Working with active science teachers at the monasteries and nunneries, helping them reflect and advance their classroom practice.
Small teams of monastics undertake a scientific research investigation and work towards a peer reviewed publication.
Center Development Mentorship
Working with center directors to develop both the physical space and help establish new programs and outreach activities, including supporting the development of science center grants.
Investigation of Monastic Debate at the Sera Jey Science Center
Tibetan monasteries and nunneries have a rich tradition of debate and many monastics spend several hours each day in intensive debates that inquire into Buddhist philosophical positions. Monastic debate is recognized for educational effectiveness as well deeper qualities it fosters within individuals. A team of nine monastics at Sera Jey are collaborating with psychologists and neuroscientists to implement a study of the cognitive and clinical psychological qualities of monastic debate, including emotional regulation, logical reasoning, attention, and memory.
David Fresco, PhD,
Marieke Van Vugt, PhD,
Joshua Pollok, PhD,
Matthew Boden, PhD,
Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD