“Change can only take place through action, not through prayer and meditation alone.”

~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

SCIENCE FOR MONKS AND NUNS:

A VERY NEW OLD IDEA

The Science for Monks program represents the first time in the 1,500-year history of Tibetan Buddhism that Western science is being taught as part of the monastic curriculum, so it’s critical that our effort is done in a way that’s respectful and patient and sees value in a conversation that goes in both directions.

It wasn’t my idea to teach monks science. The Science for Monks program is the brainchild of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. My family foundation, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, and the Dalai Lama have been partners in this initiative since 2000. There are many other exciting initiatives around the world. The Mine & Life Institute has been leading dialogues between contemplatives and Western scientists for three decades. Emory University’s Emory-Tibet Science Initiative and the Tibet Institute Rikon’s Science Meets Dharma project both train Tibetan monks in Western science. Our program has evolved from one that teaches science to the monks to one that teaches the monks to teach science.

Websites:

Science for Monks and Nuns 
Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

SCIENCE FOR MONKS & NUNS:

CREATING PARTNERSHIPS

 

“The proper way to preserve Buddhist Dharma is not through prayer but through thinking and full cooperation with modern scientists.”

~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

SCIENCE FOR MONKS & NUNS:

TEACHERS INTO LEADERS

 

“With the ever-growing impact of science on our lives, religion and spirituality have a greater role to play reminding us of our humanity. There is no contradiction between the two. Each gives us valuable insights into the other. Both science and the teachings of the Buddha tell us of the fundamental unity of all things.”

~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

SCIENCE FOR MONKS & NUNS:

EXPANDING TO NUNNERIES

 

“Our work with nuns is critical if efforts to integrate Tibetan Buddhism and science are to have long-term success. A network of science centers encompassing both monasteries and nunneries across multiple Buddhist traditions will ensure the changes we envision become part of the fabric of those traditions.”

~ Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

“If science is the systemic pursuit of the accurate knowledge of reality, then science is Buddhism and Buddhism is science .”

~ Robert Thurman