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Buddhist Approach to Harmonious Families, Healthcare and Sustainable Societies



Rev. Sangabopura Akhila is an assistant lecturer at University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka and visiting lecturer at Buddhist and Pāli University of Sri Lanka. Additionally, he is working as a Social Worker and professional counselor. Formerly, he worked as an English Teacher in the Piriven (School of Monks) Sector in Sri Lanka. His discipline encompasses Social Work, English language, Buddhist literature, Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Psychology, Early Buddhism, Buddhist Social and Ethical Philosophy, Buddhist Psychiatry, Counseling, Buddhist Meditation and research related to Buddhist studies. He is an author and has compiled research articles on Buddhism for National and International journals and presented papers at 10 National and International conferences.

A. Sarath Ananda received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the National University of Singapore in 2012. Dr. Ananda has around twenty years of continuous service as an academic staff member of the Department of Sociology at University of Peradeniya and Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka from 1999 until now. Previously, he was the former Head of the Department of Social Sciences and the former Director of the Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Community Studies (CIKCS) at Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. His research interest focuses on sociology of entrepreneurship, community health, religious, and ethnic studies. He has published several books, national and international journal articles in both Sinhala and English languages and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the e-journal Akyana (Narrations) published by CIKCS, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka; and also, the Editor of Sabaragamuwa University Journal.

Indu Girish Bhalwar obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Delhi, India, with a specialization in the Mahayana philosophy of Buddhism. Dr. Indu has subsequently completed three mor
post-doctoral projects along with teaching for over 25 years at postgraduate level at the University of Delhi in academic research teaching and research guidance. Dr. Indur has had numerous papers presented at forums of national & international repute. Her other focus areas include Engaged Buddhism & Ambedkarite Buddhism. Dr. Indu is currently serving at the School of Buddhist Studies & Civilization, Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida, India.

Sarath Chandrasekara is Head of the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies and Department of Counseling Psychology in Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA CAMPUS). He also works as Visiting Lecturer in University of Kelaniya and University of Peradeniya. He contributes his service as Senior Psychological Counselor in Kalana Mithuru Counseling Unit in University of Kelaniya. Sri Lanka. A member of the American Psychological Association, he is very popular in Sri Lankan Television as Family Counselor and has conducted many workshops, lectures throughout SrLanka  in  Buddhiscounseling  psychologyanger management, stress management, pre-marriage counseling, family counseling, and Mindfulness meditation. He presented  many research papers in many international conferences and published books related to Buddhist Family therapy, Buddhist soft skills, and Buddhist approaches to Anger management.

Nichaboon Charuprakorn has been an officer and committee of Kuru Meditation Centre, and Dhammasarana Foundation in Thailand since 2003 and 2008, respectively. He has contributed his energy for his meditation masters to propagate Buddhist teachings and practicing for the public. He is interested in a sufficient economic theory and health caring. Consequently, he started a Merit Organic Rice Project. As a researcher, he is interested in the utilization of mindfulness meditation for well-being. He is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies at the College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University.

Neekee Chaturvedi presently serves as Associate Professor, Department of History and Indian culture, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India where she also served as the Deputy Director, Centre for Museology and Conservation from 2015-2017. She completed two research projects - Buddhist Meditation: Classical and Modern 
Interpretation and Engaging Bishnoi Community for Cultural Tourism in Rajasthan. Her on-going ICSSR sponsored research project as co-director explores Himalayan Buddhism in Spiti Valley. She has authored A Historical and Cultural Study of the Sutta Nipata (2012) and Cultural Tourism and Bishnois of Rajasthan (2018), and has co-authored a textbook on ancient Indian history for University courses (2014). She is the recipient of the prestigious Research Grant 2014-15 of SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo.

