Study Abroad: India

Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, Art & Culture in Dharamsala, India

Summer Study Abroad 2019 — Earn 6 WCSU credits
May 25-June 23, 2019
Email Dr. Suzanne Ironbiter at for more information.
Application for Summer 2019

The area is the seat of the Tibetan government in exile and home to a large refugee community around the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan scholars and teachers in exile from their homeland. This is an extraordinary opportunity to experience and participate in a unique environment and culture.

Accommodation: Norling Guest House at Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Art & Culture. Click here for more information about Norbulingka.

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Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, Art & Culture (PHI, HUM, HPX. 4 credits)

Tibetan Buddhist philosophy is a living tradition with a distinctive worldview, a deep commitment to non-violence, and a spiritual technology involving meditation and visualization practice. In the context of our experiential setting in the Tibetan exile community in India, we will examine its unique development from its Indian roots, its present role in Tibetan activism and cultural survival, its manifestation in Tibetan artistic practices, and its practical application to perennial questions of identity, moral choice and human purpose and to current ethical, social and psychological issues.

Tibetan Studio Arts (2 credits)

Foundational drawing of figures, images and symbols belonging to the Tibetan iconographic tradition. Students learn to prepare traditional materials and work with traditional tools in the process of completing a thangka painting, woodcarving or wood painting project under the supervision of a Tibetan master artist.


For more information, contact:

Prof. Suzanne Potter Ironbiter
Philosphy & Humanistic Studies
White Hall 324