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September 2021 - ETSI Sustainability Program to be Launched in Winter

In December, the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI) will offer both an intensive training in research methodology and a science translation workshop as part of its three-year Sustainability Phase Program (2021-2024). A select group of sixty monks and nuns from nine monastic institutions will participate in this hybrid training at Drepung Loseling Meditation and Science Center. Some sessions will be taught remotely, and some by on-site...

July 2021- ETSI Science Essay Competition Results Declared

ETSI announced the winners of its science essay competition on July 6 to coincide with the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The competition, which was held to honor and celebrate His Holiness’ immense contributions to the monastic science education, was hoped to inspire monastic students to think, reflect and write on scientific topics of their choice.    ETSI applauds all the participants for their...

July-2021 6th Cohort TGSS Completed Prep Training

 The 6th cohort Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars (TGSS) recently completed four months of intensive preparatory training in English, science, math, and basic computer skills at the Drepung Loseling Meditation and Science Center (DLMSC). ETSI deeply appreciates DLMSC for offering this training, onsite and in-person, when the monasteries were locked down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 6th cohort consists of four monks...

June 2021 - ETSI is hosting a 6-week summer webinar series for its Sustainability Phase

ETSI is hosting a 6-week summer webinar series for its Sustainability Phase students from June 1 to July 9. Taught by faculty from nine academic institutions, the series engages over 60 highly motivated and promising students from 13 Tibetan monasteries and nunneries in physics, biology, neuroscience, and philosophy of science to deepen their understanding of content knowledge cultivated during the implementation phase. The students were...

May 2021 - 5th cohort of six monastic scholars completed their two-year non-degree program at Emory University

The 5th cohort of six monastic scholars completed their two-year non-degree program at Emory University and participated in Emory University’s 176th Commencement along with one thousand other graduates. The touchless ceremony was more than just a symbolic gesture for the scholars. It represented an important step toward them taking a more active role in the science education programs at their monasteries even as they prepare to...

March 2021 - The 6th cohort Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars

The newly selected 6th cohort Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars (TGSS) began their intensive training in math, science, English, and computer skills at Drepung Losel Ling Meditation and Science Center, South India on March 16. This course is aimed at cultivating foundational knowledge of the selected scholars in preparation for their two-year residency program at Emory University. The 6th cohort, consisting of 4 monks and 3 nuns, will join the...

February -2021 Sustainability Phase Students Selected

The qualifying exam to select students for the ETSI’s Sustainability Phase was conducted successfully at three sites—Drepung, Sera, and Gaden on February 5, and 60 plus monastics are being selected. The selected monastics, including former Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars, will receive intensive training in science pedagogy in the summer and research methodology and design in winter. They will be mentored by the Graduate...

January 2021 - Special Speaker Series for TGSS Initiated

Usually, our cohorts of monastics use the academic breaks to relax and travel around the country.  Unfortunately, Cohort 5 has been unable to take advantage of this during the continued pandemic. In order to keep the scholars engaged during the winter break, Dr. Jane O’Connor, ETSI English Faculty Leader, from the English Language Learning Program (ELLP), organized a series of speakers to talk to the monastics about a wide...

December 2020 - ETSI Hosted 12th ICSSTT

From December 7th to 11th, ETSI (Emory-Tibet Science Initiative) hosted the 12th International Conference on Standardizing Scientific Terms in Tibetan (ICSSTT). Held over five days, scholars, science teachers, and science translators of Tibetan origin from India and the US participated in the 2-hour virtual forum. The ICSSTT was established in 2009 at Emory University to standardize the Tibetan scientific lexicons developed by the ETSI...

November 2020 - Building Foundation for the Sustainability Phase: An ETSI Webinar for Monastic Science Instructors Nov 4-20

ETSI offered a five-session webinar to about 50 science educators from monastic institutions that are core participants of its science programs. This series of orientation sessions aimed to provide an overview of the new sustainability phase programs and allow the science teachers to engage and interact with the ETSI faculty leaders. The sustainability phase is a critical component of ETSI's mission to bring contemporary science into the core...

