The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.

The following article is excerpted from His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s new book The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World and serves as the opening piece for this new volume of RHI focusing on environmental education.  We think it sets the perfect tone not just for this newest RHI initiative but also for you, the teacher, as you think about how to motivate and inspire not just your students, but their parents, fellow faculty and, well, yourself!

It is clear that, given the reality of the interdependent world in which we now live, no individual or group, community or nation can live in isolation. This is not a merely abstract idea, but a political, economic and environmental reality. Our actions have an impact on others and the emerging global community. This is why an interdependent society has to be a compassionate society, compassionate in its choice of goals and responsible in its cooperation in pursuit of those goals. (more…)