Lecture by MS. JETSUN PEMA
BEING HAPPY Human Values & the Education of Children

To cultivate a vital foundation in your heart that will support you at all times. To become an individual who can flourish in any circumstances -- ethnic, racial, geographic, religious, cultural, traditional or social. And to be happy, making others happy. There is a universal education that makes all of this possible. Where did this education arise from?

What would you do ...
if you had lost your family, homeland, property, freedom, human rights ...
yet still had to be strong and survive in a strange land?

Sunday, July 5, 2009 at the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center , Tokyo



Tibetan refugee children who escaped over the Himalayas from their homeland now survive and flourish all over the world. Even as a minority, they form productive relationships and live meaningful lives. Their secret lies in an education based upon the human values found inside all of us.
It is a wisdom born of extreme suffering and deprivation. It is ancient yet always fresh, and it is universally relevant.

Ms. JETSUN PEMA, born as the younger sister of the 14th Dalai Lama in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, before its drastic upheavals, is an extraordinary teacher, a specialist in children’ s education with a cosmopolitan outlook. From childhood, she was educated at Christian schools in India and Switzerland. Undergoing unimaginable experiences of light and darkness in exile, she was inaugurated as the first female government minister in Tibetan history. She has received many world-famous awards for her work in education and peace, including the UNESCO Medal in 1999. An eminent educator known for her warm-heartedness, with 45 years of practical experience in school teaching, Ms. Jetsun Pema is coming to Japan to share her wisdom with those of us who enjoy material affluence, yet remain spiritually unsatisfied.

“Education that enables you to become a happy person, capable of creating a happy society” Nurture each individual’ s good qualities in order to make all of us happy ... This is a lecture about fundamental truths in education, which no one in Japan -- teachers, parents, students, children -- indeed, anyone who has ever been a child or a student -- should miss.

Ms. Jetsun Pema’s Biography

  • 1940 Born in Lhasa, younger sister of the 14th Dalai Lama.
  • 1949 Jetsun Pema leaves Tibet for India. (The People’s Republic of China sends its army to invade Tibet.)
  • 1951 Jetsun Pema enters boarding school at the convent of Loreto in Darjeeling.
  • 1959 (The Dalai Lama leaves Lhasa and begins exile in India.)
  • 1960 Foundation of the Nursery for Tibetan Refugee Children, with Jetsun Pema’s elder sister Tsering Dolma as its head.
  • 1961 Jetsun Pema goes to Switzerland to study.
  • 1964 Death of Tsering Dolma, after which Jetsun Pema takes charge of the Nursery for Tibetan Refugee Children.
  • 1972 Creation of the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) with Jetsun Pema as its head. Jetsun Pema gives birth to her third child.
  • 1984 Death of Jetsun Pema’s husband, Lhundup Gyalpo.
  • 1986 Jetsun Pema’s second marriage, to Tempa Tsering.
  • 1989 (The Dalai Lama receives the Nobel Prize.)
  • 1990 Jetsun Pema becomes the first woman minister in the Tibetan government in exile.
  • 1995 Jetsun Pema is given the title “Mother of Tibet” by the Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies in exile.
Principal awards and prizes:
  • 1991 Hermann Gmeiner Medal
  • 1999 Medal of UNESCO
  • 2000 International Montessori Award for Education and Peace, in Italy
  • 2002 Woman of Courage Award, in Italy
  • 2006 The World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, in Sweden
  • 2008 Bharat Jyoti Award, in India
  • 2008 Honorary Citizenship Award at Thiene, in Italy

DATE&TIME Sunday, July 5, 2009
Opening at 18:00
18:30~19:00 DVD show: Maria Blumencron's film “Escape Over the Himalayas” (2000)
19:00~20:00 Lecture by Ms. Jetsun Pema
20:00~20:30 Q & A
Closing at 21:00
Site International Conference Room, International Community Tower at the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center
Address: 3-1, Yoyogi Jin-en-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Tel.: 03-3469-2525
Access 10 min. walk from Sangubashi Station (Odakyu Line)
15 min. walk from Yoyogi-Koen Station
Seat number 200
Admission Fee 1,500yen (all advance tickets & reserved seats only) / Free for high school students or younger
Ticket orders Reserve tickets by E-mail or phone call, before June 25
E-mail: jetsunpema75@gmail.com Phone: 090-3317-0011 (general information)

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Transfer the ticket fee to our designated account; after it is confirmed, your ticket will be delivered.
The lecture will be in English. If you need translation in Japanese, please request an earphone receiver with your ticket order. Please note that only 150 earphone receivers are available.
Organized by Tibet support group KIKU
Sponsored by Tibet House Japan