Science Workshops (2000 to 2007)

Introductory Science Workshops for Monastic Scholars

The Science Workshops (2000-2007) were an historic program and represent the first formal teachings of science within the history of Tibetan Buddhism. In 2000, a group of 50 monk scholars with a deep understanding of Buddhist philosophy, representing dozens of monasteries and all of Tibet’s Buddhist traditions, were selected to participate in the first 4-week science workshop held at Sera Monastery. Intensive annual workshops were identified as a way to introduce monks to science without disrupting their regular philosophical studies. Nine 4-week intensive science workshops were successfully implemented between 2000 and 2007. A major outcome of these workshops was an overwhelming demand for science education within the monastic institutions.

Sera Monastery

Bylakuppe, India
February 15 to March 3, 2000

Western Faculty

Earl Carlyon
David Crismond, Ph.D.

Gaden Monastery

Mundgod, India
March 7 to March 30, 2001

Western Faculty

David Crismond, Ph.D.
Avery Solomon, Ph.D.
Bryce Johnson

Library Staff

Achok Rinpoche, Director
Sangey Tendar, Translator
Dechen Dorjee, Translator
Tenzin Yangchen, Translator

Tibetan Children's Village

Palmo, Teacher/Translator
Tenzin Gyalpo, Teacher/Translator
Tsewang Gyurmey, Teacher/Translator
Jampa Ngodup, Teacher/Translator


Drepung Monastery

Mundgod, India
February 19 to March 12, 2002

Western Faculty

Avery Solomon, Ph.D.
Stamatis Vokos, Ph.D.
Mel Sabela, Ph.D.
Torgny Greveby, M.S.
Rachel von Roeschlaub, M.S.

Library Staff

Achok Rinpoche, Director
Bryce Johnson, Coordinator
Sangey Tendar, Translator

Tibetan Children's Village

Nyima Tsering, Teacher/Translator
Jampa, Teacher/Translator

TCV-Upper

Dharamshala, India
December 17, 2002, to January 10, 2003

Western Faculty

Stamatis Vokos, Ph.D.
Avery Solomon, Ph.D.
Hunter Close, Ph.D.
Rachel von Roeschlaub, M.S.

Library Staff

Achok Rinpoche, Director
Bryce Johnson, Coordinator

Tibetan Children's Village

Nyima Tsering, Teacher/Translator
Duke Tsering, Teacher/Translator
Pema Wangyal, Teacher/Translator
Pema’s Brother, Teacher/Translator
Palmo


Gopalpur-TCV

Gopalpur, India
December 15, 2003, to January 10, 2004

Western Faculty

Ursula Goodenough
David Finkelstein
David Susuki
Avery Solomon

Library Staff

Achok Rinpoche
Bryce Johnson

Tibetan Children's Village

Nyima Tsering
Duke Tsering
Pema Wangyal
Pelmo

Selakui-TCV

Uttarakhand, India
December 21, 2004 to January 14, 2005

Western Faculty

Dewey Dykstra
Andy Johnson
Avery Solomon
David Finkelstein
Shlomit Finkelstein
David Presti
Alan Wallace
Vesna Wallace

Library Staff

Achok Rinpoche
Bryce Johnson
Tenzin Sonam

Tibetan Children's Village

Nyima Tsering
Duke Tsering
Pema Wangyal
Pelmo
Tsering Rabgyal


Selakui-TCV

Uttarakhand, India
December 19, 2005 to January 6, 2006

Western Faculty

Dewey Dykstra
Andy Johnson
Hunter Close
Avery Solomon
David Finkelstein
David Presti

Library Staff

Geshe Lhakdor
Bryce Johnson
Tenzin Sonam

Tibetan Children's Village

Nyima Tsering
Duke Tsering
Pema Wangyal
Pelmo
Tsering Rabgyal

Sera Monastery

Karnataka, India
January 14 to February 3, 2007

Western Faculty

David Finkelstein
Andy Johnson
Mel Sabella
Avery Solomon
William Bates

Library Staff

Geshe Lhakdor
Bryce Johnson,
Tenzin Sonam
Karma Thupten

Tibetan Children's Village

Nyima Tsering
Pema Wangyal
Pelmo
Tsering Rabgyal


Deer Park Institute (Bir)

Bir, India
June 14 to July 5, 2007

Western Faculty

David Finkelstein
Hunter Close
Eleanor Close
Ed Prather
David Presti
P.V. Rao
Paul Lennard
William Bates

Library Staff

Geshe Lhakdor
Bryce Johnson
Tenzin Sonam
Karma Thupten
Tenzin Palden

Tibetan Children's Village

Nyima Tsering
Pema Wangyal
Pelmo
Tsering Rabgyal