BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS



 

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS




Alphabetically Arranged by Last Name


Prof. Dr. Kapila Abhayawansa is a renowned Buddhist scholar specializing in Pali, Sanskrit, and Buddhist philosophy, Western and Indian Philosophies. Graduated from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka he obtained a Master of Philosophy Degree from Banaras Hindu University, India and the Doctor of Philosophy from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Served as the Head of the Department of Buddhist Culture of the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, he is currently a permanent professor holding the posts of the Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies and the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at the International Buddhist College in Thailand. He has published more than fifteen academic books and numerous research articles in scholarly journals and magazines.

Bhikkhu Prof. Ananda (Dr. Janardan Sardar) works as Professor of Chemistry and Director of Research in Milind College of Science, Aurangabad, India. Ven. Ananda obtained his Doctorate in Biochemistry from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, India. His focus is in the areas of Mind, Matter, Meditation, Buddhism and Quantum Physics as well as biochemistry relating to the higher conscious state of Mind. He has published four books on the Dharma, more than 50 research papers in national and international journals and ten chemistry books for undergraduate students. Ven. Ananda is a member of The World Fellowship of Buddhist, Sri Lanka and the President of Maitreya Education Society, India. He is also currently Director of International Buddhist Meditation Vihara and Research Center, India.
Kazal  Barua  is  from  Chittagong,  Bangladesh.  He  earned  a
 


B.A. (Hons.) in 2010 and an M.A. in 2011 majoring in English Literature from the University of Chittagong. He further completed an M.A. in 2016 in Buddhist Studies at the International Buddhist College, Thailand. He has presented papers at several international conferences and published articles in international journals in Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand on various topics of Buddhism. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Buddhist Philosophy at the International Buddhist College, Thailand.

Ven. Mokesh Barua is a Buddhist monk from Bangladesh currently residing in Thailand (born 1989, Raozan, Chattogram, Bangladesh). He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) at International Buddhist College (IBC),  Thailand  in  2017.  In his bachelors program, he had extensively studied Buddhist psychology, philosophy, theology and neuroscience. He  has also gained exposure to various aspects of Buddhist meditation. Ven. Barua worked as a visiting lecturer at Wat Chantarasuk Community learning center and has published several research articles and publications in journals around the world. His interest and inclination are Buddhist philosophies in general, and sociology and psychology. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Linguistics at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (MCU).

Dr. Devin Bowles is the Executive Director of the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia, the regions representative organization for universities and other institutions, which teach and research public health. He is also a lecturer in the Australian National University Medical School and the President of the Benevolent Organization for Development, Health and Insight (BODHI) Australia. Dr. Bowles completed his Ph.D. at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University. His research is wide-ranging and past publication topics include the role of Buddhism in environmental protection, religious conversion, indigenous health, the socially mediated health effects of climate change, conflict prevention, and prosopagnosia (face-blindness). Dr. Bowles currently sits on the board of the Public Health Association of Australia and is a pas
board member of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. In addition, he has spent nearly a decade working for the Australian government, primarily at an executive level, and has extensive experience in the non-profit sector.

Dr. Christie (Yu-ling) Chang received both her Ph.D. and Master degrees in Linguistics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In August 2001, Dr. Chang returned to Taiwan upon the invitation by CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) to help rejuvenate its study abroad program at National Chengchi University. In addition to serving as CIEE Taipeis Center Director, Dr. Chang also taught Linguistics and translation at National Taiwan University. Meanwhile, Christie has been active in international Buddhist communities. She served as the President of Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women between 2009 and 2013. In December 2017, she was elected as one of the eight presidents for International Buddhist Confederation (IBC).