Kavita Chauhan received her M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi, with a thesis entitled, A Historical Analysis of the Position of Women in Ancient Indian Buddhism (Based on the Pāli Piṭaka Literature and up to 6th Century BC). After completing her Ph.D., she started to work with Savitri Bai Phule Balika Inter College in the capacity of Lecturer of History and later shifted to Greater Valley School as PGT History and Political Science in October 2017 and working there since then. She has also presented her research papers on various aspects of Buddhism from time to time at national and international conferences in India.

Chin Yi Chun is currently a first year Ph.D. student at the University of Malaya, and her Ph.D. research focuses on the history and current issues of the Malaysian Buddhist Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Sciences (Honors) from the University Science Malaysia, with a major in Chemistry and minor in Psychology and graduated with a Diploma in Buddhist Studies from the Malaysian Buddhist Institute in 2014. After that, she obtained a Master of Buddhist Studies degree and a Master of Arts from the University of Hong Kong and Nan Tien Institute respectively. Chin Yi Chun became a Buddhist nun with the teacher, Venerable Ji Zun in Penang in 2009. In 2011, she attained the higher ordination from Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Taiwan.

Sunita Devi is pursuing a Ph.D. from Panjab University, Chandigarh in India, with a research on Buddhist culture in tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh (India). She has qualified UGC-NET (National Eligibility Test) in 2014 and got selected for UGC- National Fellowship for Higher Education of ST in 2016. Her interest in Buddhism began after college when she joined the 
Jamyang Choling nunnery. She graduated with a degree in Arts from Himachal Pradesh (India) and a Masters in Buddhist studies from the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi (India).

Daya Dissanayake is a bilingual Sri Lankan novelist, poet and writer who studied in history and religion. He was awarded the SAARC Literary Award 2013 and the Sri Lanka State Literary Award three times in 1998, 2007 & 2013 for the Best English Novel, and the Swarna Pusthaka award for the Best Sinhala Novel. Mr. Dissanayake has published 11 novels in English and 6 novels in Sinhala, translated two Sinhala books to English, published the First Asian e-novel in English and the First Sinhala e-novel, and completed a critical study on the emperor Ashoka. Over the past 6 years, he has presented 32 papers at International conferences on themes of history, religion, environment and literature. Mr. Dissanayake is a former coordinator for the Foundation of SAARC writers and Literature (FOSWAL) in Sri Lanka.

Doan Vu Thi Huong became a nun in 1992 and her ordained name is Thich Nu Minh Hoa at Linh Bửu Pagoda, Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province. In 2015, she graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Buddhist Studies. She also achieved a M.A. in Education Management in 2017. Currently, she is researching in Psychology at Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Phramaha Boonchuay Doojai graduated third Grade of Pali study and received Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from the University of Delhi, India. Among his many roles, he was a vice rector of Mahachulalongkorn-rajavidyalaya University (MCU), Chiang Mai Campus, and is a senior lecturer at Graduate School Center. For decades, Dr. Phramaha Boonchuay Doojai has been a leading interfaith activist in Thailand and abroad and is the Chairperson, Asian Interfaith Network on HIV/AIDS (AINA) and Thai Interfaith Foundation for Social Development (TIFSD). He is also involved in Peace Building in the troubled southern part of Thailand and other parts of the country. In Sangha health promotion process, he was Vice-Chair of Drafting Committee and member of National Committee for Driving of the National Sangha Health Charter.

Jyoti  Gaur  is  an  established  academician,  working  as  a
Associate Professor in Samrat Ashok Subharti School of Buddhist Studies, Meerut, India. She has an experience of 17 years of teaching in Higher Studies in various colleges and universities in India. Her main interest of academics is Psychology, English and Research Methodology. At present, her focus is on research in Buddhist Psychology, associating Psychology to Buddhism and gathering scientific data for Buddhist practices.

Zhong Haoqin received a M.S. in science and engineering from Tsinghua University, an M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Hong Kong and is currently a Ph.D. student at the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong.

