About Us

Our Inspiration


The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom was first established in 2005, but the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Lama Yeshe, sowed the seeds of our work in the 1970’s. He had the incredible foresight to call attention to the need for “a new kind of education for the world”.

Seeing the failure of much of mainstream education to teach people as whole human beings, Lama Yeshe called for a 'Universal Education' that bridges Eastern and Western philosophical and scientific understanding to enable all people to develop to their full potential.

The highest potential of each human being is great kindness and understanding, having sensitivity to each other; and the understanding of immediate and ultimate needs of others. This is the human totality and each of us possesses the potential to achieve it.
— Lama Yeshe

We also take inspiration from our Patron, the Dalai Lama, who is one of the world’s leading advocates for the promotion of human values and universal ethics in education and society. 

The key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion. We do not need to become religious, nor do we need to believe in an ideology. All that is necessary is for each of us to develop our good human qualities.
— The Dalai Lama

Since FDCW’s inception, our Honorary President, Lama Zopa, has provided guidance on our development and programmes.

May Universal Education for compassion and wisdom spread all over the world – especially in countries where there is violence.

May it open our hearts, so that all beings become vessels of universal compassion and wisdom.

May we all become living antidotes to war, torture and sickness, and to physical and mental problems.

Through the education of the good heart may all beings practice kindness, rejoicing, patience, contentment, forgiveness, apologising and courage.
— Lama Zopa, FDCW Honorary President

Our Vision

A more peaceful, compassionate and sustainable world built on long-lasting personal and social change.

Our Mission

To enable positive personal and social change through educational programmes and resources based on universal human values.

The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom’s programmes are guided by six principles:

  • Accessible: suitable for people of all ages and cultures, and of any faith or none
  • Practical: immediately applicable to everyday life, from birth up until death
  • Appreciative: celebrating the unique potential of every individual
  • Non-dogmatic: encouraging critical thinking and self-reflection
  • Integrated: promoting learning methods that bring together both head and heart
  • Authentic: rooted in Buddhist philosophy and psychology and compatible with modern scientific research