BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

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Buddhist approach to responsible consumption and sustainable development
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS



Praneeth Abhayasundere obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology (1997) from the Benares Hindu University, India, and is curently a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology Department at University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. He has written many research papers on Sociology and Buddhism and books and articles about various subjects. He was awarded the State Literary Award in 2005 for classical literature (non-fiction) and 2016 for best lyrics, the BUNKA award from the Japanese Embassy, Sri Lanka in 2008, and the KALASHURI title at the national honor award and best lyricist for “Paththinicinema at the Signis salutation in 2017. He was the President (2015 - 2018 January) of the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress. He has been actively engaging in drug prevention projects for the past twenty-five years.

Bharti is a Buddhist Scholar and teaches History in Bhagini Nivedita College at the University of Delhi. She also taught as Assistant Professor in Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi. She obtained a Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy from Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi. She also submitted her PhD thesis entitled An Iconographical Study of the Major episodes from the life of the Buddhafrom Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi. Ms Bharti is the member of Indian Society of Buddhist Studies and Indian Society of Indic Studies. Her research papers have been published in various national and international journals. She also presented more than twenty-four papers in national and international conferences.

Basudha Bose completed both her M.Phil and Ph.D. in Pali from the University of Calcutta. The topic of her M.Phil was the Major Buddhist Sects in Japanand the topic of her PhD research was Green Buddhism: An Aspect of Applied Buddhism.” Dr. Bose also wishes to do further research on the field of Buddhist Studies. As a freelance documentary movie maker, she joins this conferenc
to gather more knowledge of studies on the subject of Buddhism throughout the world and to deepen her understanding of modern- day Buddhism from the various speakers who will present their papers in this upcoming conference.

Neelima Dahiya was Professor and Head, Department of History; Professor, Sir Chhotu Ram Chair; Dean, Students Welfare; University Provost; and Chairperson, Committee on Sexual Harassment at work place, Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, India. She received her Ph.D. from Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. She has over 38 years of experience in teaching, research, research guidance and has been acting as referee for various research journals. Her areas of interest are: Socio-Economic and cultural history of Ancient India and contemporary issues pertaining to gender, environment, global peace and religion. She has been participating and contributing in national and international conferences and seminars. Inspired by socially engaged Buddhism, she is actively associated with various governmental and non- governmental organizations engaged in addressing the regional and global issues concerning society and environment.

Jyoti Dwivedi is an Assistant Professor in Kalindi College University of Delhi where he is teaching Buddhist Cultural History and Heritage and working towards a Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor K.T.S Sarao. His academic achievements include 1st position (Gold medallist) in Masters (M.A in Buddhist studies) from the Department of Buddhist studies, University of Delhi, 1st position (Gold medallist) in Diploma in Pāli language and literature from Department of Buddhist studies, University of Delhi. His areas of interest/specialization include History of Indian Buddhism, Ancient Indian History, Buddhist Cultural History and Heritage, Ancient Indian Archaeology, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Ancient Indian Epigraphy, Ancient Indian Topography, Pilgrimage, History and Civilization, and Indian Culture and Heritage.

Budi Hermawan is a Doctor of Education Management from Jakarta State University and Doctor of Management Science from Brawijaya University, currently serving as Director of the Metric Research Institute and Statistics Consulting. Dr. Hermawan is an assessor of the National Higher Education Accreditation Counci
starting in 2012. He has served as vice-chancellor of human and general resources at Indonesian Institute of Business and Informatics (2006-2007); Chairperson of the Internal Quality Assurance at the Kwik Kian Gie Business and Information Institute (2011-2012); Head of Graduate Study Dharma Achariya Smaratungga Buddhist College (2011-2015); and became the manager of the School of Marketing at the Bunda Mulia University (2014-2015). His research agenda for the next 5 years is in Spiritual and Religious Tourism, especially those related to Buddhist sites.