H. M. Mahindra Herath had served the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies for four years as a Temporary Lecturer, and currently works as a Senior Lecturer, in the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Peradeniya. He has held multiple roles at a range of organizations including Secretary of Board of Studies (Religion), Post-graduate Institute of Humanities and Social Science, University of Peradeniya; an Academic Coordinator and Deputy Director of the Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy for two years; and editor of the Peradeniya University International Research Session 2015. He has published 45 Research articles in respected journals and edited many academic journals, as well as presenting 32 research articles in local and International Conferences in the areas of Pali language, Early Buddhism, Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Psychology, Buddhist culture and literature.

Ho Thi Thi Hang (aka. Quang Hang) has practiced in the Theravada tradition since 2011 and trained at Buu Quang Temple in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She has been traveling for meditation courses in Burma, Australia and Sri Lanka and is now a graduate student associated with the Department of Health at Nan Tien Institute (NTI), New South Wales, Australia (2016-2019). Postgraduate courses at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJP) in Sri Lanka are also being completed.

Hoang Minh Phu received a Master of Psychology from Delhi University, India in 2009. He has experience as an editor at Mani Media Company, from 2010 to 2014 and is the founder and 
manager of Tam Anh Media and Education. He currently teaches at Ho Chi Minh University of Technology, Institute of Educational managers Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam Buddhist University in Ho Chi Minh and has written two books and many published articles in Vietnam. Among them, is a well-known book entitled “Dharma and Psychotherapy(In Vietnamese: Pht pháp và Tâm lý tr liu). Hoang Minh Phu researches social psychology, Buddhist psychology and has a focus on autistic children and the experiences of parents while nurturing and educating children with autism.

Huynh Thi Kim Hong became a nun in 2000 at Ngoc Thanh Vihara in Gia Lai Province, Pleiku city. She completed her education with a major in history at Ho Chi Minh City University of Education, Vietnam. In 2011, she studied a post-graduate degree in “Buddhist Studiesfrom Delhi, India and in 2012 also completed one-year certificate Pali course in Pune, India. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Pune University, Maharashtra, India and her research project is on Anthropology of Buddhism.

Asep Yusup Indaviriyo entered the Sangha Theravada Indonesia (STI) as a novice monk. As a thinker, the most important thing for him is to analyse the Buddhas teaching in various perspectives from Buddhist schools and its application in modern times. With the generosity of Indonesian Buddhist people through STI, he is now going to continue his studies in the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

Ramesha Dulani Jayaneththi is a Sri Lankan lecturer and a historian at the Department of History, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. She is an expert of the Buddhist History and the Buddhas Dhamma. Currently, she is in Germany, pursuing a Ph.D. degree at the Ruhr University of Bochum, with a research on the Development of Buddhist Discourse in Sri Lanka and its impact on the History Writing. Her research fields are the Buddhist Temple Land Tenure System, Buddhist identity among the Sri Lankans, Historiography and Buddhism. She also served as a visiting lecturer at the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka and the University of Sabaragamuwa.

M.W.JayasundaraisalecturerintheDepartmentofCriminology and Criminal Justice, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. In addition to his teaching and research, he has worked as the Proctor of the 
university for five years and as the Director welfare for two years. Furthermore, he has been working in the Department of Police and the Prisons as a resource person. Presently, he is involved in community development activities in his area and helping the poor to alleviate their problems.

Jyothi Kakumanu is a medical doctor and a neuroscientist with researchinterestsinintegrationofmodernmedicinewithMindfulness Meditation and Buddhist teachings. She was awarded Ph.D. for her thesis on the neuroscientific aspects of Vipassana Meditation and its relation to inner human wellbeing. She underwent extensive training in the theory and practice of Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka. She is keen on complementing modern medical health with clinical modules developed from Buddhist principles. She is interested in exploring mind-matter and consciousness concepts of Abhidhammadoctrine and mapping them to neuroscientific and modern medical systems. She is presently based in USA and has presented several scientific talks on Mindfulness Meditation, Neuroscience, Cognition and Consciousness in Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka & India.

