The Emory University Tibetan Mind/Body Sciences Summer Abroad Program is a five-week long immersion experience that offers students the opportunity to interact with leading members of the Tibetan exile community – including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is an Emory Distinguished Presidential Professor – while participating in the growing dialogue between modern science and the Tibetan Buddhist contemplative tradition.
The program offers students two unique experiences. The first half of the program is hosted by the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD) at the Sarah College for Higher Tibetan Studies (CHTS) campus near Dharamsala. Dharamsala is home to many important institutions preserving the rich, but endangered, cultural legacy of Tibet like the Norbulinka Institute, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, the Men-Tsee Khang Tibetan Medical Institute and the Gyuto Tantric Monastery. While at Sarah, students study meditation, Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan medicine, and the culture of Buddhist Tibet with unparalleled access to local experts, unique sites, and experiential learning opportunities.
The second portion of the program is based at Drepung Loseling Monastery in South India where students can be fully immersed in a monastic community. Additionally, in conjunction with the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative, students actively interact with Tibetan monastics studying neuroscience, biology, and physics.
For more information on applying, please visit Emory University’s Center for International Affairs (CIPA).