Buddhist monk enters hallowed halls of academe

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Buddhist monk enters hallowed halls of academe

Post by LauraJ on Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:40 am

Buddhist monk enters hallowed halls of academe
Miki Perkins
January 7, 2009

Loden Jinpa at the State Library, where he is doing research for his PhD. Photo: Justin McManus
ON THE dry plains north of Melbourne Airport sit the whitewashed buildings of the Tibetan Buddhist Society.

Loden Jinpa, one of a handful of Buddhist monks and nuns who live on the property, has just begun a PhD in philosophy and spends his days researching at the State Library or reading ancient Tibetan texts.

But, unlike most doctoral students, Mr Jinpa has never done undergraduate study and was admitted to the PhD only after he managed to write an honours thesis in eight weeks — a task that takes most students 10 months...

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This Venerable's doctoral work sounds fascinating. He's an inspiration!


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