September 2020 - Peer Mentoring Group for Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars

When the first cohort of Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars who came to Emory struggled to keep pace with their classmates ten years ago, some Emory students volunteered to help them. After completing their residency program, the first cohort returned to India carrying newly gained knowledge and experiences. But a wonderful legacy has been created. Since then, this student initiative has evolved and grown into a well-organized body. Michael...

September 2020 - Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars Complete their First Academic Year at Emory

The Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars, known better as “the Emory monks,” completed their first year of study at Emory University. Although their opportunity to attend in-person class and interact directly with their professors and classmates was curtailed by the pandemic, they all had “a meaningful and productive year” of intellectual growth and remarkable opportunities. Lobsang Dhondup, a scholar from...

September 2019 - ETSI Cancels Winter Program Amidst Rising COVID-19 Cases

In addition to the cancellation of the ETSI summer intensive programs, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the suspension of the ETSI Winter Research Training and the Translation Workshop planned for December. The decision was made for the safety of all the stakeholders, including ETSI faculty members and staff whose participation would require international travel. The winter research workshop, an essential component of the Sustainability Phase,...

August 2020 - ETSI’s Onsite Sustainability Work Initiated with the Hiring of Qualified Science Teachers

Despite the postponement of ETSI’s summer pedagogy training due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the onsite work of the sustainability phase began with the hiring of well-qualified science instructors at the participating institutions. These highly dedicated young Tibetans with graduate degrees in different areas of science will anchor the monasteries’ science education program and mentor indigenous science teachers. With these...

August 2020 - ETSI Science Writing Competition: Celebrating His Holiness the Dalai Lama's immense contributions to the monastic science education

ETSI is organizing a science writing competition for its monastic students to celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama's immense contributions to the monastic science education and to encourage the monastic students to think more deeply about science and write about it in their own language. Please see the Tibetan and English flyers for details. (Links in full article).    

July 2020 - Former Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars Contributing to the Community During the Covid-19 Pandemic

   Gelek Gyatso, Geshe Tsering Phuntsok, Lekpa Gyatso and other former scholars have been offering online science classes to the monastic students. They are creatively using social media platforms to reach a wider audience.

July 2020 - Monasteries Initiate Remote Science Classes

Monasteries participating in the ETSI science programs have initiated remote learning to continue their science classes. Science teachers, including former Tenzin Gyatso Scholars, at different monastic institutions are experimenting with remote science classes. This has led to creation of much needed educational resources in Tibetan language.

July 2020 - Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars Completed First Year at Emory

The 5th cohort of Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars, popularly known as the Emory monks, completed their first year of study at Emory University amidst the pandemic. Emory’s shift to distanced learning in March was a new experience for the scholars. Though challenging at the beginning, this gave them an opportunity to explore virtual classrooms and they had a productive first year at Emory. In the first six weeks of their summer break,...

July 2020 - Summer Intensive Programs Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI) had to cancel its summer intensive programs at the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in south India. The 4th year implementation phase program for the nuns and the 1st year sustainability phase program for the monastics—usually organized in the months of May and June—couldn’t take place as usual. ETSI hopes to resume the programs when the travel...

December 2019 - ETSI Graduation Event Video

A wonderful short video about the ETSI Graduation event with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Drepung Monastery:

December 2019 - ETSI 2019 Graduation

See the Live Event here:  https://www.dalailama.com/live or https://www.facebook.com/Tibet.Emory/ Read brochure and program events here : English   Tibetan Dalai Lama invited Emory University to col-laborate with the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) on a comprehensive and sustainable science curriculum—an op-portunity supported by the university. ETSI was founded with the...

December 2012 - Mindfulness Training and the Compassionate Brain

Meditation cultivates concentration, empathy, and insight at a neural level.  There is a gamut of recent neuroscientific studies that support the transformative power of mindfulness and compassion meditation. Different types of meditation are being shown to create different changes in the brain. In this entry I will compare different types of meditation and look at the science behind how they...

October 2012 - CBCT in the New York Daily News

According to a study announced Thursday, a meditation program that focuses on compassion was found to boost a person's ability to read the facial expressions of others as well as activate regions in the brain that help us be more empathic. "It's an intriguing result, suggesting that a behavioral intervention could enhance a key aspect of empathy," says lead author Jennifer Mascaro of Emory University in the US state of Georgia. "Previous...