Int’l conference brings together monastic scholars and scientists to discuss Observation and Reality


Gangtok, 04 Oct [IPR]: A three-day international conference on Observation and Reality [Cosmology & Consciousness] was inaugurated by Governor Ganga Prasad, who is also the president of Namgyal Institute of Tibetology [NIT], at Chintan Bhawan here today.

The conference is being jointly organized by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives [LTWA], Dharmasala, and NIT, Gangtok.

LTWA Director, Geshe Thabkhe, Professor Theodore Hodapp, Anil Ananthaswamy, Ven Khenpo Chowang, Dr Areeya Chantasri, Prof Ian Durham and Prof Howard Wiseman are present as resource persons for the conference.

The main aim of the programme is to bring together international scientists in dialogue with 30 Buddhist monastic scholars.

The conference was connected to a four-week workshop that trained 30 monastic scholars in a first-time introductory science course held from 03-28 Sept, 2018.

During the workshop, the monastic scholars, representing different Buddhist traditions and monasteries within Sikkim, will also be participating in the conference panel discussions and question & answer sessions.

While addressing the international conference on Observation and Reality [Cosmology & Consciousness], the Governor expressed his delight to be a part of such an informative and educational programme.

Being the president of the organization, he extended gratitude towards LTWA and NIT for organizing such a workshop on science and consciousness.

“It is my pleasure to meet all of you on the occasion of the inauguration of the conference on science, consciousness observation and reality. I am happy to see that scholars and scientist from India and abroad have come together to discuss such topics and this observation and reality will be very much beneficial for all participants and supervisors,” the Governor said.

He said that finding reality has become an important part of both philosophy and science to solve various problems of life. Stating that it is a matter of happiness that 30 senior Buddhist monks of

Darjeeling and Sikkim have gone through the subject of science, he added that it is a matter of pride for Sikkim to conduct such conference and hoped that it will be useful to students, academician, scholars and the general public.

The Governor stated that the capacity of the human brain is unlimited and to understand the many elements of this entire universe along with science and spiritual knowledge is absolutely essential. This knowledge is used for human well-being and for the upliftment of humanity, he added.

He expressed hope that the workshop will prove useful to the young researchers and common students while welcoming all the participants from outside the State and wished them a memorable stay in Sikkim.

Earlier, the LTWA Director, in his keynote address, spoke about Cosmology and Consciousness VII – Philosophy and Physics and said that it is a conference that convenes Buddhist scholars, Western and Indian scientists in a three-day dialogue to promote the integration of spiritual values and scientific investigations. It also supports new learning at the frontiers of Science and Buddhism, he added.

“This cross-cultural exchange tackles on how the experimental evidence of modern physics intersects with Buddhist conceptions of causations, the observer, and how the act of observation influences our measurements in nature. The monastic scholars and scientist alike, both steward traditions that strongly encourages dialogue and the open exchange of ideas,” he stated.