In December 2012, the Templeton
Foundation awarded Heuman a two year fellowship in its funding
competition Breaking New Ground in Science and Religion. In collaboration
with the Buddhist magazine Tricycle, Heuman will open
a new conversation at a level accessible to the general public
between Buddhists and major modern thinkers across the humanities
and social sciences who work on the nature of religion and science.
The purpose of the fellowship is to:
- Explore ways in which scholarship
from fields like philosophy, anthropology, sociology, history
of science, history of religion, science studies, literary studies,
and linguistics interfaces with Buddhist theory and practice.
- Introduce a Buddhist voice
into the discourse on religion and science in the humanities
and social sciences that has so far been carried out mostly from
a theistic and Western perspective.
- Consider how the fruits of
such dialogue might advance research in contemplative science.
- Educate Western convert Buddhists
about how scholarly research on religion and science in their
own tradition can offer them new ways of thinking about their