Free Fallingwater Lecture

In a webinar to support Fallingwater on September 29, 2020, Dr. Barry Kerzin, personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and future Fallingwater Scholar-in-Residence, gave an enlightening discussion on creating balance in our lives titled, "Environment Creating Healthy Wellbeing, Wellbeing Creating Healthy Environments." During the talk, Kerzin pointed out, “When we are balanced, all life around us is balanced. When nature and our balanced-self meet, a crescendo of energy and subtle joy is evoked. Then all is well.” Nature has a presence and tranquility that permeates the environment including us, if we allow it.


Dr. Barry KerzinDr. Barry Kerzin was born in Southern California where he completed undergraduate studies in philosophy at UC Berkeley. He went on to graduate from the USC College of Medicine and completed his internship at Los Angeles County Medical Center followed by residency at Ventura County Medical Center. Dr. Kerzin relocated to India in 1989 to become personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He later took monastic vows as a Buddhist monk and was ordained by His Holiness in 2003. He has focused much of his professional career on bridging Eastern and Western medicine and speaks often to healers, first responders and corporate executives about developing mindfulness, compassion and resilience. His medical practice is now principally in India; however, he remains the personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and provides care to other members of the Tibetan Community in Exile.

This webinar is being provided, in part, thanks to Fallingwater’s partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Kerzin, who has consulted with UPMC for years, was scheduled to be in Western Pennsylvania and at Fallingwater this summer to participate in our scholar-in-residence program, but had to cancel his plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He wanted to still offer a meaningful way to support Fallingwater by discussing nature, balance and harmony – all attributes evoked from Fallingwater’s architecture and landscape. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Kerzin to Fallingwater for his residency in 2021.