Christine Skarda is a philosopher and scientific
theorist whose professional career has spanned the fields of
philosophy, neurophysiology, and cognitive science. She has both
drawn on and contributed to the insights of these fields in her
quest to understand the nature of perception.
This quest eventually propelled her out of
the research laboratory and onto a meditation cushion, where
Skarda turned to methods of inquiry drawn from the Tibetan Buddhist
tradition to study the perceptual process from another angle.
An ordained nun, Skarda has by now spent over a decade and a
half in meditation retreat in the United States and India under
the guidance of some of the greatest living members of the Tibetan
Buddhist tradition including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and
His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche.
She returned to America in 2007 and continues
her retreat in California. Occasionally she leaves retreat to
lecture or teach to a diverse audience, offering her scientific
background to Buddhists and her Buddhist insights to scientists