Thupten Tendhar


Thupten Tendhar is a decades-long scholar and practitioner of nonviolence and peace. He holds a PhD in Education from the University of Rhode Island (URI) and a Geshe (doctorate) degree in Buddhist studies from Drepung Loseling Monastic University. He is a certified Level 3 Trainer in Kingian Nonviolence from the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies. He serves as the director of the International Nonviolence Summer Institute teaching nonviolence globally. He also coordinates and leads training initiatives and inner peace projects at the center. Tendhar authored and published two poetry books, Peace: Rhythm of My Heart and Love: Beating My Heart. He has taught a course on Tibetan Buddhism since 2012 and the core seminar in nonviolence theory and research in the MA in International Relations program at URI. His primary research focuses on compassion, inner peace, mindfulness, wellbeing and nonviolence pedagogy.

Fall 2022

  • HPSS-S214-01 Tibetan Buddhism & The Art Of Happiness

Spring 2023

  • HPSS-S154-01 The Philosophy and Practice Of Peace
  • THAD-H255-01 Buddhist Art At The RISD Museum: Learning From Objects