Curriculum Resources

General Information

Thanks to UNI Professor James Robinson, following are several documents that provide introductory information about the Dalai Lama, Buddhism, Tibetan history and other facts. Click on each title for more information (in PDF format).

      Basic Buddhism

      Fact Sheet

      Glossary of Terms

      Tibetan Timeline


Iowa Public Television K-12 Events

Tibetan students studying at the University of Northern Iowa will be educating Iowa elementary and high school students about Tibetan culture on Thursday, May 13.  The sessions will be offered through Iowa Public Television's Iowa Communications Network (ICN) programs for K-12 students.

For information about the kindergarten through fifth grade session visit IPTV's Web site.

For information about the ninth through twelfth grade session visit IPTV's Web site


Web Sites Related to the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism

Official Homepage of the Dalai Lama

Buddhism in Tibet (information about Buddhist teachings)

Pluralism Project (with links to various forms of Buddhism) 

Central Tibetan Administration (information about Dalai Lama and Tibet)

Tibetan TV (many clips about the Dalai Lama)

Panchen Lama (second highest Tibetan Lama who selects the next Dalai Lama) 

BBC article on Panchen Lama

Padmasambhava Buddhist Center  (English videos by Tibetan Buddhist masters)

Web Site of Thrangu Rinpoche, reincarnated lama of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism

Mind and Life Institute: The Dalai Lama and Western Science

Web site and information about American actor Steven Segal, who is recognized by Thrangu Rinpoche as a tulku (reincarnated Buddhist lama)

Tulku (information about reincarnated Tibetan lamas)


Traveling Trunk Revelations
The UNI Museum has created a traveling trunk to celebrate the upcoming visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. This educational resource will provide a way for area children to experience some aspects of his culture right here in the Cedar Valley.


The trunk will be filled with artifacts of daily life, books and activities related to Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism, and the Dalai Lama himself, and are tied to many areas of the Iowa Core Curriculum. They will be available for checkout beginning Monday, March 22, 2010. There are two trunks available for reservations. Area educators can reserve a Tibet trunk beginning Monday, Jan. 11 by e-mailing Education Coordinator Diane Schupbach, at The trunks may be checked out from the UNI Museum for two weeks at a time, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.


Service Learning in the 21st Century: Compassion and Community

In conjunction with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet's visit to the University of Northern Iowa on May 18, 2010, all Iowa schools (grades 3-12) are invited to participate in a unique service learning opportunity. All schools who include all 12 of the Core Elements of Service Learning, developed by Dr. Rahima Wade, in their project will be eligible for a random drawing of five FREE tickets (one adult, four students) to attend the Dalai Lama's presentation. See the link below for more information.

Service Learning in the 21st Century: Compassion and Community Application