Ha Vinh Tho, "From the War Zones to the Happiness Country - 2014"

The Sixth Annual Peace Lecture

February 19, 2014


How can Gross National Happiness in Bhutan contribute to creating an enlightened society? This year's Bayard and John Cobb Peace Lecture will explore how engaged Buddhism can contribute to conflict resolution, reconciliation, and healing.

Ha Vinh explains, "From Vietnam to Afghanistan and Darfur, my life has been intimately linked to war. Working with the International Committee of the Red Cross, I have seen most of the armed conflicts of the past decade. As a Ha Vinh Tho in BhutanBuddhist practitioner, I have tried to investigate how inner transformation can lead to social change.

I now live in Bhutan, the country that has been a pioneer in promoting human happiness and the wellbeing of all life forms as the goal of a new development paradigm.

My endeavor at the GNH Centre is to create transformative learning experiences based on contemplative practices, to support people in finding ways to meet the individual and collective challenges of our time."

Ha Vinh Tho, PhD, program director of the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan, is in charge of setting the learning objectives, as well as developing the curriculum and learning process for both Bhutanese and international participants. He also served as the head of training, learning, and development at the International Committee of the Red Cross from 2005 to 2011, and has trained humanitarian professionals working in war zones and emergency response in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Ha Vinh is the founder and chairman of Eurasia Foundation, a humanitarian NGO developing educational programs for children and youths living with disabilities, as well as advancing ecological projects in Vietnam. Learn more about Ha Vinh Tho at his blog.


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