Tilak Kariyawasam obtained Ph.D. from the University of Lancaster, U.K. and was subsequently appointed to the University of Kelaniya 1975 as Head of the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies. He obtained a Commonwealth Fellowship to the University of Lancaster and was later appointed as a Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies at the University of Kelaniya. He was later appointed as a Senior Professor of Buddhist Studies and Chair. He received a 40 years of University Service award on the 01st January 2008 and obtained the Conferment of the Title “Professor Emeritus,University of Kelaniya in 2012. He currently serves as a Professor of Buddhist Studies and the Dean of the Graduate School, International Buddhist College, Thailand since 2009.

Dunusinghe K. M. K. Karunasagara is a lecturer in Buddhist Studies at Sri Lanka International  Buddhist  Academy  –  SIBA. She has obtained Master of Arts degree in Buddhist Studies from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (MCU), Thailand. Currently  she  is  attending  for  Master  of  Philosophy  degree  in 
Buddhist Studies at University of Peradeniya. She has participated and presented research papers in number of international conferences. Her research interests include Buddhist Environmental Philosophy, Buddhist Social Philosophy, Gender Studies, Buddhist Economics and Comparative Religious Studies.

Venerable Manakada Kemananda earned his degrees of Royal Pundit and Bachelor of Art from the Oriental Language Society and University of Peradeniya respectively and MA for Sanskrit from Pali and Buddhist University. In addition, he earned MA and PhD for Pali and Buddhist Studies from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University Bangkok, Thailand. Further, he has studied meditation practices, Mahayana as well as Vajrayana as parts of relevant degrees. He has published few books and presented few papers in international conferences. Currently he is teaching as a lecturer in the University of East, Los Angeles in California, USA.

Rev. Fuminobu Komura is a Japanese scholar and had been working in Japan and internationally as an engineer and a manager at a large multinational manufacturing company for over thirty years before starting to study Buddhism at Musashino University in Tokyo, Japan in 2007. In 2010, he retired from the company and enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Naropa University in Colorado. Upon graduation, he started training chaplaincy at multiple hospitals in the U.S. He was ordained as a Tendai Buddhist monk in 2013. He has made presentations on Buddhist chaplaincy based on his personal experience and insight at multiple conferences in the U.S., Japan and Thailand. Rev. Komura wrote an article in the Japanese Journal of Palliative Care on his experiences as a chaplain.

Ujjwal Kumar received a M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. from the University of Pune, Pune in Pali. He started his academic career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pali, University of Pune, where he served from 2006 to 2016. Since 2016, Dr. Kumar is working as an Associate Professor at the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Calcutta, Kolkata. Dr. Kumars area of interest covers the textual study of Pali texts, Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist philosophy, Early Buddhist history. His articles have been published in  many  referred  and  reputed  journals  like  Buddhist  Studie
Review, London; Journal of Buddhist Studies, Hong Kong; Journal of Asiatic Society, Kolkata; Mahabodhi, Kolkata. Presently, Dr. Kumar is Head of the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India.

Dr. Anjali Kurane is a professor in the Department of Anthropology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. She is a Socio-Cultural anthropologist and has completed a specialization in Urban & Development anthropology. Her areas of special interest in teaching and research include Urban, Rural, Tribal and Womens Development, Ethnicity, Social mobility, Social-cultural change and exclusion, Urbanization and Migration. Dr. Kurane conducts extensive field research among the isolated tribal and rural groups as well as communities in the urban settings. She has published six books and several articles in international & national journals. At present, she is a member of editorial and advisory board of Four International journals. Dr Anjali Kurane has worked as a visiting Professor to Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK. and to Ghent University, Belgium.

