Bryan Innovation Lab – Gomang Monks

News item posted on: February 18th, 2014
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Join the Bryan Innovation Lab at the Steward School for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery are visiting the Bryan Innovation Lab February 17-21, 2014.

The monks will visit the Bryan Innovation Lab to provide the Steward community with an opportunity to better understand the relationship between Tibetan culture and the science of thought. Through the monks’ varied activities, the students will learn about mindfulness, cultural studies, and traditional foods in an effort to understand their global position in a connected world. The Steward School joins with many modern academic institutions in studying the relationship between quantitative science and contemplative science as demonstrated in Tibetan culture. While on campus, the monks will create a sand mandala in the Wellness Studio, conduct various workshops, visit with Steward students, and perform traditional music and dance throughout the week.

February 17-21 Events

WELCOME: On Monday February 17th, join the Bryan Innovation Lab in welcoming the monks along with a talk on Tibetan Buddhism by UVa Tibetan Studies PhD student Eva Natanya Rolf and the Gomang monks.

SAND MANDALA: From 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day, you are invited to observe and take photos of the daily creation of a sand mandala.  A group of monks will dedicate their time solely to creating this masterpiece.

MEDITATION: At 11 a.m. each day, you are invited to various workshops on meditation.

CULTURAL PAGEANT: On Thursday February 20th, be sure to join us for the Cultural Pageant. A reception and discussion on compassion by University of Virginia Tibetan Studies PhD student Nick Trautz will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Bryan Lab, and the Cultural Pageant will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Lora M. Robins Theatre. During the pageant, the monks will perform traditional Tibetan music and dance. Click here to register for this event.

CLOSING: On Friday afternoon from 3:30-5:30 p.m., join us outside the Bryan Lab for the closing ceremony and the blessing of Petronis Pond.

Click here to register for Thursday evening’s Cultural Pageant


Bryan Innovation Lab at the Steward School
11600 Gayton Road, Richmond VA 23238

Take 64 East to Gaskins Road South. Take a right onto Gayton road (at Gayton shopping center) the school and Bryan Innovation Lab is on Gayton Road.