Sager Science Leadership Institute

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Since 2008, the Sager Science Leadership Institute has trained monks and nuns to be leaders of science education, to drive the monastic science centers, and be active participants in the monastics communities rapidly expanding dialogue with science. Annual, and sometimes bi-annual 2 to 3-week institutes provide a forum for center leaders to share previous work, identify best practices, and generate vision for future work. Western faculty work closely with the monastic leaders to nurture monastic-deriven project work, emphasizing pedagogy, and hands-on interactive learning.

“A monk who understands ALL the perspectives, both science and Buddhist, and then come into society and use it in service, that is a 21st Century Monk.”

Science Leader (3rd Cohort)


Leadership Cohorts

Leadership institutes have been organized around batches of cohorts that attend several institutes and take on projects such as making exhibitions, publishing a journal, and developing new programs at their science centers. Cohorts of approximately 30 to 40 monastics consecutively attend 4 or more leadership institutes (10 weeks or 400 hours of training) over 3 to 4 years.


Previous Leadership Institutes

3rd Cohort

“One of the important purposes of being a monk is sharing knowledge about the world with others. The Leadership Institute teaches us the skills to be able to do that.”

Science Leader (3rd Cohort)

Institute XIV

December 3rd to 20th, 2018
Hosted by the Dzongkar Choede Science Center

Western Faculty

Tom Meyer, National Writing Project
Jessica Early, National Writing Project
Tim Maudlin, New York University
Vishnya Maudlin, New York University
Tim Rockwell, Exploratorium
Lara McCormick, Exploratorium
Modesto Tamez, Exploratorium
Eric Muller, Exploratorium

Institute XIII

November 6th to 24th, 2017
Hosted by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

Western Faculty

Scott Schmidt, Smithsonian
Tom Meyer, National Writing Project
Tanya Baker, National Writing Project
Tom Rockwell, Exploratorium
George Musser, Author
Manish Jain, IIT-Gandhinagar

“One of the most important experiences of the Leadership Institute is the opportunity to practice teaching hands-on activities to the other monks.”

Science Leader (3rd Cohort)

Institute XII

November 28th to December 13th, 2016
Hosted by Gaden Jangtse Science Center

Western Faculty

Richard Sterling, National Writing Project
Christine Cziko, UC Berkeley
Stephen Traphagen, Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

“There are three parts of the learning experience: The teacher, the student, and the concept being taught. I learned that the student needs to come first.”

Science Leader (3rd Cohort)


Institute XI

November 24th to December 5th, 2015
Hosted by Sera Jey Science Center

Western Faculty

Zeke Kosover, Exploratorium
Tammy Cook-Endres, Exploratorium
Scott Stambach, Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

Institute X

October 20th to November 5th, 2014
Hosted by Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Sarah

Western Faculty

Curt Gabrielson, UNESCO Timor Leste
Tory Brady, Exploratorium
Eric Muller, Exploratorium
Paul Doherty, Exploratorium
Lori Lamberston, Exploratorium
Tenzin Pryiadarshi, MIT


2nd Cohort

Institute IX

September 28th, 2013, to September 30th, 2013
Hosted by Songsten Library, Dehradun

Western Faculty

Linda Shore, Exploratorium
Chris Impey, UA Tucson
Dave Barker, Exploratorium
Modesto Tamez, Exploratorium
Julie Yu, Exploratorium
Tory Brady, Exploratorium
Eric Chudler, Exploratorium
Tracie Spinale, Smithsonian Institution
Scott Schmidt, Smithsonian Institution

Institute VIII

December 24th, 2012, to January 11th, 2013
Hosted by Drepung Loseling, Mundgod

Western Faculty

Chris Impey, UA Tucson
Tory Brady, Exploratorium
Julie Yu, Exploratorium
Jess Parker, Smithsonian Institution
Tracie Spinale, Smithsonian Institution
Stephanie Norby, Smithsonian Institution


Institute VII

January 16th to Feb 3rd, 2012
Hosted by the Dalai Lama College for Higher Education, Bangalore

Western Faculty

Eric Chudler, UW Seattle
Tory Brady, Exploratorium
Lori Lamberston, Exploratorium
Tracie Spinale, Smithsonian Institution

Institute VI

May 2nd to May 13th, 2011
Hosted by the Deer Park Institute in Bir

Western Faculty

Richard Sterling, UC Berkeley, NWP
Eric Chudler, UW Seattle
Modesto Tamez, Exploratorium
Paul Doherty, Exploratorium


1st Cohort

Institute V

May 3rd to May 14th, 2010
Hosted by Deer Park Institute at Bir

Western Faculty

Chris Impey, UA Tucson
Lori Lambertson, Exploratorium
Donald Gallehr, George Mason University
Scott Schmidt, Smithsonian Institution

Institute IV

December 1st to December 12th, 2009
Hosted by Drepung Monastery at Mundgod

Western Faculty

Richard Sterling, UC Berkeley, NWP
Stephanie Norby, Smithsonian Institution
David Barker, Exploratorium
David Presti, UC Berkeley
Linda Shore, Exploratorium

Institute III

May 3rd to May 15th, 2009
Hosted by the Menri Monastery, Solan

Western Faculty

Cris Impey, UA Tucson
Richard Sterling, UC Berkeley, NWP
Stephanie Norby, Smithsonian Institution


Institute II

January 20th to January 30th, 2009
Hosted by the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath

Western Faculty

Mike Petrich, Exploratorium
Karen Wilkinson, Exploratorium
Luigi Anzivino, Exploratorium
Mark St. John, Inverness Research


Institute I

June 16th to July 4th, 2008
Hosted by the Institute for Buddhist Dialectics at Sarah

Western Faculty

Gail Burd, UA Tucson
Chris Impey, UA Tucson
Richard Sterling, UC Berkeley, NWP
Mark St. John, Inverness Research
Karen Falkenberg, Emory University