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"The World of Your Senses": Parallel Perspectives from Tibetan Buddhism and Western Science on Sensory Perception

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"The World of Your Senses" shares parallel perspectives from Tibetan Buddhism and western science on sensory perception. This collection explores the questions: How do we see? How does hearing work? How do we perceive smell? How does taste function? How do we sense touch? In addition, the Buddhist perspective includes a sixth sense... mind consciousness!

"The World of Your Senses" is the result of many years of work growing out of directives from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his long history engaging Western scientists in dialogue. The script, content, and imagery were envisioned by a dedicated and curiosity-filled group of thirty Tibetan Buddhist monastics-in-exile from monasteries and nunneries in India, through the "Science for Monks and Nuns" program. The creation of the physical exhibit, launched in 2010, was supported through a unique collaboration between the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LWTA in Dharamsala, India), the Sager Family Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (SCEMS/SCLDA & OEC/Smithsonian Exhibitions), and the Exploratorium in San Francisco. It has since traveled to the United States, Nepal, and Bhutan.

The resource is bi-lingual: English and Tibetan.

RELATED COLLECTIONS:

Senses Series – Sight in Humans and Animals      (http://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/n2f39XxkfBRJeHPk)

Senses Series – Hearing      (http://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/7EbVTM49NgWiGrzA)

Senses Series – Smell      (http://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/7LjjBHybUk9HE8Wj)

Senses Series – Taste     (http://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/2w7r7PVoAgghiYmL)

Senses Series – Touch     (http://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/oon5rHojeyrEwNEE)


This collection is based Science For Monks, World of Your Senses (2010).

Lamp

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Sense of Sight - Science Perspective

Science for Monks and Nuns

Tibetan Book, Direct Path to Enlightenment

National Museum of American History

The Vision of Khas-grub-dje with Tsonk'a-pa appearing to him on an elephant

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Sense of Hearing - Science Perspective

Science for Monks and Nuns

Pair of Large Cymbals with Carrying Case

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Sense of Smell - Science Perspective

Science for Monks and Nuns

Buddhist incense-offering goddesses (possibly Dhupa)

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Buddhist cosmos mandala offering

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Sense of Taste - Science Perspective

Science for Monks and Nuns

Cup with stand (youring)

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Sense of Touch - Science Perspective

Science for Monks and Nuns

Nanda Devi at Dawn--Mayavati Himalayas

Smithsonian American Art Museum

World of Your Senses Brochure Cover

Science Department, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

World of Your Senses Brochure

Science Department, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives