With the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit: Nobel Laureates in Dialogue less than TWO months away, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education is pleased to announce some of the distinguished speakers who will be attending this extraordinary event.

The public event, which begins September 27, 2009, will bring SEVEN Nobel laureates to Vancouver, including:

  • His Holiness The Dalai Lama
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Mairead Maguire
  • Betty Williams
  • Jody Williams
  • Rigoberta Menchu Tum
  • Murray Gell-Mann

The three-day event will provide an intimate forum for The Dalai Lama and other brilliant minds, including Maria Shriver, Jane Goodall and Eckhart Tolle, to consider issues of universal responsibility, education and compassion as a foundation for peace.

Summit Overview

The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education is honoured to host His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Vancouver, September 26-29, 2009 for the Vancouver Peace Summit: Nobel Laureates in Dialogue. Joining the Dalai Lama will be Nobel PEACE PRIZE Laureates: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams, Mairead McGuire, RIGOBERTA MENCHU TUM and Betty Williams, as well as a number of respected international leaders from the realms of education, the arts, business, politics and social transformation.

The Summit will be built on dialogues held at the Chan Center for the Performing Arts and the Orpheum Theatre. The focus of these dialogues will include the themes of peace, education and women and peace-building.


The Vancouver Peace Summit will help to address a broad range of social, cultural and economic challenges. It will strengthen the path of peace through six key themes, detailed below.

Connecting for Change: Inspired Leadership for Transformative Action

A key component of the Summit is Connecting for Change, a three-day invitation-only dialogue for corporate and social leaders and philanthropists that will focus on questions related to universal
themes of compassion, community, and peace.

Today's most important challenges cannot be met by working within the confines of traditional sectors. Inspirational, corporate, social and philanthropic innovators will share their experiences transforming themselves, their organizations and communities. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be a guest at a special session of this invitation-only dialogue intended to inspire cross-sector connections
and collaborations.

World Peace through Personal Peace

Personal peace shapes what people believe and how they behave. It is vital to understanding our world and can be used to improve the lot of humankind. An intimate and personal discussion with the Dalai Lama and other respected leaders from across the globe who have inspired societal change through their personal endeavors will explore how inner transformation can help us work towards building a peaceful world.

Nobel Laureates in Dialogue: Connecting for Peace

Leadership in the peaceful resolution of conflict requires both an understanding of differences and an appreciation of our common humanity. It combines a sense of responsibility for others with faith in the power of individuals to shape institutions and create positive change. It also requires working with others to share efforts, create new possibilities, and bridge differences. In this inspiring dialogue, SIX Nobel Peace Laureates - including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams, Mairead Maguire, RIGOBERTA MENCHU TUM, and Betty Williams - will discuss their own motivations, their experiences of connecting for change, and their perspectives on our human responsibilities at the present time.

Women & Peace-Building: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama & Friends

Women play a vital but often unrecognized role in advancing peace. The summit will bring together leaders from across the spectrum of education, arts, politics, business, philanthropy, and community activism, to explore and share the many ways that women are creating a more compassionate and peaceful world - in their families, communities and in the world.


In partnership with Free the Children, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education will present We Day Vancouver - a special summit program engaging young people to reach out to others and transform their communities for the better.

Educating the Heart

The summit session will address social-emotional learning (SEL), heart-mind education and creativity in education. These approaches develop concentration and creativity, deepen insight, and cultivate an awareness and understanding among students. Distinguished authors, researchers and teachers will share the latest research and findings with summit attendees and participants.


Sunday, September 27, 2009


The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Eckhart Tolle and Matthieu Ricard Special Event: Fetzer Institute Prize for Love and Forgiveness to be presented to his Holiness The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the University of British Columbia


Special Event: TED.com Prize winner Karen Armstrong and the Charter for Compassion NOBEL LAUREATES IN DIALOGUE: CONNECTING FOR PEACE The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire, Betty Williams,  RIGOBERTA MENCHU TUM and Jody Williams
Moderator: Mary Robinson

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the University of British Columbia

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Creativity and Well-being: The Dalai Lama, Sir Ken Robinson, Daniel Siegel, the Blue Man Group, Eckhart Tolle, Murray Gell-MannModerator: Matthieu Ricard

Heart-Mind Education: The Dalai Lama, Clyde Hertzman, Kim Schonert-Reichl, Stephen Covey, Adele Diamond and Mairead MaguireModerator: Martha Piper

Presented in collaboration with the Irving K. Barber LEARNING CENTRE at the University of British Columbia SUPPORTED BY IRVING K BARBER

Orpheum Theatre


The Dalai Lama, Kim Campbell, Jody Williams, Maria Shriver, Ashley Judd, Fazle Hasan Abed, ELA BHATT, Swanee Hunt and Susan Davis

Orpheum Theatre

HIGHLIGHT: The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, in collaboration with Free The Children, also hosts "We Day Vancouver," a special Summit program at GM Place for 16,000 student leaders from BC schools. For information, go to www.freethechildren.com

Program and speakers subject to change without notice For more information, please visit www.dalailamacenter.org

Presented in collaboration with the Fetzer Institute www.fetzer.org