September 2020 - Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars Complete their First Academic Year at Emory

The Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars, known better as “the Emory monks,” completed their first year of study at Emory University. Although their opportunity to attend in-person class and interact directly with their professors and classmates was curtailed by the pandemic, they all had “a meaningful and productive year” of intellectual growth and remarkable opportunities. Lobsang Dhondup, a scholar from Gaden Shartse Monastery, writes, “The first year at Emory flew by in a blink of an eye. However, we got to study under wonderful professors and had numerous occasions to meet and interact with students from diverse cultural backgrounds and learn from them. I am deeply appreciative of this incredible opportunity.” The stressful situation created by the pandemic has allowed the scholars to connect with their peers at a deeper level. Kalden Gyatso, a scholar from Sera Jey writes, “I got to share my understanding of Buddhist psychology and resiliency skills with several students who are passing through a difficult time because of COVID-19. I am hopeful that the students have benefited from our conversations.” As they begin their second year at Emory, they remain hopeful of getting opportunity to see the beautiful Emory campus fill with the youthful energy of the students.