Bridging two worlds for one common humanity

About the Emory-Tibet Partnership

"As modern scientific research demonstrates the wide-ranging benefits attributable to qualities such as mindfulness, love, forgiveness and compassion, the Tibetan science of mind offers time-tested techniques for effectively developing and strengthening these attributes. By creating bridges between these two bodies of knowledge, the Emory-Tibet Partnership facilitates an education of both heart and mind. "
- Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Director
Emory President James Wagner greeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama upon arrival in Atlanta

The Convergence of Science and Inner Values

The Emory-Tibet Partnership (ETP) is a unique educational endeavor, bringing together the best of the Western and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions for their mutual enrichment and for the discovery of new knowledge. Our programs explore the convergence of science and inner values in an effort to address humanity’s greatest problems on more than a material level. By advancing an understanding of reality that incorporates both heart and mind, we believe we can find better ways to relieve human suffering.

This work takes many forms, beginning with a facilitation of Emory College’s academic and cultural exchange programs. Emory offers two unique study abroad programs: the Tibetan Studies Semester Abroad program, and the Tibetan Mind-Body Sciences Summer Abroad program, both offered via a partnership with the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD) in Dharamsala, India.

President Wagner, Dr. Negi, and Dr. Doyle with students

Our Programs

Additionally, ETP assists with academic courses related to topics in Tibetan Buddhism, meditation, the psychology of human flourishing, and Tibetan language and culture in the Department of Religion and in Middle-Eastern and South Asian Studies, as well as drawing on its many distinctive relationships to bring visiting scholars, artists, and public figures to Emory’s campus for presentations, workshops, and residencies, including an annual Tibet Week.

TP has two, signature programs: Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) and the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI), both featured on this site. Additionally, ETP houses the Emory-Tibet Medical Science Initiative (ETMSI), a pioneering program creating a dialogue between allopathic and traditional Tibetan medicine through educational programs and research into traditional Tibetan medicines.

Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD serves as the director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership.