SCIENCE for MONKS

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Monastics Science Leaders - 1st Cohort

David's Chronons

Thupten Nyingney

Monastery: Sera Jey

Group: David's Chronons

Birth: Nov 25, 1979

Phone: (+91) 9845659958

Email: tsetenyignyen@yahoo.co.in

Favorite Discipline: Neuroscience

"Neuroscience is the most interesting subject in science for me because it is related with all the philosophical and ethical questions in our lives. Just like we need to consult doctors when we have physical problems, we need to consult or deepen our neuroscience to have a complete view about ourselves."

Thapke Lodoe

Monastery: Sera Je

Group: David's Chronons

Birth: Feb 20, 1979

Phone: (+91) 09740225304

Email: thabkhelodroe@yahoo.com

Favorite Discipline: Cosmology

"We can teach the essence of science and Buddhism through collaborations and comparisons. It is like an exciting new discovery that’s not happened before. It is also helpful for preserving Tibetan culture and heritage."

Ngawang Sherap

Monastery: Sera Jey

Group: David's Chronons

Email: nawangnow@yahoo.com

Favorite Discipline: Neuroscience

"For me learning science is not only to know new things and widen horizon, but also to preserve our culture and heritage."

Sonam Wangchuk

Monastery: Sera Je

Group: David's Chronons

Birth: 1975

Phone: (+91) 9845432640

Email: swangchk@yahoo.co.in

Favorite Discipline: Relativity, Quantum Physics

"This world is world of the science, not religion. We have a big problem that is not lack of science, it is not enough of compassion and inability to control human attachment. My dream is to promote compassion with science education, that is why I learn science."

Geshe Thupten Kunkhen

Monastery: Sera Mey

Group: David's Chronons

Birth: Dec 15, 1961

Phone: (+91)

Email: tengjanangtk@hotmail.com

Favorite Discipline: Neuroscience and Life science

"Monks and nuns studying science is a very good idea and our leadership students have the responsibility to make this effort a success. Gradually, through ongoing consulting with the monasteries, we can find a away to teach science to the general monastic population as part of their curriculum without causing any damage to their traditional studies."

Lobsang Choephel

Monastery:Sera Jey

Ngawang Norbu

Monastery: Sera Je

Group: David's Chronons

Phone: (+91) 9945661407

Email: nganorl@yahoo.com

Favorite Discipline: Neuroscience

"Science education becoming part of monastic education is very important and beneficial. Due to technological advancements countries are becoming closer and closer - this will help in educational exchanges."

Geshe Nyima Tashi

Monastery: Sera Je

Group: David's Chronons

Birth: 1961

Phone: (+91) 9845789057

Email: nyima_tashi2002@yahoo.com

Favorite Discipline: Neuro-Psycology, and Neuro-Physiology

"Although, some people worry if monks studying science can contribute something positive to the universe. Most of the people in the monastery are aware of the monks studying science and how it is important. Now, the next step will be starting science classes in the monasteries and we need your advice, how to introduce this according to monastery curriculum... soon we will give you good news."

Dawa Dorjee

Monastery: Sera Je

Group: David's Chronons

Phone: (+91) 9980991749

Email: Dador1232003@yahoo.com

Favorite Discipline: Physics

"I was largely interested in scientific information since these are brief and to the point."

Gaden

Lodeo Sangpo

Monastery: Gaden Jangtse

Group: Gaden

Phone: (+91) 9900482596

Email: ld_sangpo@yahoo.com

Favorite Discipline: Neuroscience and Cosmology

"Monks teaching science to other fellow monks is a very important step. This will not only bring science to the monastic community, but will also lay a firm foundation of science within the entire Tibetan community."

Lobsang (Soepa) Namgyal

Monastery: Gaden Shartse

Group: Gaden

Birth: 1978

Phone: (+91) 9880006559

Email: LobsangNamgyal67@yahoo.com

Favorite Discipline: Neuroscience

"If science becomes a part of the monastic curriculum, this can not only enhance the Buddhism, but also can also be complementary in science too."

Kalsang Gyaltsen

Monastery: Gaden Shartse

Group: Gaden

Phone: (+91) 9805475060

Email: drikalsang@gmail.com

Favorite Discipline: Writing

"I love writing, my main aim is to share knowledge, especially science with other students - my monk classmates and all the monks."

Konchok Choephel

Monastery: Gaden Jangtse

Group: Gaden

Birth: 1977

Phone: (+91) 9742100499

Email: jamyang555@yahoo.co.in

Favorite Discipline: Cosmology and Biology

"At the age of thirteen I joined a secondary school but faced a lot of difficulties in learning science, the lessons were in Chinese and the teachers were just teaching us to pass the test. After that I joined the monastery and studied astrology, Buddhist philosophy, poetry, grammar, and all of the Tibetan traditions, I had a very good teacher. I also learned about lunar and solar eclipses, exactly as it happens according to the international calendar and the Tibetan calendar, so I became very curious to learn more about modern astronomy."

Gedun Gyatso

Monastery: Gaden Shartse

Group: Gaden

Birth: 1977

Phone: (+91) 9945731957

Email:

Favorite Discipline: Neuroscience and Cosmology

"The most interesting topics are brain science and formation of the universe. We can research on these two topics from both science and Buddhism, in addition, these are two significant frontiers of knowledge."

Monk Science Corner

Lhundrup Gyatso

Monastery: Drepung Gomang

Group: Monk Science Corner

Birth: Feb 22, 1977

Phone: (+91) 9743593981/9736265389/9945402889

Email: Lhun_d@yahoo.com

Favorite Discipline: Cosmology
Student Quote:

"Studying science has had a great impact on me. Science is something that pervades its influence on every life and for me has created abroad or open outlook towards my Buddhist studies."

