Emory University and Drepung Loseling Monastery Renew Partnership after 25 years of Fruitful Collaboration
For the past 25 years, the shared vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Emory University for an education of heart and mind has guided the work of Emory’s Compassion Center, resulting in the development of innovative educational programs that promote human flourishing. In recognition of the tremendous accomplishments that have been a result of the unique partnership, a renewed agreement was signed by the Abbot of Drepung Loseling Monastery, Geshe Lobsang Samten and the Dean of Emory College of Arts and Science, Barbara Krauthamer. This momentous occasion was witnessed by many including the President of Emory University, Gregory Fenves, the Provost of Emory University, Ravi Bellamkonda, Vice President Emeritus of Emory University and Emory’s first official historian, Gary Hauk, and Co-Founder of the Emory-Tibet Partnership and Dean Emeritus of Emory College, Robert Paul, among other distinguished guests.
This Silver Jubilee celebration was held in conjunction with our annual observance of Tibet Week, which included a variety of events including performances, art exhibitions, panels, and more. Some of the events of the Silver Jubilee and Tibet Week were recorded and you can watch them at the links below.
Partnership Renewal Ceremony
To commence this week-long celebration, we renewed the agreement between Emory University and Drepung Loseling Monastery described above.
Panel Discussion on “Bridging Two Worlds: Why the Emory Compassion Center Matters”
When the Emory-Tibet Partnership was founded twenty-five years ago, no one could predict that it would result in three ground-breaking programs positively impacting the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world. Why does the work of the Emory Compassion Center resonate with so many people? What is the vision that has guided that work and contributed to its success? And how can that work be sustained in an uncertain future? Join the co-founders of this remarkable organization along with two leaders from important Tibetan cultural institutions to explore why the Emory Compassion Center matters in a global society.
In 2021, the Carlos Museum commissioned two thangka paintings from the Norbulingka Institute in Dharamsala, India, one of the bhavacakra or “wheel of becoming,” and the other, the Samatha,or the “nine steps of the calming of the mind.” Unfortunately, the paintings were severely damaged in shipping from India to Atlanta. In this talk, Tibetan artist Buchung Nubgya and Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Conservation, Ella Andrews, discuss their collaborative efforts to repair the two paintings.
Panel Discussion on “Bridging Science and Spirituality: ETSI’S 18-Year Journey”
ETSI’s eighteen-year-long journey has been, in essence, one of bridging science and spirituality, whether to enhance human well-being or to forge a more integrated way of understanding the world around us. This panel explores these and other exciting issues through the eyes of monastics participating in the program and the scientists and educators deeply involved in supporting these programs
Webinar on “Compassion Revolution: Understanding and Responding to the Dalai Lama’s Vision for the Future”
Twenty-five years after the founding of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s entreaty for the world to focus on compassion has never been stronger. Recently, he called for a revolution that is neither political nor economic, but spiritual — a “compassion revolution” based on the basic human values shared by all.
What does the Dalai Lama mean by a “compassion revolution” and how might we help bring it about? To address these questions, and to highlight the work of Emory’s Compassion Center as it responds to the Dalai Lama’s challenge, a distinguished panel has been assembled—each a scholar, author and leader in the field of compassion and its cultivation: Dr. Susan Bauer Wu, President of the Mind and Life Institute and author of A Future We Can Love: How We Can Reverse the Climate Crisis with the Power of Our Hearts and Minds; Dr. Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and A Force For Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World among other works; and Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics and the developer of CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) at Emory University.
Panel Discussion on “Cultivating Compassion in Education Systems: SEE Learning implementation at the national, district, and school level”
SEE Learning is a global program aimed at cultivating students’ social, emotional, and ethical skills. Since its official launch in 2019, the program has grown to be implemented in more than 40 countries at differing scales. In this expert panel, affiliates from several different countries share their strategies adapting SEE Learning to their educational systems.
Panel Discussion on “Cross-Cultural Manifestations of Compassion Training”
This panel discussion featuring certified compassion trainers from Africa, Europe, and Asia, explores the opportunities and challenges for implementing compassion training in different contexts and responding to diverse cultures and backgrounds. As Emory embarks on an ambitious program – the Compassion Shift – to bring the promising benefits of compassion training across the world, there is much to learn about the interaction between the universal aspirations of the program and the local contexts where it is implemented.