Sanjoy Barua Chowdhury is a visiting lecturer in Early Buddhism, Seminar in Tipitaka, Theravāda and Mahāyāna Buddhism, Language and Literature at Mahāpajāpati Buddhist College (MBC)- an associated institute of Mahamakut Buddhist University (MBU), Thailand. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Buddhist Studies at International Buddhist Studies College (IBSC), Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (MCU), Thailand. He successfully obtained a Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies (with distinction) from International Buddhist College (IBC) in 2015. He has successfully presented academic research papers at the University of Hamburg in Germany, the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh, International Buddhist College in Malaysia, Mahidol University  and  Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya   University in Thailand. His research interests are in the field of Buddhist Psychology, Atīśās teachings, Secret Pāli and Sanskrit scriptures.

D.M.K. Dharmasiri was born in Sri Lanka and worked as a Probationary Lecturer with the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University Peradeniya Sri Lanka. He is currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Hong Kong. Mr. Dharmasiri holds a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and a Master of Arts Degre
from the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. He was awarded the Bachelor of Arts Degree specializing in Buddhist studies from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Rev. Dr. Dieu Hieu (Bhikkhunī Supetteyyā) achieved B.A. in Buddhist Studies from The Vietnam Buddhist University in 2001. She then joined an International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University, Yangon, Myanmar in 2016 and obtained B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. Her main research area is tranquility and insight meditation according to early Buddhist texts. Currently, she is a lecturer at the Vietnam Buddhist University in Ho Chi Minh City teaching Buddhist Meditation, Pali language, Dhammapada and Pali Literature. She is also holding the deputy director of Theravada Meditation Center affiliated to Vietnam Buddhist Research Institute. She is an abbot of Tuong Quang Temple in HCM city.

Prof. Dr. Do Thu Ha has obtained her M.A. and Post- Doctorate from Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi under - ICCR Fellowship; Ph.D. of Philosophy in Vietnam National University. As a renowned scholar of Indology, she has extensively worked in India and was honoured by Asia Fellows Awards by Asian Scholarship Foundation (ASF) under Ford Foundation Fellowship and Ananda Coomaraswamy Fellowship, Sahitya Academy 2010. She has been a Visiting Professor in Princeton University, Montana University (America); Calcutta University, India; Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; KOICA- Korea; Phnom Penh University, Cambodia and The Institute of Short Term Educations & Sabbaticals, Qom. Iran. She has published several research papers and has been the editor and author of 18 books. Presently, she is serving as Professor in the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Hnin Pwint Han is completing her Ph.D. with Shan State Buddhist University (SSBU), Taungyi in Myanmar. She has been teaching Business English, English for Communication Arts, ASEAN studies, Seminars in ASEAN as a full-time faculty at the Bangkok University, Language Institute and Bangkok University International College (BUIC), since 1996. She is now training for 
community development projects in many places as a freelancer and also a visiting lecturer at the Hotel and Tourism Management Department, National Management Degree College in Myanmar. She has worked as a part-time broadcaster at the Radio Thailand World Service, Japanese animation movie voice-dubbing actress in Myanmar language (Burmese) on project-based with Cartoon Club Thailand and Myanmar National Television (MNTV). She founded the first ever female music band in Myanmar and worked as a lead guitarist, songwriter, singer, and music organizer. Her research interest is development, capacity building, reform in Myanmar, active learning, project-based learning, fun teaching strategy in shaping the youth for mindset changes ethically.

Dr. Wimal Hewamanage joined the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka and in 2001 was awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree with first-class honors, M.A. and M.Phil. In 2011, Dr. Hewamanage was promoted to the position of senior lecturer and traveled to the Peoples Republic of China on a scholarship grant from the Chinese Government Scholarship Council to continue his postgraduate studies. He earned his Doctoral Degree from the Wuhan University in 2016. Currently, he is the member of Senate, Sri Lanka Buddhist and Pali University, Member of Faculty Board, Post-graduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya and Coordinator of Master of Buddhist Studies, University of Colombo. In 2016, he was appointed as the Coordinator of the Post Graduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies and co-editor of the E-journal for the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo.

