Eastern Wisdom and Western Science: Buddhist Perspectives, a Panel Discussion

Posted on: November 15, 2017

Sunday, December 3, 7-9 pm

Is Buddhism indeed “the most science-friendly” religious tradition?  Join us as a panel of scientists and Buddhist scholars examines the cross-currents between Buddhist perspectives and Western Science, covering such topics as:

  • Belief vs. Empiricism
  • Scientific methodology vs. Buddhist inquiry
  • Implications of Buddhist principles like “no-self, emptiness, impermanence” and “dependent origination” for scientific research, contemporary issues and our continued existence on Earth.
  • Science of well-being: Buddhist medicine
  • Neuroscience of Buddhist meditation
  • Karma-reincarnation cycle of existence
  • Quantum non-local consciousness and Buddhist principles

The second half of the program will open these topics up for input from the audience.  Explore, receive, and share insights and questions!


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

Gee Gunawardhana, Ph.D. Organic Chemistry.  Chief Scientific Officer of a local company developing drug therapies for Alzheimer’s disease.  Raised in Sri Lanka in the early Buddhist Theravada tradition, Gee studies Buddhist texts. 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.

Nashalla Gwyn Nyinda, TMD, B.A., LMT. Tibetan medicine doctor at the Tibetan Medicine and Holistic Healing Clinic, Boulder. Guest faculty at Soring Khang International and Adjunct Faculty at Naropa University, teaching Anatomy.  Student of Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche. Doctor of Medicine degree (Menpa) with professional training in Nepal, India and Tibet . B.A at Naropa University with studies in Asian Medicines and Buddhist Psychology.

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 took Rick into the study of philosophy, religion, cognitive science and psycho-neurolinguistics. Rick’s computing technology projects include biotechnology, genetic mapping, aerospace and the International Space Station.

Panel Moderator:  Sreedevi Bringi, M.A., M.S., M.Sc. recently-retired Faculty in Hinduism and Yoga Studies at Naropa University.Offers trainings in yogic meditation, Sacred Sanskrit, Vedanta and Shakti Tantra. Raised in a Hindu family in India with science, yoga and spiritual teachings.  Graduate training in Chemistry, Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental Education.  Prior teaching career at the university, community college and high schools in Fort Collins, CO.


General Public $20; Caritas Members $15; Students with ID $10

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