About Mangalam Research Center

Mangalam Research Center will be the center for most activities during the two-week summer institute. During the day, summer scholars and visiting faculty will have open access to the dining commons, lounge, library, and practice spaces furnished with meditation cushions and yoga mats. MRC will host collegial working lunches each week day in its dining commons. As a volunteer-centered community, MRC offers small personal touches such as optional morning yoga and fresh home-baked treats (including vegan and gluten free options!)  Our staff will organize and guide informal trips to the Berkeley Rose Garden, UC Botanical Gardens, and the famous North Berkeley walking paths for interested participants. There will be a private, docent led tour of the University of California’s BAMPFA collection of Tibetan art and current exhibits, and a day-cruise on the San Francisco Bay on the 82-foot staysail Schooner Seaward.

About the neighborhood

Mangalam Research Center is located in the heart of Downtown Berkeley, one block from Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), with more than 50 restaurants and cafés, live entertainment options, and the Berkeley Arts District within a 10-minute walk. The City of Berkeley Main Library is one block away from the Center; the post office is next door; and the YMCA is directly across the street. The UC Berkeley campus is a 5-minute walk away, and the famous Telegraph Avenue district is less than a mile away.