Prof. R.G.D Jayawardena obtained a B.A. Degree program at the University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka, a Master of Arts Degree and a Ph.D. Degree in Buddhist Studies. He worked as a lecturer in the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies and had been teaching in the field of Buddhist culture, history, Buddhist philosophy, arts, architecture, etc. He has been supervising the international and local postgraduate students since 2000. Currently, Prof. Jayawardena is the Head of the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies in the University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka. He has published several books and articles based on Buddhism. Recently in 2014, he was awarded by the state literary award for his research publication. Also durin
the  academic  period,  Prof.  Jayawardena  has  involved  in  diverse research fields of Buddhist Studies.

Aditi Kumar completed his B.V.A and M.V.A degree from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S University Baroda (Gujarat) in 2012. The area of my specialization was Art History. He completed my MPhil degree from School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University ( JNU), New Delhi in 2015. The research was on Public sculptures, statues and memorials of Jammu region. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. from JNU, in the same department with Visual histories of displacement communities from Pakistan Administered Jammu & Kashmir’ topic.

Prof. Bimalendra Kumar completed his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at the University of Delhi in 1990 and has been teaching for 29 years in various Universities including Delhi University, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan (W.B.), Banaras Hindu University and Varanasi (U.P.). Currently, Prof. Kumar has the role of Professor and the Head of Department of Pali & Buddhist Studies, Faculty of Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (U.P.) and his areas of interest are Pali, Theravada Buddhism, Buddhist Philosophy (Abhidhamma Philosophy) and Tibetan Buddhism. Prof. Kumar has published 12 books and more than 100 articles. He is also the Editor of Mahabodhi and Dharmadoot Journals, published by Mahabodhi Society of India, Kolkata and Sarnath respectively. He has been active in various national and international seminars, workshops and conferences and completed visiting assignments at different Universities. Prof. Kumar has also served as a member of various expert committees constituted by the University Grants Commission of India, National Testing Agency and Government of India. In 2016, he was awarded Viśeṣa Puraskāra on the text Bhesajjamañsā 1-18 Paddhati (Devanagari Edition) by Uttara Pradesh Sanskrit Academy, Lucknow (U.P.).

Deepak Kumar is currently teaching the subject “Decline of Buddhism in Indiato the Postgraduate students in the University of Delhi,andalsoenrolledasM.Phil.researchscholarintheDepartment of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi. In addition, Mr. Kumar has graduated in Science from Hindu College, University of Delhi; and received an M.A. and Diploma in Pali Language and literature from the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi. As a 
qualified JRF (UGC) in the subject Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies the areas of specialization are Buddhist Philosophy, Jainism Philosophy, Buddhist History, Buddhist Archeology and Social Engaged Buddhism. Research papers have been presented at nine national and international seminars/conferences and he is a founder member of a non-profit organization, GUHAR (Global Upliftment of Human Advocacy and Rights).

Dr. Sanjeewa Vijitha Kumara is a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Buddhist Studies at the Colombo University. He obtained his BA (Hon) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura in 2008 and completed a Ph.D. at the same university in 2013. He was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in Buddhist Studies from Buddhist and Pali University and a Master of Arts Degree in Pali from the University of Kelaniya.

Dr. G.K. Ananda Kumaraseri is a career ambassador of over 30 years standing. He retired in 1995 as Director General ASEAN. Since then he has authored over 30 notable books on important subjects such as the cultivation of human values, personal development, holistic education, the sacredness of motherhood, mothercare, holistic parenting, childcare and development and peace. He is a much sought after Dharma Speaker in Malaysia and overseas. His recent treatise on holistic motherhood and parenting is widely used as a practical yet effective training manual for courses on social ills and crimes, such as drug abuse, AIDS, child abuse and gender inequality and on happy married life, the sacredness of motherhood, holistic motherhood, infant learning, comprehensive childcare and holistic education. He is the founder President of the non-profit charitable organization -- Human Development and Peace Foundation. He has carved a niche for himself in espousing the concept of “Living by Buddhism, by emphasizing the practice and practical application of the Buddhas Teachings in daily life. He has many landmark books and his popular Dharma Talks include a wide range of everyday life topics.

