Sager Family Foundation and powerHouse Books are pleased to announce the 14 October 2012 release of:
BEYOND THE ROBE
SCIENCE FOR MONKS AND ALL IT REVEALS ABOUT TIBETAN MONKS AND NUNS
By Bobby Sager
With forewords by Robert Thurman and Matthieu Ricard
Now accepting orders
Beyond the Robe tells the story of the Science for Monks program and what it reveals about the larger role Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns can play in their monasteries, in their communities, and in the world at large. Science for Monks represents the first time in the 1,500-year history of Tibetan Buddhism that Western science is being taught as part of the monastic curriculum. Beyond the Robe is a collection of essays containing the first insights and observations that have come out of that historic effort. The heart of the book is the perspectives of the monks and nuns themselves as well as reflections from the scientists who teach the workshops. The story of the monks' journey through science to leadership is told by many contributors. More than 30 people have contributed essays, quotes, and photographs. Bobby's dynamic portraits and fine-art photography provide a more complete picture of the monks and nuns and the context in which Science for Monks is taking place. His goal is to create an experiential space where readers can digest the contributors' thoughts and to provide some "Wow, I didn't know that!" moments.
"My point of view
is grounded in many years of eyeball-to-eyeball experience. Over the past 12
years, I spent time living and studying with monks and scientists while we
developed the Science for Monks program. My family foundation, the Library of
Tibetan Works and Archives, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama have been partners
in this initiative since 2000. My greatest wish for this book is that it helps
bring more attention to the untapped potential of the monks and nuns to provide
leadership in their world and further insight into ours. Instead of simply
admiring them from afar, let's get close enough to listen."
"Bobby Sager has
been not only a most generous and dedicated benefactor of the Science for Monks
program since it was launched 12 years ago, but also he is a direct witness to
its flourishing. His testimony and insight are key to an in-depth understanding
of this unique encounter between two major traditions of knowledge, Buddhist
contemplative science and modern Western science. His account provides a
welcome encouragement to this wonderful meeting of minds and hearts at the
service of humanity."
"Beyond the Robe has
many fascinating dimensions and makes a critical contribution to Tibet, to
Buddhism, and to our world today. The space it opens is the world of the
Tibetan Buddhist monastic universities, still thriving in Indian exile. Within
that world, we encounter, in beautiful and thought provoking ways, the living
tradition of Buddhist monastics, their realms of study, debate, prayer, and
meditation, and their living intellectual and experiential encounter with the
modern worldview, with its discoveries, technologies, and anxieties."
Please click here for a preview of BEYOND THE ROBE.
Photography / Buddhism / Science
Hardcover, 13 x 17 inches, 300 pages, over 100 photographs, including both portraits
and fine-art photography.
ISBN: 978-1-57687-629-9, $200.00