Shyamon Jayasinghe is an independent scholar. He had an illustrious career in the senior echelons of the civil service of his country of origin, Sri Lanka. An author of two books, Shyamon is a columnist and feature writer. Picking up from his early intellectual and academic base in philosophy, he developed a passion for applying Buddhist philosophical thinking in addressing contemporary concerns and is a regular contributor to journals and other publications. He has already presented research papers on this area of interest at international academic conferences held in Thailand and Myanmar. Shyamon Jayasinghe has two Masters degrees, one from the University of Melbourne. He is an Associate Member of the prestigious Australasian Association of Philosophy.

Maya Joshi received her Ph.D. from Delhi University in 2013 and is currently an Associate Professor of English literature at Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. She has worked with Tibet House, New Delhi for over 14 years, editing two books: Pramana: Dharmakirti and the Indian Philosophical Debate (with Lama Doboom Tulku), and My Life, My Times, an autobiography of Kushok Bakula Rinpoche. She has published a critical editon of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein and has participated in two UNDV conferences. Dr. Joshi spent 2017-18 as a Fulbright-Nehru Post- Doctoral Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a keen interest in issues of sustainability and ecology and has been actively involved with initiatives and institutions that work with ecological issues such as Lakshmi Ashram, Kausani and Navdanya.

Rahul Krishna Kamble is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Sardar Patel College, Chandrapur, India
with a Ph.D. in Environmental Science. He has worked as a Scientist at National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, New Delhi. Over the last ten years in the capacity as an Assistant Professor, he developed courses and focused on Buddhism studies and environment, climate change adaptations, sustainable innovations, and environmental sociology. He has published in numerous international peer-reviewed journals and books on various environmental issues, including Environmental conservation reflections in Pali literature, Noble Eightfold Path: Buddhist response to environmental degradation, Kamma influence on environmental conservation, Ashoka the engaged ecologist, etc.

Hudaya Kandahjaya received a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies in 2004 from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, with a specialization in Indonesian Buddhism. He has separately issued a number of publications in the form of book, chapter, article, or encyclopedia entries related to his ongoing study of Indonesian Buddhism. Dr. Kandahjaya has been working at the BDK America, currently in Moraga, California, USA, since 1998, as an assistant to the editor in its main publishing project, the BDK English Tripitaka. He has also engaged in practical aspects of Buddhism, gearing his interests towards theoretical as well as practical understanding of Engaged Buddhism.

Gabor Kovacs is an Assistant Professor at the Business Ethics Center of the Corvinus University of Budapest. He received his Ph.D. from the Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. He was participating in the research projects of the Business Ethics Center about the ethical value-orientations and the ecological value-orientations of Hungarian entrepreneurs. Prof. Dr. Kovacs is researching Buddhist economics and the role of spirituality in business. He is the secretary of the Hungarian Bhutan Friendship Society since its foundation in 2011. He is a member of the Pali Translation Group that aims at the translation of Buddhist Scriptures from the Pali Canon to Hungarian language since 2008.

Ravindra Kumar is a Ph.D. Research Scholar in the Department of Sociology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (Rajasthan), India.
Ven.  Yatalamatte  Kusalananda  Thero,  Chief  Abbot  of  Sr
Purwaramaya, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka, is currently working as a Counselor in Kerala Lanka Vaidya Bhavan, Yakkala, Sri Lanka, Counseling in Practical Programmes – Postgraduate Buddhist Āyurvedic Counseling Degree  Programme  –  Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist  Studies  –  University  of  Kelaniya and Counseling Coordinator at Buddhist Āurvedic Counseling Programme – Peoples Bank, Galle. He is a member of Board of Editors – Upadesana, Ministry of Social Services and compiled articles for magazines and journals. Ven. Y. Kusalananda Thero has presented papers at National and International conferences and presented a paper at UNDV Conference in 2015 held in Thailand.

Dr. Kustiani received a Ph.D. from PGIPBS University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka in 2013. She is now a lecturer at Syailendra Buddhist College, Indonesia, and is actively engaged in developing Buddhism in Indonesia by helping and creating some Buddhist programmes. Together with Theravada Buddhist women organization, she is propagating a sammajivita movement,’’ especially for Buddhist family in Central Java island, that advises all Buddhist families in Central Java to donate money little by little and keep it in a bottle or bamboo. This bottle or bamboo will be brought to temple once a year (on 1st May every year). The money collected are used to develop Buddhist education. Now she focuses on helping a programme to develop the economic welfare of Buddhists by establishing a Prema Mart or Loving Kindness mart.