Prof. Baidyanath Labh is Vice-Chancellor at Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (NNM) University and is an eminent scholar of Pali and Buddhist Studies. In addition to having a brilliant student academic career, he has contributed academic papers in differen
reputed research journals in both India and abroad. Prof. Labh authored ‘Pañña in Early Buddhism’ independently and has edited nineteen books written in both English and Hindi. He founded the Indian Society for Buddhist Studies (ISBS) in 2000 to provide a common platform for scholars to exchange their research findings on different aspects of Buddhism. To date, 18 annual conferences have been organized by the ISBS. Additionally, since 2015, Prof. Labh has served the cause of Buddhist Studies especially its history, art, architecture and archaeology as a Member of the Indian Council of Historical Research (Govt. of India), New Delhi.

Prof. Amarjiva Lochan grew up in the ancient city of Gaya and holds a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History and Culture, with special reference to Thailand, and teaches history at the University of Delhi. He holds the position of Deputy Dean, Department of International Relations, University of Delhi. Prof Lochan is the President of SSEASR (South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion) which connects all South Asian and Southeast Asian academic institutions and is under the ambit of the IAHR, UNESCO. Prof. Lochan is also a Visiting Professor, School of Asian Studies, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland; Consultative Committee Board Member of International Association of Sanskrit studies, Paris and the Centre for Bharat Studies in Thailand at Mahidol University which was founded by him. Prof. Lochan has worked in all Southeast Asian countries and delivered lectures, keynote addresses and plenary speeches at over 60 universities and institutions in around 45 countries.

Dr. Petcharat Lovichakorntikul has been serving as a full-time faculty at Graduate School, Stamford International University (SIU) in Bangkok since 2017. Before moving to SIU, she was a lecturer and Associate Dean of the School of Management, Shinawatra International University (SIU). She earned her bachelor degree in Business Administration (B.B.A.) in General Marketing from Chulalongkorn University and a bachelor in Liberal Arts (majoring in Thai Language and minoring in Mass Communication) from Ramkhamkhaeng University, both from Thailand. Afterward, she received a Masters degree in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne, CA, U.S.A. Finally, she obtained the 
doctorate degree from SIU. Her dissertation titled, “Buddhist Principles for Human Resource Development of Professionals in the Healthcare Business in Thailand.She has published several journal articles in general management, human resources development, self-development, spiritual development, and other allied areas of economics and social sciences. Furthermore, she is the author of a book chapter entitled, The Virtuous Life of a Thai Buddhist Nun, in Women in Asian Religions, (2017).

Marasinghe Arachchige Radika Sewwandi Marasinghe obtained Bachelor with First Class honors in Buddhist Studies (Buddhist philosophy stream) at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2017. In 2018, she completed Master in Buddhist studies Degree at Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies (PGIPBS), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. She joined SAARC Cultural Center, Sri Lanka and completed one year internship there after three-month internship in the UN. She was a visiting lecturer for external undergraduate students at Buddhist and Pali University, Sri Lanka and currently pursues postgraduate studies at PGIPBS.

Prof. Heinz-Dieter Meyer is a Professor of Education at the State University of New York. As a native of Germany, he teaches and researches the philosophical foundations of mindfulness in education. He is also a long-term practitioner of meditation in the Theravada tradition.

