Victor Chan

Trustee and founding Director , Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education

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Victor Chan is a Trustee and founding Director of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. Chan has known the Dalai Lama for over 30 years and co-authored with him The Wisdom of Forgiveness. The book was shortlisted for the Best Spiritual Book of 2005 and translated into 14 languages.

Chan was Chair of the Organizing Committee responsible for the visit of the Dalai Lama to Vancouver in 2004. He and Professor Pitman Potter convened the symposium on “How to Balance Educating the Mind with Educating the Heart” which featured the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Shirin Ebadi, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Professor Jo-Ann Archibald.

In 2005, Chan and the Dalai Lama co-founded the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education in Vancouver, Canada.

In response to Chan’s invitation, the Dalai Lama returned to Vancouver in September 2006 to attend the Vancouver Dialogues dedicated to promoting the Center’s key themes of compassion, peace and education.

Chan has traveled extensively through his work, including numerous treks to Tibet. He wrote the 1,100-page Tibet Handbook (Moon Travel Guide). The book is recognized as the most comprehensive guide on the culture, art, sacred sites, and pilgrimage routes of Tibet.

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