Four years ago, the Dalai Lama met with philanthropist Bobby Sager, head of the Sager Family Traveling Foundation and Roadshow.
The Dalai Lama told Sager
would like to put together a science education project for monks and Sager
agreed to fund it.
"This is literally the first time in history that Buddhist monks are learning western science as part of their monastic studies," says Sager
."The whole concept of something the size of an atom, a molecule of DNA, or the edges of the universe is totally new information and perspective."
The Dalai Lama would like to see some Buddhist monasteries become centers of academic excellence.
"These monks are brilliant scholars, the Ph.D.s of Buddhism," says Sager