March 29, 2010


Science meets Dharma

Word is spreading about the success of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI), said Geshe Lhakdor, director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, who was on campus for Tibet Week. “Now, when I travel around the world, people ask me about this initiative at Emory, and whether they can start something similar at their universities,” he said.

The program to bring the knowledge of Buddhist meditative practices to Westerners, and the knowledge of modern science to Tibetan monastics, is now in its third year. Lhakdor gathered with Emory faculty and students to discuss the status of ETSI and the study abroad program in Dharamsala, India, which immerses Emory students in Tibetan mind-body sciences. 

“They gain a holistic view,” Lhakdor said of the students who participate. “This program equips them to better face problems in their own lives and to help others. It is basically creating leaders.”

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