Saturday, February 06, 2010

Opportunities to Study Tibetan Culture and Buddhism

*Tibetan Studies in Amdo*
Alabama in the Himalayas with Jonang Foundation: Tibetan History and Cultural Studies in China

A Collaborative Educational Program of the University of Alabama and Jonang Foundation

In the Amdo Region of Eastern Tibet, Sichuan Province, P.R.C.

June 03-26, 2010

*Program website:

The Program:
The program, Alabama in the Himalayas with Jonang Foundation: Tibetan History and Cultural Studies in China, is designed to take undergraduate (B.A.) and graduate (M.A./Ph.D.) students to the Amdo cultural domain of far eastern Tibet [Sichuan Province, P.R.C.]. In addition to the rigorous academic study program, students will engage in cultural heritage site documentation and carry out field research in a fascinating region of the Tibetan world.

The program consists of 2 courses for a total of 6 academic credits [transferable to any college or university]: (1) a lecture series by faculty and guest lecturers at monasteries and select places of importance on Tibetan history, religious thought and practice, and culture; and (2) a group multimedia field research project at designated sites, digitally documenting Tibetan sacred space and cultural practices.

Courses are:

(1) "Tibetan History, Culture, Religion" [3 credits]
(2) "Documenting Tibetan Sacred Space" [3 credits]

Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Alabama. She has travelled and lived in different parts of Asia for over 10 years, and speaks Chinese and Tibetan.

Lama Kalzang Dorjee Bhutia is an Instructor at the University of Alabama. He completed graduate studies in Buddhist studies and philosophy, history and law at the University of Delhi, India. Lama Kalzang is originally from Sikkim, a Tibetan cultural area in the Indian Himalayas, where he was raised in a Buddhist family lineage. He speaks several dialects of Tibetan.

Michael R. Sheehy, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Jonang Foundation and Senior Editor at the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center in the city of New York. He lived in a Buddhist monastery in Amdo for 3 years where he studied with Tibetan Buddhist masters. He teaches courses on Tibetan religion, Himalayan visual culture, and Buddhist philosophy at The New School. He is fluent in Amdo dialects of Tibetan.

Application & Costs:
Spaces are limited to 12 students so applicants are encouraged to apply early. If space remains available, late applications will be considered.

The total cost of the program is: $3,900.00. Please contact us about making progressive payments based on availability and timing. Cost does not include international airfare.

For all general inquiries about the program, contact the faculty, Program Coordinator Michael Sheehy [] or Program Director Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa [].

For specific logistical information regarding travel arrangements, contact Angela Channell [ or call (205) 348-5256], Director of Overseas Study, Capstone International Academic Programs, University of Alabama.

***See the program webpage for course descriptions, program itinerary, application instructions, cost breakdowns, and payment schedule. []

Emory University's summer study abroad program in Dharamsala, "Tibetan Mind/Body Sciences."

This program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to join the
emerging dialogue between the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of the inner
science of the mind and the modern scientific tradition of the study
of the external world. Participants on this program engage in an
exciting experiment in cross-cultural collaboration that has the
potential to lead to breakthroughs in a variety of fields. Students
will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best teachers in
the western and Tibetan traditions, while actively engaging in
dialogue with Tibetan monks and nuns who will be studying
neuroscience, biology, and physics in the month-long Emory-Tibet
Science Initiative. Students receive credit for two courses: "Mind,
Body and Medicine" and "Culture of Buddhist Tibet."

The program takes place in Dharamsala, the heard of the Tibetan exile
community in India. No prior knowledge of Tibetan is required.

Program Information and Details:

A Video on the Program can be viewed here:

More information on the Emory-Tibet Partnership can be found at:

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