Science Workshop for Monastic Graduates

The monastic graduates project is the result of a partnership with the Exploratorium (a hands-on science museum in San Francisco, USA), and has been made possible through the financial support of the Templeton Foundation.

This year from Nov. 20 to Dec 14 we launched a new 1-month pilot project to provide science training and engage in dialogue monks and nuns that have finished their formal monastic training. Participants in the program include Geshes, Khenpos, and Lopons.

During a science workshop (November 20 to December 14, 2011) pedagogical methods like hands-on activities, reflective writing, and daily discussions will be employed to impart scientific information to the monastics and explore the connections between scientific and Buddhist traditions. Teaching the monastic graduates science empowers them to better articulate points of relevance between and across traditions. Further, we have found that experiences rich in inquiry efficiently break down misconceptions, best represent the spirit of the scientific process, and provide a rich context for dialogue.