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In February 2007, Emory University was honored to make the historic announcement
that His Holiness the Dalai Lama would be joining Emory as a Presidential Distinguished
Professor. Now that this partnership has been strengthened with His Holiness playing
an active role on campus and in the community through visits and lectures,
this bridge between the two traditions offers an even more exciting range of
conversations, discoveries and knowledge that may benefit individuals and society.
Located at the crossroads of India, China and the Middle East, Tibet was the
repository for important traditions of learning—in the science of mind,
in the nature of the person and the cosmos, and in medicine—and kept
these traditions alive. Advances in the Western world in the natural and health
sciences are now probing many of the same questions the Tibetan tradition has
spent millennia investigating.
Both sides recognize the tremendous potential of a genuine two-way
exchange of people and ideas that encompasses the areas of culture, philosophy,
religion, science and health. With its exemplary faculty members—drawn
from across the university's departments—and its unique ties to Tibetan
institutions of higher learning, including the Office of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, the Emory-Tibet Partnership provides a solid basis for this joint quest
to explore the frontiers of knowledge.
"I believe that this is a very historic moment,
to see the forging of a relationship between two eminent institutions
which represent the best of both the Tibetan tradition and the Western
academic tradition." -H.H. the Dalai Lama
History of the Emory-Tibet Partnership
The Emory-Tibet Partnership is the result of two visionary individuals: His
Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Robert Paul, former Dean of Emory
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has long recognized the importance of a close
dialogue between modern western thought, including science, and the Tibetan
contemplative and philosophical traditions.
Dean Robert Paul, himself a scholar of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, while
engaging in fieldwork in the Himalayan region early in his career, also recognized
the tremendous potential of bringing together modern scientific knowledge of
the outer world and the contemplative knowledge of the inner world.
In 1991 Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi came to Atlanta with the blessings of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama to oversee the development of Drepung Loseling
Monasteries, Inc. in Atlanta and pursue his graduate studies at Emory University’s Institute
of Liberal Arts. With Geshe Lobsang as a liaison between Emory and the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dean Robert Paul, as his advisor, took the opportunity
to lay the foundations for a partnership between Emory and Drepung Loseling
Monastery that would realize this vision of bridging two worlds for the benefit
During His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s second visit to Emory in 1995,
a delegation led by Dean Paul and Dr. Gary Hauk, Vice President of Emory, proposed
the idea of this affiliation to His Holiness, who responded favorably. This
led to the inauguration of the affiliation and the establishment of the Emory-Tibet
Partnership upon His Holiness’s third visit to Emory in 1998 as Emory’s