Collaboration

The fourth pillar of the Bridge is built on the momentum gained from all three previous pillars of goodness—Roots, Study, and Transmission. Collaboration is possible when individuals and institutions are able to identify their unique strengths and couple their own “rootedness of knowing”, with an openness to learning and exchange with others. SINI provides a unique environment for experimenting with new fields of knowledge while testing the limits of accepted positions. Examples of on-going collaborations include a series of explorations on designing monastic curriculum for the 21st century, efforts to create the first-ever Tibetan Buddhist encyclopedia of the words of the Buddha, and experiments with pairing graphic artists with statements of hope generated by monks at the Institute. These opportunities prove deeply enriching for all involved and hold great promise for enhancing our ever-expanding human mandala of intercultural understanding and evolution.