeRose
Maria LeRose is the Program Manager with the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, with particular focus on the heart-mind learning of children and youth. She is an award winning television producer and interviewer/host with 25 years of television production experience and has traveled the globe doing interviews and telling stories.

Select Media & Commentary

Story of Compassion: Compassionate Curriculum at VSB

Story of Compassion: Compassion in Action at Secondary School

Story of Compassion: Free The Children Youth in Action Group

Story of Compassion: Mount Slesse Middle School