Students visit the Tibetan Peace Garden Jul 1, 2019 As part of its outreach programme, Tibet Foundation gave a tour of the Tibetan Peace Garden to 33 A-Level students from Greenhead College, Huddersfield. The visit, on July 1st, was co-ordinated by RS teacher Ian Kennedy, who organised a similar event last year. The Foundation’s executive director, Dhondup Samten, spoke of the garden’s uniquely significant location, next to the Imperial War Museum, and the Buddhist symbolism that inspired its design. In reply to questions, he considered social activism in Buddhist practice, and the charity’s ‘socially engaged activities’ in relation to poverty and disaster relief. He explained that the Foundation’s name in Tibetan (ge-tsa) means ‘roots of merit’ and that its work is underpinned by Buddhist principles. Asked why the Peace Garden is important, he said it provides a space for remembrance and contemplation where people can cultivate positive mind states. The afternoon concluded with a reflection on two types of peace identified by the Foundation’s patron, His Holiness the Dalai Lama: mutual understanding and respect, and the inner ‘disarmament’ that occurs when we address the causes of disturbing emotions within ourselves. By transforming our own hearts and minds, we can develop love and compassion for sentient beings, for the benefit of all.