Eastern Wisdom and Western Science: Buddhist/Hindu Perspectives. A Panel Discussion

Posted on: June 8, 2018

Thursday, June 28 at 7pm

Admission: $20 public ; $15 members; Students: $10

  • Reflections on Buddhist/Hindu wisdom perspectives vs. Western Science.
  •  Belief/faith vs. empiricism/ hypothesis.
  • Scientific methodology vs. Buddhist/Vedantic inquiry.
  •  Implications of Buddhist principles like “no-self, emptiness, impermanence and dependent origination” for scientific research and contemporary existential issues.
  •   Karma/reincarnation, the cycle of existence (samsara).  
  • The cosmology of Quantum Physics and Buddhist/Vedic Science worldviews.
  • Western  Science and Vedic healing systems of Ayurveda  and Yoga

 A rich diversity of panel speakers with slides! Come, explore, share insights and ask questions. 


Phil Stanley , Ph.D., M.A., B.A.  Professor of Buddhist Studies and Tibetan language at the Department of Religious Studies at Naropa University. Student of Naropa Founder Trungpa Rinpoche. Practitioner and teacher of Buddhist meditation for over 30 years. Dean of Academic affairs at Nitartha Institute. Vice-Chair of International Council of Buddhist Universities. Co-founder of the Union Catalog of Buddhist Texts. Full-Bright Fellowship recipient

Gee Gunawardhana, Ph.D, Organic Chemistry.   Raised in Sri Lanka in the early Buddhist Theravada tradition, Gee studies Buddhist texts. Chief Scientific Officer of a local company developing drug therapies for Alzheimer’s disease. Graduate training in Australia, followed by research in medicinal chemistry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Over 30 years in pharmaceutical R&D work at Merck, Abbott and Array Biopharma.

Rick Walsh . A.B. (Harvard). Artificial Intelligence/Computing Systems Consultant . Member of Boulder Cosmology group, Physics group, Living Poets Society and the Great Books Group. Meditative experiences in his teens led Rick to study philosophy, religion, cognitive science and psycho-neuro-linguistics. Rick’s computing technology projects have spanned biotechnology, genetic mapping, aerospace, and the International Space Statio


Varadaan (Ben Lipmam): BS, RYT, ASP2- Ayurveda. Founding President of the Colorado Ayurvedic Medical Association.  Studied astrophysics and mechanical engineering at Stanford University, where he also encountered Buddhist philosophy. Meditation training in India.  Writing a book on a new physical theory for subatomic physics- compatible with Vedic Science (Hindu/Yogic cosmology).  Graduate of Dr. Lad’s Ayurvedic Institute’s 2-year program, maintained an Ayurvedic clinic in Boulder for a decade, taught Ayurveda classes and develops new Ayurvedic herbal medicines.   

Panel Moderator:

Sreedevi Bringi. M.A., M.S., M.Sc. recently-retired Faculty in Hinduism and Yoga Studies at Naropa University.  Raised in a Hindu family in India with science, yoga and spiritual teachings. Graduate training in Chemistry, Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental Education.  Prior teaching careers in Chemistry and Science Education at the university, community college and high schools in Fort Collins, CO. www.ShaktiInstitute.com


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