Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, a faculty member in religion at Emory University, is director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership and co-director of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative, an historic initiative to develop and implement a comprehensive science education curriculum for Tibetan monastics.
He has contributed to the development of a number of programs linking Emory with Tibetan institutions of higher learning in India. His career has focused on the potential of mind to affect well-being on physical, emotional and mental levels. That work is now centered in three areas: clinical research on the behavioral, immune and stress impacts of contemplative practices; developing and implementing a science curriculum for Tibetan monastics; and teaching Tibetan Buddhism both at Emory and Atlanta's Drepung Loseling Monastery. He also is co-director of the Emory Collaborative of Contemplative Studies.
Born in Kinnaur, a small Himalayan kingdom adjoining Tibet, he was chosen at age 14 to study at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, the private school of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. In 1985 he entered Drepung Loseling Monastery in Karnataka, Southern India, to continue his studies, and in 1994 he received the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest level of learning in Tibetan Buddhism.
At the suggestion of the Dalai Lama, Geshe Lobsang also completed a Ph.D. at Emory's Institute for Liberal Arts. In 1991 he established Drepung Loseling, the North American seat of Drepung Loseling Monastery, and continues to serve as its president and spiritual director. Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc. has grown to become one of North America's leading centers for the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism, and offers courses by the most highly respected scholars of that tradition.
Negi is regularly invited to lecture on Tibetan Buddhism and on mind-body interactions, and is a frequent participant in interfaith dialogues.
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September 17, 2011 "His Holiness the Dalai Lama joins panel discussion with neuroscientists"
June 21, 2011 Tenerife News "Eastern and Western Medicine Unite for Mind/Body Health"
Mar 28, 2011 Emory Wheel "Tibet Week Displays Culture, Partnership"
Feb 21, 2011 Harvard.edu "Neuroscience and Meditation"
Dec 2, 2010 La Canada Valley Sun "In Theory: Dealing with the holiday hustle"
Oct 28, 2010 CNN "Explainer: How and why to practice compassion meditation"
Oct 18, 2010 CNN "Meditation Reduces Stress, Instill Compassion"
Oct 14, 2010 Access Atlanta "Dalai Lama visit continues Tibet-Atlanta connection"
Sept 28, 2009 Emory Report "Dalai Lama annouces gift, return"
June 29, 2009 New York Times "Tibetan Monks and Nuns Turn their Minds Toward Science"
March 3, 2009 - Bottom Line Secrets - The Power of Compassion
Nov 4, 2007 New York Times "Emory's Little Tibet"