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Tibetan Monks Make Foray into Emory to Learn Science

The Science of Meditation. Photo: Outlook Tibet

Dharamshala: Emory University in Atlanta - which has been traditionally a home to a Methodist seminary and school of theology - has the newest group of students but from a different background & a new mission! They are wearing the traditional crimson robes and closely shorn heads.

They are the six monks from Tibetan monasteries in India-- most in their 30s - taking physics, biology, and chemistry classes with hopes of returning to their monasteries in India to teach science to other monks and nuns.

Like any other college kids, they like munching on pizzas, posting on Facebook and hanging out with friends on weekends! But they have come to Atlanta on a mission to learn science so that they could go back to India and fulfill the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

"I have long believed in and advocated a dialogue and cross-fertilization between science and spirituality, as both are essential for enriching human life and alleviating suffering on both individual and global levels. The Emory-Tibet Science Initiative has a unique opportunity to fulfill this need, and thus make a contribution not only to the Emory and Tibetan communities, but to the world at large, by expanding the horizons of human knowledge and wisdom" , said His Holiness during his first visit to Emory.

According to Geshe Lhakdor, director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala in India, "It's the first established program for Tibetan monks from India to train at a Western university".

Dozens of Emory students also go to India each year to study at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, where His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founder and a top teacher.


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