Compassion, Virtue & Character (2017)

Cosmology & Consciousness VI

September 28th to 30th, 2017
Norbulingka Institute
Dharamsala, India
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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This conference, a 3-day cross-cultural exchange, brings together Indian and US based scientists in dialogue with 26 senior Tibetan Buddhist nuns. “Compassion, Virtue and Character” are central to Buddhist mind training. Within this theme, are presentations and discussion around questions that engage the science of compassion, happiness, gratitude, awe, purpose, non-attachment, and spiritual practices broadly.

The conference is connected to a 4-week workshop that will be training the 26 nuns who have, or nearly completed their PhD in divinity, in a first time introductory science course. The course took place before the conference, from August 28th to September 23rd (2017). The nuns from this course will be leading the panel discussions during the conference. The nuns have a deep interest in psychology and come from a strong philosophical tradition that encourages debate and the open exchange of ideas.