APPLICATIONS will be taken beginning December 15, 2015 from undergraduate students in all majors from any accredited university.
The Emory Tibetan Mind/Body Sciences Summer Abroad Program is five-week long immersion experience that offers students the opportunity to interact with leading members of the Tibetan exile community—including Emory Distinguished Presidential Professor His Holiness the Dalai Lama—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 based in Dharamsala, India, a bustling Tibetan community in the foothills of the Himalayas. Dharamsala is also 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, and Men-Tsee Khang Tibetan Medical Institute. While in Dharamsala, 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.
On a personal level, I think I've learned to see different aspects of my life from a different perspective and not get too tied down in the emotionally anxiety provoking aspects-to just be able to take a step back and relax and keep a good perspective.
- Rachel, Course Participant
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 engage Tibetan monastics studying neuroscience, biology, and physics.