Tibetan monks: Seeing science through spiritual lens
Dec. 18 (Washington Post): “The World of Your Senses,” a bilingual science exhibition was the latest effort in a 10-year-old initiative to teach science to Tibetan monastics, started at the behest of the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama considers science and Buddhism as complementary “investigative approaches with the same greater goal, of seeking the truth.”
As part of the Science for Monks program, a select group of geshes (monks who are the equivalent of PhDs) from monasteries across India attend biannual workshops taught by scientists and educators from the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Arizona, the Exploratorium in San Francisco and, most recently, the Smithsonian.
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