Dr. Thiri Nyunis a lecturer in the Payipatti Faculty of International Theravāda Buddhist Missionary University (ITBMU) Yangon, Myanmar. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree specialized in Chemistry awarded from Yangon University in Myanmar in 1992. Later she received her Ph.D. degree specialized in Vipassanā from ITBMU in 2013. Dr. Nyunt served for the Sāsana as a teacher in ITBMU in 2003. Before joining ITBMU, she started her meditation practice in many meditation centers in Myanmar. After entering the University to study from Diploma up to Ph.D. level, she earnestly studied the Buddhist literature and learned about two types of Theravāda Buddhist meditation: Samatha and Vipassanā in particular. To date, Dr. Nyunt has taught Samatha subject at ITBMU as well as at Pantapwinttaung Buddhist Missionary University, Yangon and presented 11 papers 
in the International seminars and conferences. In her free time, she teaches the Essence of Visuddhimagga and instructs meditating to older residents in her hometown.

Tanushree Pabbi is currently a Ph.D Research Scholar at Delhi University. Her interests of study includes Early Buddhism and Gandhian Philosophy.

Prof. Ravindra Panth is superannuated from his role as the Director/ Vice Chancellor of the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (Deemed University) at Nalanda, Bihar, India where he served from April 2000 through May 2016. At present, he is Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Before joining the Nalanda University, Prof. Panth served as the Director, Vipassana Research Institute for 14 years and devoted himself to Paṭipatti (practice) and Pativedana (experience). He has also been a Member of the Boards of several Universities and Advisor and Executive Member of several International Buddhist Institutions. In 2014, Prof. Panth was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh 2014, in Leh and also awarded the Buddhism Today Award for Leadership Excellence, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in recognition of outstanding leadership and contribution for the development of Buddhism.

Ven. Dr. Polgaswatte Paramananda is a Deputy Editor, Institute of compiling Sinhala Dictionary, Visiting lecturer on Research methodology, Pali and Buddhist Department, University of Sri Jayawardenapura. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Sinhala language and literature) University of Sri Jpura, 1997. He received both Master of Arts, (Sinhala language and literature), University of Kelaniya, 2001 and Master of Education, (Education science), University of Colombo, 2008. In 2013, he also received Doctor of philosophy, (Folkloric Lexicography), University of Huazhong, China.

Rev. Mediyawe Piyarathana is a Senior Lecturer in English. He is working as the Head of Department of Languages under the Faculty of Languages and Cultural Studies at the Bhiksu Universit
of Sri Lanka. He has obtained his MA degree in Linguistics from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. He has completed BA degree with English, Pāli and Sanskrit as the subjects at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. He has written many research articles to many local and foreign academic journals, magazines and done research presentations in National and International conferences. He has presented his research findings in countries like Australia, Philippines, India, Malaysia and Singapore while holding many responsibilities in the University at present. He is an Executive Committee Member of the International Buddhist Confederation based in India. He is the Advisor of Tour GuidesAssociation of Northern Central Province of Sri Lanka.

Prof. Dr. Milada Polisenska is the Deputy to the President and Chief Academic Adviser at the Anglo-American University in Prague. She is a professor of history with a specialization in the contemporary history of Central and Eastern Europe, diplomatic history, nationalism and national identity. She has written many academic publications, including her most well-known book Czechoslovak Diplomacy and the Gulag, 1945-1953” (Central European Press, New York/Budapest 2015). She has worked for the Institute of International Relations (Prague) and the Institute for Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences. She joined AAU in 2003 and has held various administrative positions. Since 2008, she has been serving as Provost of Anglo American University. She has taught as a visiting professor at universities in the United States, Taiwan, and Thailand. She is a member of several academic boards at several universities. She participated in many international conferences as an invited speaker. She participated in VESAK conferences in 2015, 2017 (presenter) and 2018 (delegate).

Prof. Pahalawattage Don Premasiri is Emeritus Professor of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He had been serving in the Department of Philosophy of the University of Peradeniya for 20 years and in the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies for 23 years before his retirement in 2006. He is also a visiting professor of the Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy which obtained the status of a degree awarding institution under the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka
He has also taught courses on Pali language, Western Philosophy, and Comparative Religion. Prof. Premasiri has published nearly twenty-five articles in the Encyclopedia of Buddhism published by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of the Government of Sri Lanka and many research papers relating to Buddhist Ethics, Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Psychology and Comparative Philosophy in reputed journals.