Tin Tin Lay is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Pariyatti of the InternataionalThervadādaBuddhistMissionaryUniversity,Yangon, Myanmar. She studied Buddhism at the I.T.B.M.U and obtained her Ph.D. She also studied medicine at the Institute of Medicine (1), Yangon, and got M.B., B.S. Her keen interest is applicability and pragmatic values of Buddha Dhamma for the emergence of peaceful society and comparative study between Buddhism and medical science. She has participated in many conferences, workshops, and talks as a commentator, presenter, and moderator. She has published several papers and articles on the Suttanta, Abhidhamma, History, and Theravāda Buddhist meditation practices. She recently retired from governmental services.

Upul Priyankara Lekamge has earned BA [Hons.] from the 
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and perused postgraduate studies in Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, Sociology, Linguistics, International Relations and Economics in the Sri Lankan Universities of Kelaniya, Colombo and Sri Jayewardenepura. He has conducted research, published and presented on the sub disciplines of Sociology such as education, religion, sports, youth and culture of Sri Lanka in many local and international conferences. Presently he serves as a Lecturer in Sociology at the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.

Wai Sum Li is currently a Master of Philosophy student at the Centre of Buddhist Studies, University of Hong Kong. In 2016, she worked as a research assistant, and served in 2017 served as a teaching assistant in the Common core programme of the Centre of Buddhist Studies, the University of Hong Kong. From 2004 to 2009, Ms Li worked as a primary school music teacher in Hong Kong, and from 2010 to 2016, she was self-employed as a private instrumental tutor, teaching the piano and music theory to children and adults.

Venerable Neminda is a Theravada Buddhist monk from Myanmar. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Myanmar Scripture from the University of Distance Education Mandalay, Master of Arts Degree from Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, Kelaniya University, Sri Lanka. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at the International Buddhist Studies College, Mahchulalongkornrajavidayalaya University, Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Nguyen Ngoc Duy Khanh (Ven. Giac Minh Tuong) received a B.A. in Buddhist Philosophy from the Buddhist University in Ho Chi Minh City in 2016 and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies, Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies – University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. He is pursuing an M.A. in Buddhist Studies, Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies – University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

Ven. Viharagala Pagngnaloka, a higher ordained Bhikkhu in Sri Lankan Sangha community living in Kandy, Sri Lanka, holds a B.A. First Class Honours degree in Buddhist Studies form Sr
Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA Campus) affiliated to Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya  University,  Thailand,  and a Diploma in Buddhist  Counselling  Psychology.  Currently, he is an M.Phil. Candidate at the University of Peradeniya in Buddhist Studies. He works as a Probationary Lecturer at Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy, Pallekele, Sri Lanka, and as a visiting lecturer at National Seminary Philosophate-Kandy conducting lectures on Contemporary Social Issues in Sri Lanka. He has presented several research papers in international conferences held in Sri Lanka and overseas, and his research areas include contemporary social issues and Buddhist Thought, Buddhism and Economics, and Buddhist Counselling Psychology, etc.



 

Rev. Beragama Piyarathana Thero studied to become an Attorney at law in Sri Lanka Law College and received his Post Graduate Diploma in Buddhism and Masters in Buddhism from the University of Kelaniya. Rev. Thero has taught English for nearly twenty years in Buddhist Monastic colleges and work as an In-Service Adviser for English Subject for Ministry of Education for more than 7 years on part time basis. He has been Minister of Buddhism in Jethavana Buddhist Vihara Biringham in UK for nearly 3 years. He is currently residing in Canada on a temporary basis and is working for his M.Phil in Sri Lanka.
Dr.        Phra             Rajapariyatkavi             is Rector of
Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya                                              University (MCU). He
has    published    many         books/papers,          including         Mahayana
Buddhism, Buddhist Philosophy, Ethics in Buddhist Scriptures,
Buddhadhamma-Essence    from                                         Jataka                                         Stories,                                         Buddhism:
Philosophy  and  Society,  Buddhadhamma  for  Administrative
Empowerment.

