SCIENCE for MONKS

creating science learning communities with tibetan buddhist monastics since 2001

Tibetan Monastic Science Leaders

Gaden Science Leadership Group

"We wrote about the origins of life from the scientific viewpoint, the Buddhist point, and also the Tibetan medical viewpoint"

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

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Writing About Origins - 2009

Members of the group have been working on an extended piece of writing about personal traits, genetics and the evolution of DNA. The 30-page article investigates the building blocks of DNA and traces back the cosmic history of its components to the early universe.

The group decided on this topic during one of their group meetings. The writing process for the group started with each member individually writing a few pages introducing the main ideas they thought were most salient to include in the article. Subsequently, they met again to discus these writings and created an outline for the extended article. They chose a member of their group, Kalsang Gyaltsen, an avid writer, to be the lead author – it was his job to collect needed content from the group and finalize the draft. The group hopes to continue this work and someday publish a book, a comparison between biology, cosmology and Buddhism.

"We wrote about the origins of life from the scientific viewpoint, the Buddhist point, and also the Tibetan medical viewpoint"

"When you talk of the first gene, how it happened in the past, we also need to talk about how the universe formed, and than how genes and DNA formed"

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

Discussing Science with Younger Monks - 2009

Lodeo Sangpo was honored to meet the requested by his monastery to teach 4th grade Tibetan language and history. He teaches six days a week, and on the last day of the week, he talks with them about science and introduces the young monks to scientific ideas and activities. He intermixes the science discussions, with stories of his experiences learning science from the western teachers. The launch of K-12 secular schools is a major change that has occurred within the monastic community in exile. Young monks now join the secular school and upon completing the local equivalent of high school, join the Buddhist science program of study at the monastery.

"It seems they're very interested when I talk about science, they ask many questions"
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