Jime Gyatso

Monastery: Drepung Gomang

Group: Monk Science Corner

Birth: Mar 15, 1979

Phone: (+91) 9845973959/9980562969

Email: jemegatso@yahoo.in

Favorite Discipline: Astronomy/Cosmology
Student Quote:

"This century is century of globalization and the introduction of science education is very important. Buddhism has imported ideas from lots other traditions in the past, and although we face a little obstacle of terminology translation, it will not be too difficult to introduce science education."

Gelek Gyaltsen

Monastery: Drepung Loseling

Group: Monk Science Corner

Birth: Oct 2, 1975

Phone: (+91) 9739352773

Email: tehorgelek@yahoo.com

Favorite Discipline: Neuroscience

"When learning science, I was attracted to the deep and profound explanations of atomic particles. Since then, I was deeply interested in learning science."

Geshe Ngawang Nyingtop

Group: Monk Science Corner

"Science focuses more on external development, not so much the internal development. Buddhism pays much emphasis on the internal development, not so much on the external development. So monks by studying science can find how to bring these two together."

Tenzin Choegyal

Monastery: Drepung Loseling

Group: Monk Science Corner

Birth: April 29, 1983

Phone: (+91) 9538933898/9845157808

Email: tenzinchoegal@gmail.com, t_chogyal@yahoo.co.in

Favorite Discipline: Biology and Neuroscience

"These two topics are of special interest to me. At first, how the mind interprets phenomina around us and then how our affirmation of the self effect the body and functions of mental consciousness."

Geshe Ngawang Gyatso

Group: Monk Science Corner

Phone: (+91) 9972457206

Email: ngagya@yahoo.com, t_chogyal@yahoo.co.in

Favorite Discipline: Biology and Neuroscience

"These two topics are of special interest to me. At first, how the mind interprets phenomina around us and then how our affirmation of the self effect the body and functions of mental consciousness."

Geshe Yeshi Choephel

Monastery: Drepung Loseling

Group: Monk Science Corner

Birth: 1954

Favorite Discipline: Neuroscience

"Neuroscience is the area where I can see that science and Buddhism can benefit most from each other. I think that this can bring results that can be beneficial to all the sentient beings."

Sonam Choephel

Monastery: Drepung Loseling

Group: Monk Science Corner

Phone: (+91) 9972817784

Email: sonamdakgo@yahoo.co.uk

Favorite Discipline: Physics, Neurology

"The reason why I am studying science is that I want myself to become a 21st century monk. After studying Buddhism for about 20 years, I am trying to become a good servant of the society and science will be a good tool for me, in this field."

Nargajuna

Geshe Tenpa Phakchok

Monastery: Drepung Gomang

Group: Nargajuna

Birth:Jan 15th, 1958

Phone: (+91) 9741627523

Email: geshetenphakchok@rediffmail.com

Favorite Discipline: Topics related to Buddhist ideas.

"I learn science to analyze science and Buddhism and spread out the good points between these two. Moreover, I would like to teach science to those who are eager to learn."

Ngawang Lobsang

Monastery: Derpung Loseling

Group: Nargajuna

Birth: 1975

Phone: (+91) 9743847155

Email: dddlobsang@yahoo.co.in

Favorite Discipline:

"As for the Tibetans our present knowledge is not enough to fulfill all of the needs of the Tibetan people. The part of knowledge that is missing in our society is scientific knowledge. So His Holiness encourages Tibetan monastic communities to learn science and to translate this scientific knowledge into Tibetan language for the future generations of the Tibetan people. For the non-Tibetan people in the present world, they have a very good knowledge of science. Their understanding of the material world is high but this is not enough for them to live a happy life, and spirituality is lagging behind. We hope that this kind of education may contribute some spirituality to the scientific community."

Tsering Phuntsok

Monastery: Drepung Loseling

Group: Nargajuna

Birth: Jan 9, 1981

Phone: (+91) 09663480777

Email: norphuntsok@yahoo.in.co

Favorite Discipline: Biology, Physics, Neuroscience

"Science is part of a good education and that it is necessary now in our society. As science becomes a standard education subject at the same time we need to learn Buddhism and science hand-in-hand. So the next generation will pay attention to the Buddhist traditions."

Sherab Tenzin

Monastery: Drepung Gomang

Group: Nargajuna

Birth: May 13, 1977

Phone: (+91) 9980238602

Email: Ngawa_sherab@yahoo.ca

Favorite Discipline: Neuroscience

"Our monastic abbots need to gather and pass resolution that makes science part of monastic education during a time when the Dalai Lama is present. We must be creative and find ways to teach science at many levels of study."

Lobsang Dhondup

Group: Nargajuna

Phone: (+91) 9980238602

Email: l_sdhondup@rediffmail.com

Thupten Tsering

Group: Nargajuna

Zhang Zhung

Yundrung Konchok

Monastery: Menri (Bon) Monastery

Group: Zhang Zhung

Phone: (+91) 9816836699

Email: yungdrungk@hotmail.com

Dhoundup Gyaltsen

Monastery: Menri (Bon) Monastery

Group: Zhung Zhang

Birth: July 10, 1979

Phone: (+91) 9816774605

Email: dhundupbon@rediffmail.com

Favorite Discipline: Biology

"I consider studying science an important part of my studies. Science and technology advancements help us to modernize and in order for Buddhism to survive in the modern environment, we must collaborate with science to bring benefit to all sentient beings."

Sakya Pandita

Tashi Phuntsok

Monastery: Sakya Monastery

Group: Sakya Pandita

Birth: 1975

Phone: (+91) 9008901243

Email: acharyasakyatashi@gmail.com

Favorite Discipline: Physics

"It is my great hope and dream to establish an institution where Tibetan monks can study both Buddhism and science"

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