Rathnasiri Rathnayaka (former Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies at Nāgānanda International Buddhist University) is a senior lecturer in Buddhist Philosophy at Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies – University of Kelaniya. He is also a visiting lecturer to Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka and several other state institutions. His discipline encompasses Buddhist Philosophy, Fundamental Tenets  of  Buddhism,  Early  Buddhism,  Theravāda  Buddhism, 
Buddhist Psychology, Buddhist Psychotherapy, Buddhist Psychiatry and Counselling, Buddhist Social & Ethical Philosophy. He has authored eight books, compiled 21 research articles and monographs on Buddhism for national and international journals, and presented papers in 42 national and international conferences.

Ven. Dr. Pinnawala Sangasumana is a senior lecturer in Geography at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka with several publications in indexed and refereed journals, edited volumes and conference proceedings. His research interest in conflict and displacement derives from his longtime experience in teaching and research in Human Geography. Ven. Sangasumana currently focuses on disaster management, regional development, and political geography, and is coordinating relief and charity programs directed at the marginalized populations of the country. Ven. Sangasumana serves as the chief Sanghanayaka of Western Province for Amarapura Kalyaniwamsa Chapter, an executive member of World Buddhist Sangha Council and the National Geographic Association of Sri Lanka.

Karam Teje Singh Sarao is presently Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Delhi. He received Ph.D. (Buddhism) from Delhi University. He was awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship in 1985 to study at the University of Cambridge from where he received his second Ph.D. in Archaeology in 1989. Professor Sarao has been a visiting fellow/professor at Dongguk University  (South  Korea),  Chung-Hwa  Institute of BuddhisStudie(Taiwan),  Sorbonne  (France),  Cambridge University (UK), Visvabharati (India), and PS Royal Buddhist University (Cambodia). To date, he has written sixteen books and published more than 250 research papers and articles. In 2011, the PS Royal Buddhist University, Phnom Penh, conferred the degree of D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) on him.

A.G.R.H.S. Senarathne has a special degree in Buddhist civilization from the Department of Pali and Buddhist studies of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He also followed a course in History in the University of Colombo and completed a higher national diploma in Buddhism at the Buddhist and Pali University in Sri Lanka, and a national diploma in Criminology and Criminal 
justice SLF. He presented a research paper: Are the ancient Buddhist archeological landscapes techniques used in “Mahamewna uyana (Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka) a challenge to the modern era?” at the Gautama Buddha University Research conference 2017 in India. He also presented a research paper on the eco-friendly construction technology of the Mahamewna Parkat the national research conference in Bikshu University Anuradhapura.

Vikas Singh received a Ph.D. from the School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies (SSIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University ( JNU), New Delhi. He received four gold and several silver medals. He has received merit scholarships from Ambedkars Literary Vision USA, Rajasthan Education Board and UGC. He is the Trustee of AMBLINKING Foundation, India; Governing Body Member of Delhi Government funded Delhi Sanskrit Academy. He is currently teaching as Assistant Professor in Department of Sanskrit, Zakir Husain Delhi College (Evening), University of Delhi.

Ida Bagus Putu Suamba received his M.A. (in 2001) from the University of Delhi and Ph.D. (in 2011) from the University of Pune, Maharashtra, India, both in Philosophy. He teaches English in the Politeknik Negeri Bali University and Indian Philosophy in the University of Hindu Indonesia in Bali. He has been since 2012 a part of SFB Project of “Material Culture” of University of Heidelberg, Germany. Dr. Suamba has twenty authored books in Indonesian, a number of research articles and book-reviews in English and Indonesian published in renowned journals, and is currently the editor-in-chief of SOSHUM: Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities published by Politeknik Negeri Bali.

Sangmu Thendup teaches Ancient Indian History to Post Graduate Students at Sikkim University. She is currently working on her PhD thesis entitled, “Environmental Perspectives in Early Buddhism: A Study of the Early texts.Her areas of special interest include religion and ecology, religious environmentalism, Early Buddhism, gender studies, social history and Eastern Himalayas.

