Welcome to the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative

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In February 2006, Emory University launched the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative, an historic initiative to develop and implement a comprehensive science education curriculum for Tibetan monastics.  Under the leadership of  Geshe Lhakdor, the Director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, the initiative originates from the longstanding vision of the Dalai Lama. As the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people, the Dalai Lama believes that science education within Buddhist monasteries and nunneries will not only give Tibetan monastics new tools for understanding the world, but will also contribute to the effort of conveying time-tested Buddhist contemplative wisdom in a practical way that can help relieve suffering around the world.  In the words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama,

“I deeply appreciate that Emory University has made a commitment to collaborate with the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives to develop and implement a comprehensive and sustainable science education program. 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.”

Group photo
July 2006: His Holiness Dalai Lama meets with Emory University to discuss the Emory Tibet Science Initiative.

From left: Geshe Lhakdor, Library of Tibetan Archives, Dr. Preetha Ram, Assistant Dean for Science, Professor Charles Raison, Emory School of Medicine and Geshe Lobsang Negi, Director, Emory Tibet Partnership

ETSI will oversee the development of the curriculum, the materials, and design a sustainable instructional model. ETSI is comprised of faculty within both the sciences and humanities from Emory and other universities and institutions. We welcome collaborations with individuals and organizations who are active in this area.

ETSI is a landmark undertaking of Emory College and is organized through Emory Tibet Partnership and Science Initiatives in the Office for Undergraduate Education. It is directed by Preetha Ram, Assistant Dean for Science at Emory College and Geshe Lobsang Negi, Director of the Emory Tibet Partnership.

ETSI’s on-campus academic programs are administered through Emory College’s Program in Science and Society and by the Emory Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Program.

Critical to the success of ETSI is our valued partner, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.  For more information about the Library, the Emory Tibet Partnership, or the Program for Science and Society please visit our ‘Links’ page.


ETSI partners
Science and Society Program at Emory College, Emory Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Program, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Science for Monks