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Dharamshala: On the basis of The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives is taking place the first Science Exhibition by Monastics today as part of a year-long commemoration of 50th anniversary of the Tibetan people's uprising and establishment of the Tibetan government in exile. Six initiative groups of monks are representing six monasteries and sharing their research projects, which imply both West European scientific approach and traditional Buddhist knowledge.

Science education initiative was set up in the year 2000 coming as an inspiration from His Holiness Dalai Lama and the exhibition, according to Bryce Johnson, its Coordinator, is a way to encourage monks to go deeper into Western and Buddhist traditions."Such approach helped us to undersatnd both traditions more deeply, but it is early to bring in something truly innovative, since both branches are undergoing research now," claimed Geshe Nyimu Tshi from the Sera monastery.

In the year 2008 the program was supported by two new projects - The Emory Tibet Science Initiative and The Sager Science Leadership for Monks. Their main aim is to develop and implement a comprehensible science educational program for Tibetan monastics as well as to support local science learning groups. For that reason were invited the USA scholars profound in the areas of physics, cosmology, biology, life sciences, cognitive and neurosciences. 

At that Bryce Johnson labelled the exhibition "a concrete baby step in science" and argued that the program isn't aimed at teaching monks science, while some of them are already teaching at their monasteries or schools, yet it is rather a leadership program that will help to promote science through monasteries and nunneries. "Now Tibetan Buddhism is largely exported into the West and I think this program will change its flavour a little bit," Bryce draw his opinion, adding that it will help to build a dialogue between West and East, "and dialogues always produce wonderful new ideas," he remarked.

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