- Learn how to:
Increase emotional resilience and confidence
Achieve a greater sense of well-being and purpose
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WHAT ARE THE 16 GUIDELINES?
The 16G are a practical tool for making life better. They provide a simple, robust framework for reflecting on how we think, speak and act, and for creating causes to experience lasting happiness and meaning.
The 16 Guidelines programme provides a simple, robust and flexible framework for developing empathy, compassion and resilience in daily life, suitable for both educational curricula and for personal and professional development.
The programme offers a range of practical tools and resources designed to promote reflection on the way we think, speak, act, and find meaning in life, presented through a mixture of exercises, group work and discussion. Benefits include:
- increased emotional resilience
- better relationships, at work and at home
- a greater capacity for insight and personal reflection
- a greater sense of well-being, confidence and purpose
Discoveries in neuroscience suggest that each of us has the potential to continue developing and transforming our minds, from birth until death. The 16G can help us to do this in a way that will benefit both ourselves and others. If you change your mind, you change your life.
The 16G were inspired by the 16 Human Dharmas, an ethical code written by King Songsten Gampo in 7th century Tibet to guide his citizens. The code played a crucial part in the transformation of Tibet from a warlike nation into a civilisation renowned for its peace and serenity. So the 16G are a contemporary presentation of ancient wisdom. They are decep- tively simple words which appear in all of the spiritual, religious and philosophical traditions of the world – even if they aren’t always put into practice. If we learn to apply them to real-life situations, they demonstrate a capacity to transform our relationships, help us to make wise decisions, and bring us peace of mind in difficult of circumstances.
Claudia is an international accredited facilitator in the Finding your Happy: 16 Guidelines for Life training pathway.
About the two-day workshop:
The Level 1 is a two-day course that introduces participants to the 16G and the framework of the four Wisdom Themes. Using interactive and experiential methodologies it gives inspiration and skills to apply the 16G in everyday life.
Participants are guided in personal explorations using the Guidelines as frames to analyse the way they relate to their experiences. The programme offers a range of practical tools and resources designed to promote reflection on the way we think, speak, act, and find meaning in life, presented through a mixture of exercises, group work and discussion. The skill of mindfulness is fundamental to all applications of the 16G so instruction and practice in mindfulness are included.
• increased emotional resilience
• better relationships, at work and at home
• a greater capacity for insight and personal reflection
• a greater sense of well-being, confidence and purpose
“The minute you live in the Guidelines, your life will change.”
Lama Zopa, Honorary President of Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom
About FDCW and UECW
The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom (FDCW) is an international non-profit organization established in 2005 with the aim of creating and disseminating educational programmes and resources based on universal human values which enable positive, long-lasting, personal and social change. FDCW takes forward the vision of the late Lama Yeshe for Universal Education which enables people to develop to their full potential, addressing their totality as a human being.
Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom (UECW) is a secular approach to inner development that empowers people to lead a happy and meaningful life and to be of service to others. UECW is rooted in Buddhist philosophy and psychology and deeply influenced by contemporary science and the universal wisdom of the world’s philosophical, spiritual and belief traditions.
FDCW aims to bring together science and spirituality in a contemporary experiential style suitable for people of all ages, beliefs and cultural traditions. The Dalai Lama is the Patron and Lama Zopa is the Honorary President. FDCW is affiliated to the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).
At the suggestion of Lama Zopa Rinpoche the first UECW programme developed by FDCW was the 16 Guidelines for Life (16G). Since the launch in Sydney in 2006, the 16G have been adopted by thousands of people in over 24 countries, and catalysed a wide range of activities in education, youth work, health and social care, prisons, business leadership, family support, and community activism. The 16G are an inspiration for taking action to benefit others and self, and they offer a simple, practical framework for doing this.
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