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The session was held on the 6th of March 2021. The session was led by Venerable Tenzin Lekdron, a Sri Lankan born, Buddhist nun, ordained in the Tibetan tradition for the past six years. Formally ordained in India, by His Holiness the Dalia Lama. She has during her time in Sri Lanka as an ordained nun teamed up with female religious leaders from around the country, delivering lectures at community gatherings. She is currently working to create a wider recognition of trauma and the consequences that arise from ongoing abuse and neglect, with the belief that trauma-informed mindfulness is a pathway to recovery from its effects.
The first virtual dialogue on ‘Mindfulness with values, ethics and empathy, for all Educators’ was held on the 8th of January 2021. The purpose of the dialogue was to discuss the role of mindfulness in promoting values, ethical behaviour, integrity, kindness and empathy amongst all educators, in schools and universities.  Please see below the videos of the panel lists :  Ms Kaira Jewel Lingo, MA  Mr Jamie Bristow Ringu Tulku Rinponche Ven. Dhammajiva Maha Thero Dr Kumanga Andrahennadi

The session was held on the 30th of January 2021. After an initial introduction, and a guided mindfulness session, there was a Q & A with open discussion.

The session was led by Venerable Chandaratana – Deputy Abbot Nissaranavanaya Monastery, Sri Lanka.  He is a senior Buddhist Mindfulness meditation teacher, and regularly conducts meditation retreats and on-line mindfulness meditation programs.  He was ordained in 2008 and prior to that he was an Electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Computer Science. He has held many professional and undergraduate teaching assignments,  and has worked in the US, Singapore and Sri Lanka, prior to taking up ordination.

The session was held on the 18th of February 2021. The session was led by Ms. Maria Lucia Uribe Torres. Ms. Maria Lucia Uribe Torres is the Executive Director of Arigatou International Geneva. She heads the strategic direction of the Ethics Education for Children Initiative as an International Knowledge and Action Hub with partners in more than 30 countries. She is also in charge of developing and maintaining Arigatou International’s engagement in child rights initiatives with UN agencies and child rights-focused NGOs in Geneva. Previous to her appointment, Ms. Uribe was the Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator for Education and Fragility for the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), and served as Program Officer for Arigatou International in charge of coordinating the development of its flagship program, Learning to Live Together. She convenes the International Consortium on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence, and the Working Group on Children and Violence of Child Rights Connect. Ms. Uribe serves on the Steering Group of the International Partnership for Religion and Development – PaRD.

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