Tanya Baker from the National Writing Project led the one week meeting with 31 nuns representing 5 different nunneries. The nuns participated in activities that furthered their nascent leadership projects.
The Loseling Science and Meditation Center organized a one-week maker workshop open house that saw participation from 70 monk school students from the Loseling School and 20 nuns from Jangchup Choeling Nunnery.
Our winter meeting with our eight teacher fellows provided a rich opportunity for the fellows to share videos from their classroom, discuss common dilemmas, and review new and effective teaching practices they tried in the previous months. The fellows also mapped out priorities for the next six months.
A self-selected team of monks studying science through the Gomang science center put on a exhibition on the environment. The home-grown exhibits explored scales from particles to ecosystems, to earth systems, and climate change.
Five different teams, four monasteries and one nunnery and a total of 35 monastic science leaders and over 100 other monastics, led a solar eclipse festivals that reached over 3,000 monastics and about 500 laity.
Staff of the Drepung Gomang science center and 25 monk science students worked with two teacher trainers from Timor-Leste to prepare for an exhibition that will take place during the Dalai Lama’s visit the following month (December).
November saw our 3-week annual Sager Science Leadership Institute. Twenty five monks and nuns from 8 different monastic institutions met in Dharamsala and participated in their fourth and final 3-week training.
The two-day conference was the first large conference / dialogue organized by the monastery. All of the speakers were in-house, monks at the monastery. The twenty speakers were Buddhist philosophy students and scholars, 16 to 30 years old.