Sager Science Leadership Institute

Leadership institutes have been organized around batches of cohorts that attend several institutes and take on projects such as making exhibitions, publishing a journal, (more..)

Science Centers

Community spaces dedicated for exploring scientific knowledge, and engaging in inquiry and discourse with scientists. (more..)

Science Leadership for Nuns

Enough nuns in India have now been involved with science to establish an all-nuns leadership program. (more..)

Latest Activities



Teacher Fellowship Goes Online

Our nine teacher fellows transitioned to online training in July, starting with four days of two-hourly meetings. Scott Stambach and Jim Lane, experts in teacher training, mentor the teachers. The fellows meet every other week for 70-minute sessions.

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Enjoying an Eclipse in Lockdown

On June 21, 2020, nuns of the Jangchup Choeling, Dolmaling, Geden Choeling, Jamyang Choeling, and Jangsemling nunneries gathered on their terraces and gardens to view the solar eclipse. Amongst them were nuns who had decided to tap into the excitement of the eclipse, and made the safe viewing equipment being used.

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Nun’s Leadership Journey Continues Online

When COVID-19 made gathering physically impossible, we switched to meeting online. Our first ever all-nun Leadership Cohort, which began in September 2019, was soon doing many other firsts: first Zoom calls, first Google classroom lessons, first time making slides and interacting online.

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Nun Science Leadership – Spring Meeting

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.

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FEB 10-18


Maker Week with Loseling School

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.

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JAN 11-13


Teacher Fellows – 3-Day Winter Meeting at Pondicherry

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.

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DEC 26


Gomang Exhibition and Dialogue on Environment, Science and Buddhism

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.

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DEC 26


Solar Eclipse Festivals

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.

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The Conversation

What Buddhism and science can teach each other – and us – about the universe

These are trying times. A global recession sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, and widespread civil unrest, have created a combustible mix of angst – stressors that heighten the risk for long-term health woes.

Read the full article on The Conversation



The Neuroethics Blog

Neuroethics with Tibetan Buddhist Monastics

As I write this, I am sitting in my room at Jangchub Choeling, a Tibetan Buddhist nunnery in Mundgod, India.

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FEB 21



Inter-brain Synchronization in the Practice of Tibetan Monastic Debate

Although mindfulness meditation is the familiar and researched form of mental training derived from Buddhism, it represents but one form of practice.

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JAN 10


Outlook Magazine (online)

‘Interplay Between Science And Dharma': Buddhist Nuns Encounter Solar Eclipse In New Way

Remembering the solar eclipse as its lunar twin sweeps over India, a Buddhist nunnery is teaching itself to think of science while looking at a cosmic event.

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MAY 28


Scientific American

Tibetan Monks Meet Science near the Roof of the World Astronomical and cosmological questions get an airing.

Astronomical and cosmological questions get an airing in India’s Sikkim province in a program started 20 years ago by the Dalai Lama.

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OCT 10


The Wire

Scientists and Buddhists Discuss Physics, Reality at Three-Day Conference

It was on the back of this aspect of Buddhism, at least Tibetan Buddhism, that the ‘Science for Monks’ workshops and conferences have been organized, according to Bryce Johnson

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