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Emory University receives $1M grant for Tibet science initiative


ATLANTA — A trust founded by the Dalai Lama has awarded $1 million to support the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative at Emory University.

University officials announced the grant this week, saying it will help support an ongoing partnership focused on incorporating modern science into the monastic education of Tibetan monks and nuns. Each summer, Emory science faculty travel to India to offer intensive course work as part of a broad effort to establish a science curriculum for all Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.

The science project was launched in 2007 at the Dalai Lama's request. Last year, a group of six monks completed an intensive three-year program at Emory focused on science instruction. Those monks have returned to India where they will be leading efforts to teach science at three major monastic universities.

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