Ven.PolgolleKusaladhammareceivedPhDinBuddhistStudies from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Thailand, and Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy, Sri Lanka in 2017. He is currently working for Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy in Sri Lanka as Senior Lecturer and as coordinator of Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies. Ven. Kusaladhamma is nominated as Sangha Nayaka (Leading Chief Monk of the sect) of Dumbara Secretary Divisions by Mahanayaka Thera of Buddhasasanodaya Sangha Committee of Amarapura Nikaya. Due to the interest of spreading Buddhism, he established Sunday Dhamma School and became principal. As a religious service, he builds new Buddhist monastery in Pallakale.

Kyoung-Hee Lee is a Director at Dhamma Clinic for Psychosomatic Therapy. In 2003, she received Ph.D. of Sociology of Education, Ewha Womans University, Korea. She completed her Ph.D. on Buddhism, PGIPBS University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka in 2016. She has many years of professional experiences at Ewha Woman University, Korean Educational Development Institute and International Safety New for All Foundation.

Swe Swe Mon obtained her B.A (Buddha Dhamma) from International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University (ITBMU), Yangon and  M.A  (Buddhist  Studies)  specializing in Buddhist Philosophy from International Buddhist College, Thailand. Since then, she worked and volunteered in some research projects related to Mediation and Myanmar Buddhist History. As an independent researcher, she published articles and participated in conferences. In 2018, she translated one Buddhist Psychology book into Burmese. Her research interests are basically in Pāli Language and Literature, Buddhist Philosophy, Pāli-based Mediation and Buddhist Psychology. At present, she is a lecturer at Sakyadta Buddhist College, Yangon, Myanmar while herself is practising Vipassanā Mediation in Mahāsī tradition.

Rev. Pepilivawala Narada Thera completed his Master of Arts degree at University of Kelaniya and continuing his Master of Philosophy degree at University of Colombo. Rev. Narada Thera was awarded many times in his student carrier and obtained the Royal Pandith degree. In addition, he has written and published several books, articles and research papers for the upliftment of Buddhist Philosophy. At present he serves as an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Similarly, He is a Visiting Lecturer in the Diploma and Higher Diploma Course in Pali and Buddhist Studies
-foreign students- conducted by the same department.

Nguyen Trinh Thi Ai Lien was born in 1985 in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. After finishing high school at Nguyen Thi Minh Khai college, she went to France for 6 years to obtain a B.A. of MASS (Mathematiques Appliquees aux Sciences Sociales). She came back to Vietnam in 2009 and became nun in 2011 in taking a Sangha name: Lien Kinh, under the teaching of Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Hieu Lien in Ngoc Chanh vihara, Daklak. Her instructor allowed her to participate the entrance exam of ITBMU – International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University, Yangon, Myanmar from 2013. Now, she is a MA (III) student of Patipatti department, Vipassana major.

W.M. Gayathri Panampitiya is an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. She received Master of Social Sciences (MSSc) degree in Sociolog
from the University of Kelaniya with the Merit Pass in 2018. She has involved in many collaborative research projects with the Centre for Gender Studies, University of Kelaniya. She is an author and co- author of many research papers in international refereed journals and national and international research conferences. Her research interests cover several aspects of Sociology, specifically Gender, Community Development, Indigenous Knowledge on traditions and Cultural Rituals and Political Sociology.

Pannyavara is a Burmese Buddhist monk and a Doctoral Candidate of Gautam Buddha University in India. After passing his
M.A. & M. Phil. from Gautam Buddha University, he is participating in a meditative field studies at Mingun-Bodhipakkhiya Forest Meditation Centre and International Pa Auk Tawya Meditation Centre (main) in Myanmar. Presently, he is mainly engaged with the contemplation of Dhatumanasikara and is also working on his research Chadhatu Vipassana: An Analysis of Its Impact on Buddhist Practitioners of Myanmar.

Ven. Dampahala Rahula is a lecturer in the Department of Religious studies and Comparative Philosophy at the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka. After completing a first-class honours degree from the University of Peradeniya, he acquired a Masters Degree in Buddhist Studies from Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka. In addition to the University of Peradeniya, he has studied at University of Colombo, University of Kelaniya, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka and Nagananda International Buddhist Institute in Sri Lanka. Ven. Rahula has presented classical research papers at National and International conferences and conclaves. He is a social worker and researcher of religious studies who dedicates his time, wealth, and labour for the benefit of the society.

