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5th July to 8th August 2021

Buddhism and Science:
A Critical Introduction to the Encounter


The combination of traditional Tibetan Buddhist doctrinal studies, guided by a Tibetan monk-scholar, in tandem with ‘Western’ academic studies, offers students an ample field of knowledge.


Through daily discussion with professors and classmates, in person as well as online, students will be able to further reflect on the material and incorporate it on a personal level.


Daily guided meditation as well as personal time for practice and contemplation will allow students to gain personal experience of the methods of Buddhist mind training.



John Dunne, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Contemplative Humanities -Center for Healthy Minds and Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

Ana Cristina Lopes, PhD
Researcher in residence at Stanford University’s Ho Center for Buddhist Studies

James Gentry, PhD
Assistant professor at Stanford University’s Department of Religious Studies

A monastic professor of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal

...and guest lecturers to be announced


Held at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde, an International center for Buddhist Studies and Meditation situated in Scharnstein, Upper Austria in the Austrian pre-Alps.

This large center is situated on top of a hill surrounded by beautiful gardens, lush greenery, and vital woods, and was a former farmhouse that has been renovated into a beautiful seminar house. It offers a private natural swimming pond for after-class refreshment.

Learn more about the center

Gomde hosts an international group of people interested in spiritual development and personal growth, and attracts a lot of young people who come as volunteers from all over the world.

Throughout the year, several workshops, seminars and retreats are offered at Gomde. A special highlight is the visit of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, the centre’s abbot and founder, in the summer (early August) which usually follows the ‘legendary’ Gomde Summer Fest in late July (25-26 July 2020).

Get to know Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

Classes will take place in the centre’s 200 m2 meditation hall - an ideal setting for focussed studies and inspiring discussion. The Lhakhang, as it is called, is very bright and airy and offers a unique contemplative atmosphere, as it is also used for daily meditation practice. Students will have access to a study room, equipped with a printer, high speed internet and a library, as well as the centre’s own café lounge.

Gomde Germany-Austria is located in the heart of Europe, about 2.5 hours drive between Munich, Germany and Vienna, Austria, and is a great starting point to explore Europe. The nearest airport is the local airport of Linz. International Airports of Vienna, Salzburg or Munich are also accessible through public transport.

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Engage in daily traditional Buddhist contemplative practices and academic coursework, together with the focus on reflexive awareness as a tool to access knowledge as well as self-development. Join us for a unique experience of studying and practicing Buddhism and science.

Summer course 2019 Presentation