Buddhist Monks Are Learning Science At A ‘Mini Cosmos’ Near Mysore
by Priyadarshini Sen
September 11, 2018
Even though intellectual advancement is key for the students from Sera Jey School, many want to use their science education to serve humanity.
What the West Can Learn from the East
by Vishnya Maudlin
October 30, 2017
Dr. Vishnya Maudlin of New York University reflects on teaching nuns about the philosophy of science.
The Times of India
Picking the brain of a monk: Where Buddhism claps its hands for science
by Seetha Lakshmi
August 14, 2017
US and European researchers working with a core team of monks from Sera Jey Monastery to investigate what happens in the brain during traditional Buddhist debate.
Buddhism Is Not Just Compatible with Modern Cosmology, It Welcomes It
by Chris Impey
Chris Impey, distinguished astronomer and Science for Monks veteran teacher, discusses some of the big ideas in cosmology and how they resonate with Tibetan buddhist philosophy.
Two Weeks in Tibet, sort of: The Value of a Cultural Exchange between Science and Spirituality
by Scott Stambach
Scott Stambach, high-school science teacher and senior fellow with the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) authors a wonderful article about his experiences in India working with Tibetan monks and nuns spearheading science education initiatives.
Humble Before the Void
“This book will provide readers with a greater awareness of the spirit of curiosity and inquiry that lies at the heart of the Buddhist tradition, as well as the fruitfulness of maintaining active communication between the Buddhist and scientific communities.” —from the Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
In a vivid and compelling narrative, Impey introduces us to a group of exiled Tibetan monks whose charm, tenacity and unbridled enthusiasm for learning is infectious. Impey marvels not only at their enthusiasm, but at their tireless diligence that allows the monks to painstakingly build intricate sand mandalas—that can be swept away in an instant. He observes them as they meticulously count galaxies and notes how their enthusiasm and diligence stands in contrast to many American students who are frequently turned off by science’s inability to deliver easy, immediate payoffs. Because the Buddhist monks have had a limited science education, Impey must devise creative pedagogy. His new students immediately take to his inspired teaching methods, whether it’s the use of balloons to demonstrate the Hubble expansion or donning an Einstein mask to explain the theory of relativity.
Beyond the Robe
by Bobby Sager
Beyond the Robe tells the story of the Science for Monks program and what it reveals about the larger role Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns can play in their monasteries, in their communities, and in the world at large.
San Francisco Chronicle
Delving into 6 senses through visual art
by Meredith May
After a decade of study under top scientists from the Smithsonian and the Exploratorium museums, a group of Tibetan Buddhists are displaying their painting, which depict the five senses, at the Exploratorium.
The Washington Post
His Holiness the Dalai Lama wins Templeton Prize
by Chris Herlinger
New York, March 29, 2012
The Dalai Lama has been awarded the Templeton Prize, a 1.7 million dollar award for his work with science and religion. His Holiness will accept the award on May 14th in London, England.
Smithsonian has hand in Indian science exhibit planned by Tibetan monks
by Amy Yee
New Dehli, May 13, 2010
NEW DELHI – The northern Indian town of Bir was greeted with an unusual sight when Scott Schmidt carried six-foot-long plywood sheets on his head through the streets. Schmidt, who develops exhibits for the Smithsonian, had retrieved the wood from the village carpenter and toted it on his head to the Buddhist institute he was visiting. “I got impatient,” said Schmidt. “I probably broke every rule of how a Westerner is supposed to act in a village in India.”
Schmidt was helping a group of 30 Tibetan monks plan “The World of Your Senses,” a bilingual science exhibition displayed last month in New Delhi at the India Habitat Center, an arts and culture venue in India’s capital.
by Amy Yee
June 29, 2009
DHARAMSALA, India — Tibetan monks and nuns spend their lives studying the inner world of the mind rather than the physical world of matter. Yet for one month this spring a group of 91 monastics devoted themselves to the corporeal realm of science.
Instead of delving into Buddhist texts on karma and emptiness, they learned about Galileo’s law of accelerated motion, chromosomes, neurons and the Big Bang, among other far-ranging topics.