About Vic Mansfield

"I am grateful to him for responding to my appeal for people who have such knowledge to share it with others." —H.H. Dalai Lama

As a professor of physics and astronomy at Colgate University for thirty-five years, Vic Mansfield taught a wide range of science courses, as well as courses focusing on Tibetan Buddhism and Jungian psychology. Students consistently described Vic's classes as rigorous and challenging, yet always a joy to attend. His Core:Tibet course was a perennial favorite with students, who called it transformative, citing Vic’s passion, humor, and spontaneity. An award-winning teacher, Vic published scores of technical articles in scienceas well as several dozen interdisciplinary papers connecting physics to Tibetan Buddhism and depth psychology. For nearly four decades, he practiced and studied with spiritual leaders in the US, Europe, and India. Vic also wrote Synchronicity, Science, and Soul-Making (Open Court Publishing, 1995) and Head and Heart: A Personal Exploration of Science and the Sacred (Quest Books, 2002). In April, 2008, Vic was the co-recipient of the prestigious Sidney J. and Florence Felten French Prize for inspirational teaching. Vic was a lifelong student of Anthony Damiani and Paul Brunton, in association with whom he served as a founding director of Wisdom's Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies. Vic died peacefully on June 3, 2008 after a valiant two-year struggle with lymphoma. For details on his life and accomplishments, his obituary, and information about his writings are posted at his continuing Web site.

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