Rev. John M. Scorsine was ordained as a Buddhist Minister in 2009 through the International Order of Buddhist Ministers and the Los Angeles Buddhist Union. Rev. Scorsine holds a Master of Art degree from the University of Sunderland (UK) in Buddhist Studies. He also holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the owner of Kanthaka Group, a law firm and consulting business; founder of 
the Kanthaka Dharma Center and Animal Rescue; and, a dedicated first responder. He is a certified firefighter, emergency manager and paramedic. He frequently lectures on the confluence of law, disaster/humanitarian relief, and ethics; emphasizing an approach rooted in Buddhist thought and practice.

Padmasiri De Silva is the professor in Faculty of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Australia. His academic qualification received a Ph.D. in East-West Comparative Philosophy (Hawaii). His academic positions: Professor & Head, Philosophy & Psychology Dept. University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1980-89); Visiting Fulbright Professor, University of Pittsburgh and ISLE Program, USA; Senior Teaching Fellow, NUS Singapore; Visiting Lecturer, University of Waikato, New Zealand.; Coordinator IRC ‘Environmental Education Program” in Singapore, and nominated for the Greenleaf Award; currently, Adjunct Research Associate, Monash University. Awards: Best East-West Centre Student, Hawaii; UNESCO Grant for Environmental Ethics; Asia Foundation Award for Research & Fulbright Award for Teaching.

Anand Pratap Singh joined Gautam Buddha University (Greater Noida, India) in 2009 in the faculty position in the Department of Psychology & Mental Health, School of Humanities
& Social Sciences. Before taking this position, Dr. Singh served as an instructor at the Department of Psychiatry, King George Medical University, Lucknow University, Apollo Hospitals, University of Delhi, and Amity University, Noida. In light of his sincerity, dedication and hard work towards clinical practice, teaching, research and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Singh has been entrusted with various responsibilities by many organizations.

PatarapornSirikanchana is a long-time professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. Having received the Harvard - Yenching scholarship and graduated with a Ph.D. Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A., she  has  written  many  articles  and  books in both Thai and English, including an academic contribution to Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and  Practices,  published  in  U.S.A.  She  is  also  a  prize-winne
of the Chamnong Tongprasert Foundation award for the Best Contribution of Work in Philosophy in 2009. Presently, in addition to being a professor at Thammasat University, she is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Thailand, Vice-Rector of the World Buddhist University and is a member of many academic committees at Thammasat University and other academic institutions.

Thalpe Ge Indika Piyadarshani Somaratne is a visiting lecturer in Buddhist Studies, at Postgraduate Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Peradeniya. She has been worked as temporary lecturer and visiting lecturer at the same University and visiting lecturer at Sri Lanka University of Sabaragamuwa. Now, she is a Ph.D. candidate at University of Peradeniy. She has completed her M.Phil. in Buddhist Studies and diploma in education. She has obtained her B.A. degree in same discipline at the same University. She has published many research articles to many local journals and done research presentations in national and International conferences. Her special interest is on practical Buddhism. Currently, Ms. Somaratne is a volunteer counselor of Sahanawhich is an Association for Disabled in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Ven. Priya Rakkhit Sraman is a Theravada monk from Chittagong, Bangladesh. He is currently serving as the Buddhist Chaplain at Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA. As the Buddhist Chaplain he serves the Tufts community in understanding and applying Buddhist teachings and practices. He has earned a Master of Divinity degree focusing on Buddhism from Harvard Divinity School, a Master of Buddhist Studies from the University of Hong Kong, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Buddhist Studies from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Thailand. He started the academic study of Buddhism, Pali and Sanskrit in Sri Lanka where he lived for six years before going to Thailand. He is interested in the pursuing the manifold application of Buddhist practices and teachings to address modern issues of individual suffering and social injustices such as gender discrimination, hierarchy, inequality.