Edi Ramawijaya Putra is currently a lecturer in Sriwjaya State- Based Buddhist College of Tangerang Banten Indonesia. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in applied linguistics and holding a Master Degree in Education and a Bachelor Degree in the same discipline. He has been invited as a panelist, speaker and facilitator in many international conferences for both academic and NGOs purposes. As a member of Indonesian Buddhist Higher Education Forum, he also works collaboratively as a moderator, researcher and reviewer in the areas of Buddhist education, Buddhism and praxis, teachers professional development and Buddhist and social changes. Edi has also been involved in several national Buddhist organizations like Indonesian Buddhist Assembly, Vice President of National Youth Buddhist Generation, The Central Board, Senior researcher in CENAS of Indonesia, an NGO that focuses on Asian context and issues.

Prof. Kanchan Saxena worked as Academic Director in the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi and is a member of Ethics Committee of King George Medical University, Lucknow, U.P. India and Balarampur Govt. Hospital, India. She has specialized in all fields of Ethics (normative, meta ethics and applied ethics) and Indian philosophy (classical and contemporary) and under her supervision, 22 Ph.D. Scholars, 3 Postdoctoral Fellows and 1 Doctorate in Literature students have been awarded degrees. Kanchan Saxena has published three books titled, Concept of Salvation in Hinduism & Christianity, Freewill Controversy and Readings in Applied Ethics in addition to publishing around 60 research papers in renowned national and international Journals and books as a contributor. She has organized more than 50 national
& regional conferences and as an invited speaker has visited U.S.A., London and Sri Lanka.
Dr.  Sarah  Shaw  read  Greek  and  English,  at  Mancheste
University, where she did a doctorate in English literature. After studying Pali and Sanskrit at Oxford University, she started writing and researching on Pali literature, particularly jātakas, texts concerned with meditation, and modern practice. She is a member of Wolfson College and the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford. She is also a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies. Her books include (2006) Jātaka Stories: Birth Stories of the Bodhisattva; co-authored, with Dr. Naomi Appleton and Professor Toshiya Unebe, (2013) Illuminating the Life of the Buddha: An Eighteenth- Century Siamese Chanting Manual, in the Treasures of the Bodleian Library Series, Bodleian Publications, Oxford; and (2015), with Naomi Appleton, The Ten Great Birth Stories of the Buddha: the Mahānipāta of the Jātakatthavaanā (Silkworm Books, Thailand/ University of Washington Press, Seattle). As a frequent visitor to South and Southeast Asia, she lectures and writes on Buddhist subjects.

Dr. Arvind Kumar Singh currently teaches in the capacity of Assistant at School of Buddhist Studies and Civilization, and also Director, International Affairs, Gautam Buddha University, India. He has also worked at the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi for almost six years and written five books on Buddhism and published more than 60 research papers in India and abroad. He has presented his research papers on different aspects of Buddhism in various national and international seminars and conferences including the UNDV Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam (2008 & 2014), UNDV Conference in Bangkok, Thailand from 2009 to 2011 & 2015, in Taiwan in 2011 and Vietnam in 2013 organized by National University of Vietnam. Again, in 2015, he participated in the International Conference on Buddhism in the Mekong Region held by VBRI and VBU in Vietnam. Recently, he was appointed as a Member of Academic Advisory Board of Dhammachai International Research Institute (DIRI), New Zealand and Australia.

Dr. Sue Erica Smith has been a student of the Dharma in the Tibetan tradition for over 40 years. Her academic work traverses Buddhist inspired education, Indigenous Australian education, minority religions in the Asian region and teacher and studen
wellbeing. At the core of her teaching and research is a commitment to equity in education and teacher and student wellbeing. Sue also loves good stories and is currently working on a lively anthology of Jataka stories for adult readers.

