The 16G International Guidelines Program (16G) is based on a simple idea - we can change the way we experience the world ,through reflecting and transformation of the way we think, act, relate to others and find meaning. becoming compassionate and caring for ourselves and others. Exploring the 16 guidelines, which express universal values, enables a deeper acquaintance with ourselves, breaking down restrictive self-perceptions, improving our relationships, making better decisions and finding peace of mind and resilience, even in times of crisis.
The 16 Guidelines program was initiated in 2006 by the Organization for the Development of Compassion and Wisdom (FDCW) and currently operates in 22 countries. Thousands of people around the world have found in the program a simple, practical and in-depth learning framework that contributes significantly to finding happiness, fulfillment and meaning in their personal and professional lives, through the development of emotional resilience, socio-emotional learning skills, social skills and personal and community empowerment. Beit Halomim brought the program to Israel in 2020, when it became the official representative of the program on behalf of FDCW. Dreamer's Home (NGO) offers workshops, lectures and activities for organizational, public and private settings, in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
The 16 Guidelines
The 16 guidelines are universal values that help us develop and become caring and compassionate people, and live a meaningful lives with lasting happiness and fulfillment for ourselves and for others. Each guideline represents a universal value or position rooted in an infrastructure of compassion and wisdom. Compassion is a central position leading to personal and collective happiness. Wisdom, defined as an understanding of our consciousness and the reality of the world, is essential for the development of compassion.
Source and inspiration
The inspiration for the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life is a collection of tips written to promote peace and well-being in seventh-century Tibet. The purpose and role of the advice (known in the tradition as the 16 human dharma) was to help people of all ages, levels of education, cultural backgrounds or life circumstances coexist in harmony. We may have come to the right time to re-present to the modern world this collection of tips of the 16 inner values in order to realize this goal.
The 16 human dharma were collected by King Sungsten Gampo who lived around 613 to 650 AD. Writings found in the Donhuang Caves present him as a warrior king who united the various tribes in Tibet to create an empire, that stretched from the modern Kabool to the borders of China. He formed his power through a variety of strategic marriage alliances, the most important of which were the marriage of the daughter of the King of Nepal to the south and the daughter of Tang, emperor of China, to the east.
Both princesses were Buddhist, and it seems they played a significant role in encouraging their husband to become a Buddhist himself and to promote Buddhist ideas and culture. As the first Buddhist king of Tibet, King Sungsten Gampu inspired an epic-scale narrative, according to which the king lived until the age of 89, and on his deathbed was absorbed into Jobo Rinpoche, a sacred figure believed to have been blessed by the Buddha himself.
Without knowing what is true in the myths surrounding King Sungsten Gampo, there is no doubt that he was a visionary who was responsible for the creation of the Tibetan A-B and its constitution; He brought paper and ink to Tibet, and took care of translating texts from Sanskrit and building monasteries such as the Jokhang Temple in Lahasa.