Ven. Sunanda completed his Masters Degree in Three Traditions in Buddhism Theravāda, Mahāyāna and Tantrayāna at International Buddhist College in Thailand. He has worked as a 
Government Teacher for Pāli and Sanskrit languages, Buddhism and Mass Communication in Sri Lanka more than 20 years. He graduated in 2017 as a Certified Professional Coach by following the ICF-ACTP Certified Professional Coach Program conducted by Co-operate Coach Academy in Malaysia under HELP University. Currently, Ven. Sunanda resides at the Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is studying for his 3rd Masters Degree in Applied Psychology at HELP University and has been working as a Lecturer in Pāli Language Buddhist and Pāli University Institute at Buddhist Mahā Vihāra at Kuala Lumpur. He has contributed with many research articles to various international conferences and composed several books

Julia Surya is a lecturer at Smaratungga Buddhist College, Boyolali-Indonesia, and one of the members of research and development Division of Sangha Agung Indonesia. She is a Ph.D. candidate at University of Kelaniya-Sri Lanka. She achieved the silver medal for “Best Performance Award: Postgraduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies 2012 University of Kelaniya-Sri Lanka and the gold medal for “Best Performance Award: Master of Art Degree in Buddhist Studies 2013 University of Kelaniya-Sri Lanka.She has experience as an international presenter at International Academic Seminar on ASEAN Bhikkhunis 2015-Thailand, 1st ASEAN Buddhist Conference 2016 Thailand and 2nd ICIREB 2018 – Salatiga  (Indonesia).

Rev. Embilipitiye Suseela Thera is a young scholar who is currently completing a Buddhist Philosophy (special degree in English medium) at University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Rev. Suseela Thera has received many awards in his student career and obtained the Royal Pandith degree (equivalent to the B.A. Degree). Other studies include Final Examination of Pracheena, Oriental Studies Society of Sri Lanka, University Grants Commission (UGC) and Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka. In addition, Rev. Suseela Thera has written and published several articles and research papers for the upliftment of Buddhist Philosophy.

Lisa Tanaya graduated Bachelor Special Degree of Art (Philosophy)(Hons) in Buddhism and Pali, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka in 2016. After that, she took one year to study Buddhis
Psychiatry and Ayurvedic Counselling Postgraduate Diploma Degree at Nagananda International Buddhist University, Sri Lanka. Until now, she is on the way to finish a 2-year Degree Master of Philosophy, Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

Thich Nu Hang Lien graduated M.A. Degree in Buddhist Studies (1996), Ph.D. of Buddhist Studies (2001), Ph.D. of Philosophy Dept. (2006). At the present, she is the Abbess of Hong Trung Son Nunnery (Nam Cat Tien commune, Tan Phu district, Dong Nai province). Since returning to serve the Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam (2007), she has been responsible for the following roles: Head of Preacher of Tan Phu Buddhist Committee, Member of the Board of Management of Dong Nai Province, Lecturer of the Buddhist Academy. In addition, she also teaches Vipassana meditation courses, helping many people understand to practice of the Dhamma.

Ram Kalap Tiwari is Associate Professor, Department of psychology, K.S. Saket P.G. College Ayodhya, Faizabad (U.P.) India. He has published 30 research papers and four books. He has completed two minor research projects funded by UGC and one major research project funded by NCERT, New Delhi. He has attended 25 conferences/seminars, three international conferences and three refresher courses. He has delivered radio Talks on different topics at Aakash Vani Kendra, Faizabad. He is member of four Academic Societies/ Associations.

