The Foundation works at the intersection of the commitments of His Holiness the Dalai Lama – to serve all sentient beings to find personal happiness and for there to be peace on our fractured planet. He is widely celebrated as a pre-eminent spiritual leader and statesman for our troubled times.

Through its rich repertoire of programs, the Foundation works to nurture:

  • Universal Human Values
  • Capacities for Peaceful Coexistence & Non Violence
  • Interfaith Harmony & Understanding
  • Women’s Equal Rights & Gender Justice
  • Environment
  • Conversations between Science & Buddhism
  • The preservation of Tibet’s’ civilizational heritage, in particular the Nalanda tradition.

Its initiatives include WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace) that has been in the forefront on issues of gender, peace and security in the South Asian Region

The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, founded in November, 1990, is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, non-denominational organization established with the funds from the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to His Holiness in 1989.

In the spirit of the Charter of the United Nations, the Foundation brings together men and women of different faiths, professions and nationalities, through a range of creative initiatives and mutually sustaining collaborations that seek to foster an inclusive, just and non-violent world. It also seeks to expand the network of globally committed citizens that are sensitive to responsibilities in an interdependent world.

“This new foundation will implement projects according to Tibetan Buddhist principles to benefit people everywhere, focus­ing especially on assisting non-violent methods, on improving communication between religion and science, on securing hu­man rights and democratic freedoms, and on conserving and restoring our precious Mother Earth.”

“I believe that to meet the challenge of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for his or her own self, family or nation, but for the benefit of all mankind. Universal responsibility is the real key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace, the equitable use of natural resources, and through concern for future generations, the proper care of the environment. I, for one, truly believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of great change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.”

-H.H. the XIVth Dalai Lama