Mukesh Kumar Verma holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi on the topic “Bhartiya Darshan ko Bauddha Mat ka Yogdan” under the Supervision of Prof
Bhikshu Satyapala and Dr. T. R. Sharma in 2006. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor, Head I/C, School of Buddhist Philosophy, in Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies India. Dr. Verma has contributed fifteen research papers in National and International journals. He has been a recipient of prestigious Shrimati Kamla Devi Jain Smriti Award (A.Bh.D.P.) for his research work. His areas of interest are Buddhist ethics and epistemology and he has participated in a number of international and national Buddhist conferences.

Rev Ridegama Wanarathana is a lecturer in the Faculty of Buddhist and Pali Studies at Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka, Anuradapura. He is also a visiting lecturer at Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka. His discipline encompasses English language, Buddhist literature, Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Psychology, Early Buddhism, Buddhist Social and Ethical Philosophy, Buddhist Epistemology, Buddhist Psychiatry and Counseling, Buddhist Mediation and research related to Buddhist studies. He has authored eight books on Buddhism and co-authored three books on Buddhist Philosophy. Ven. Ridegama Wanarathana has compiled twenty research articles and presented papers at 32 National and International conferences and conclaves.

Thilini Nilanka  Weerasooriya  is  a  Lecturer  (Probationary) at the English Department of Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka. She received a B.A. in English and currently is pursuing a Masters Degree in Linguistics. Before joining BPU, she worked as a journalist and a Visiting Lecturer at several universities. She has presented papers in a couple of international research conferences and has also published three books under the titles, Exploring the Canon, Striking the Centre, and Modernist Writing and Beyond. Her scholarly interests are Buddhism, gender studies, language teaching and English literature.

Dhanapala Wijesinghe is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. He secured his first degree in sociology and anthropology from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura in 1986 and M. Phil. in sociology and criminology from the same University in 1995. In 1997 he was awarded the Japanese Monbusho Scholarship for

 


research and postgraduate studies at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan and secured a M.A. in social sciences in 2000. He was also awarded a Russian Scholarship in 1986 for Russian language studies. He has written more than seventy books and research articles published nationally and internationally. As an active contributor to international conferences including the UN Vesak Conference, his research papers have been published in Sinhalese, English, Japanese, Russian and Vietnamese languages.

Jeffrey Wilson is a research consultant in the academic field of Buddhist Studies. He graduated with a PhD in 2004 for his thesis, The Relevance of Buddhism to Child-Development Theory.From 2005 to 2010 he was an associate supervisor in the Department of Religious Studies in Sydney University, and as such, has assisted many graduate students and has been involved with six doctoral dissertations, mainly in the field of Studies in Religion. He has worked as editor for the DIRI Journal and for various editions of the Sermons of Phramongkolthepmuni. He has published articles in the SCU Law Journal and online publications and chapters in books such as Great Spiritual Leaders (Barton Books, 2013). His latest research is a study of Narrative Form in the Writing of Meditation Manuals that involves the meditation techniques of traditional Thai Buddhism prior to the mid-nineteenth century.

Ven. Kirama Wimalathissa is a self-motivated Buddhist monk who is capable of accomplishing any undertaking satisfactorily under given circumstances and willing to do team work. He has acquired working experience in different fields to a considerable degree. Having conducted field surveys, researches, he is confident that, they will be a veritable advantage for the performance of various academic tasks in the field of Buddhist Studies and Pāli. His prime objective is to obtain Higher Educational Qualifications (Ph.D.) from a prestigious University in a multi-cultural and multi-religious background and to reach the pinnacle of education becoming a veteran Pāli & Buddhist scholar harnessing acquired skills, knowledge and competencies for the furtherance of Buddhism and related fields.

Po-Wen Yen currently serves as the CEO of the Tzu Chi Charity Foundation. Prior to taking this position in 2017, Mr. Yen was 
CEO of United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), a leading global semiconductormanufacturerandthethird-largestfoundrycompany in the world. In 2003, Mr. Yen received the National Manager Excellence Award from the Chinese Professional Management Association. In 2016, he received the SEMI Sustainable Manufacturing Leadership Award, highlighting his successful efforts in implementing sustainable and green manufacturing at UMC. He received his bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from National Tsing Hua University and his masters in chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University.
 

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