Sumedha Viraj Sripathi Ukwatta is finishing his Master of PhilosophyinBuddhistStudiesatUniversityofPeradeniyaSriLanka and holds a Bachelor of Arts Honor degree in Buddhist Studies at the same university. Sumedha Viraj has about 10 publications: Universal Ethics of Information Technology, Emptiness of Matter, Buddhist Counselling for Bullied Children, Spoken Strategies and Dhamma Preaching in English, Central Concept of Buddhist Economy, Central Concept of Buddhist Economy, Practical application of practice of Five Precepts, Practical application of practice of Five Precepts, The pirith chanting from the perspective of modern science, including two books: Sunyatawada (Emptiness)” and “Buddhist Studies (Collected papers). He has conducted some invited lectures in the Bhikshu University, Sri Lanka. His main 
interest is Buddhist Philosophy and Buddhist Psychology.

Arun Kumar Yadav is Assistant Professor at Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda, India). Dr. Yadav held a Masters degree from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and also completed his Ph.D. from BHU. He was also awarded an Indo-China fellowship to study Chinese Language in 2011. In 2015, the Indian Council of Social Science Research and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences jointly granted him approval for research into the area of comparative studies on Buddhism in Beijing. Dr. Yadav worked in Taiwan for a short period as a visiting scholar at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Taipei, Taiwan and is currently working on a major project in China, sponsored and funded by the Chinese National Social Sciences Fund. Dr. Yadavs area of interest is Theravada Buddhism as well as comparative studies of Chinese and Theravada Buddhism and he has presented several research papers in International Conferences and delivered several lectures at various universities.

Ven. Ayagama Siri Yasassi received his ordination in 1994 and higher ordination in 2004 in Sri Lanka and has been teaching Sanskrit language for 8 years. Formerly, Ven. Yasassi was a temporary lecturer of University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka and in 2008 finished his bachelors degree as a Sinhala and English lecturer in University of Kelaniya and Malaysian Buddhist Academy. Currently, he is staying in Malaysia to teach Malaysian Buddhists in Pali and Buddhist Institute and is also the founder of Dharma-Vijaya Buddhist Association and director of Dharma-Vijaya Institute of Buddhists.


Most Ven. Dr. Thich Duc Thien obtained his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Delhi University in 2005, currently is Vice President- Secretary General of Executive Council of National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS); Vice Chairman of  Vietnam – India Friendship Association; Head of the Department of International Buddhist Affairs of VBS; Vice Rector of Vietnam Buddhist University in Hanoi; and Senior Lecturer of Vietnam National University, Hanoi (Tran Nhan Tong Academic Institute).

He served as Secretary General of the 2014 United Nations Day of Vesak in Vietnam and continues to hold a major role in UNDV 2019. He has published, edited, and translated many books in Buddhist studies and history. He has received many prestigious recognitions from the Government of Vietnam (the Third-Class Labor Order), from the Royalty of Cambodia (the General Order), and from the Government of India (the Padma Shri Order).

Most Ven. Dr. Thich Nhat Tu obtained his D.Phil., in Philosophy from Allahabad in 2002, is the Founder of Buddhism Today Foundation since 2000. He made valuable contribution as an editorial member of Hue Quang Encyclopedia of Buddhism (9 volumes, 1992-2007). He is editor-in-chief of the first ever audio Vietnamese Tripitaka, of the ongoing Vietnamese Tripitaka Translation project and Buddhism Today Series (over 250 books), as well as editor of more than two 200 CD albums on Buddhist music. He has authored more than 80 Vietnamese books on applied Buddhism. He has traveled extensively around the world to give public Dharma talks to Vietnamese communities in Vietnam, Canada, America, Australia, and Europe and has produced over 4,000 VCDs on various dharma topics.

Master Thich Nhat Tu now serves as Vice Rector of the Vietnam Buddhist University and Vice Chairman of the National Department of International Buddhist Affairs. Several universities conferred upon him the title of Doctor Honoris Causa in appreciation of 
his excellent contributions to  Buddhist  education,  his  works on Buddhist academic research and leadership in international Buddhist communities. He has received many recognitions, awards, and titles from the Government of Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia.

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