Dr. G.A. Somaratne is an Assistant Professor at the Center of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong, and Vice-President of Sri Lanka Buddhist Studies Association. He was a Co-Director of the Dhammachai Tipitaka Project in Thailand; Rector of Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy; Associate Professor in Religion at Miyazaki International College in Japan; Professor & Head of the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; Research Fellow at The Pali Text Society, Oxford. He conducts research on early Buddhist teachings and editing and translating Pali texts.

Bhikkhu Thich Duc Quang was born in Quang Nam, Vietnam and ordained in 2011. He has completed a BA degree in Philosophy from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam and additionally another BA in Buddhist Studies from Vietnam Buddhist University, Vietnam. He has studied for a MA Philosophy at Hindu College, Delhi University and is a teacher in Quang Nam Buddhist School. His focus in the Buddhist field is studying metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. In addition to religious activities, he regularly teaches Buddhist philosophy.

Dr. Kishor Kumar Tripathy is Program Officer, Sahitya Akademi, National Academy of Letters, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. He obtained his Doctoral degree from Utkal University,India.HisfieldsofinterestincludeCross-culturalStudies, Indian Art & Culture, Asian Studies, Heritage Studies and cultural dialogue. Dr. Tripathy has engaged in research, documentation, publication and outreach activities related to Indian Art, Culture, and Area Study Programs include East Asia, South East Asia, Central & West Asia. He has been associated with international projects, i.e. Asian Encounters: Networks of Cultural Interaction, ABIA South and Southeast Asian Art and Archaeological index, Buddhist Transcreations in Tibetan Literature and Art and Cham Art Heritage of Vietnam: Ecological, Cultural and Art Historical Tradition.
 
Prof. J. Abraham Vélez de Cea has been a professor of Buddhism and World Religions at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) since 2006. Before joining EKU, he taught Buddhist Ethics and Buddhist- Christian Mysticism in the department of theology at Georgetown University. He is active in the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies and the Buddhist Critical-Constructive Reflective Group of the American Academy of Religion. He has published four books in Spanish and one in English, The Buddha and Religious Diversity (Routledge, 2013), which discusses the Buddhas attitude towards religious diversity in conversation with Christian theology of religions. He has also published several articles about diverse aspects of Buddhist Ethics, early Buddhist thought, and interreligious dialogue in peer-reviewed journals At present, he is working on a book project about the relationship between Buddhist Ethics and mindfulness meditation.

Ven. Kudakathnoruwe Vineetha is a senior lecturer in Buddhist Philosophy attached to the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. He is a First Class honours graduate in Buddhist Philosophy and was awarded a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and Master of Arts (MA) in Buddhist  Philosophy  Degree  for  his  intensive  research on Buddhist perspective on Disaster Prevention. His research interest in Buddhist studies derives from his longtime experience in teaching and research in Buddhist studies. Further, he  is  an expert at the oriental languages of Pali, Sanskrit and Sinhalese. The current research interest of Ven. Vineetha is on Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism and Engaged Buddhism. Ven. Vineetha has presented research papers related to his academic field in national and International conferences. He has already published several publications in journals, edited volumes and conference proceedings. His career has an extensive reach and  diversity  in terms of teaching, research, supervision and administration.

Jeff Waistell is a Senior Lecturer on a prestigious Global MBA program (ranked 7th globally in the QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2018) at Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford Brookes University, UK. His research areas include Buddhism, mindfulness, ethics, and education. He has published article
in the following journals: Contemporary Buddhism; Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion; Culture and Organization; Organization and Environment; Journal of Business Ethics; Higher Education Research and Development; Philosophy of Management; International Journal of Management Education; Culture and Organization; and the Journal of Organizational Change Management. Jeff has presented papers at several UNDV conferences, including two in Vietnam.
 


 

ABOUT THE EDITORS




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 Vietna
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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