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The ‘Sixth Modern Science Workshop’ for monks and nuns begins with a commitment to combine Modern Science and Buddhist Philosophy

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By  Shyamal Sinha

Sixth Modern Science Workshop for Monks and Nuns begins today in the presence of Choerig Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok of the Department of Culture and Religion. Photo/Kunsang Yelphel

 Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok, Department of Religion and Culture of CTA graced the opening ceremony of ‘Sixth Modern Science Workshop for Monks and Nuns’ today at Administrative Training and Welfare Society.

The workshop is being organized by the Department of Religion and Culture, CTA in accordance with the commitments made during Monastic Education Development Conference in May 2013, to fulfill the visions of the preeminent Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

20 monks and nuns from Palpung Sherabling Monastery, Menriling Monastery, Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Kriti Jeypa Monastery, Jonang Monastery, Dzongkar Monastery, Dhongyud Gatselling Nunnery, and Ratna Menling Nunnery are taking part in the workshop.

Choerig Kalon in his opening speech spoke on the ‘Importance of Modern Science and Neuroscience’.

Neuroscience is a recent area of science, emerging as an explicit discipline in the late 20th century (Shepherd, 2010), but the history of neuroscience goes back to the ancient Egyptians (Breasted, 1930Finger, 1994). Most students enter neuroscience to perform cutting-edge research with innovative technologies, to understand the complex workings of the brain and discover how to repair them when mechanisms fail.

“In collaboration with modern science, our tradition can integrate the training of both heart and mind in creating a balanced and holistic education,” said Kalon Karma Yuthok

He talked about the noble vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the Tibetan Buddhist tradition one that remains in servitude of humanity and the incorporation of modern Science and Buddhist philosophy. In addition, he gave a brief introduction to biology and Human Mind.

Kalon also urged the participants to grasp a complete understanding of His Holiness’ vision through investigation and reason.

The workshop will be led by resource person Karma Thupten, Head of Science Department, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives and the 12 days workshop will conclude on 19 October 2019.

Choerig Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok with the participants of the 6th Modern Science Workshop for Monks and Nuns at Administrative Training and Welfare Society. Photo/Kunsang Yelphel

Participant’s introduction round. Photo/Kunsang Yelphel

The history of neuroscience can be important for students and researchers who can use insights from the history of science to illuminate their work.

source  —   cta