Faculty and Staff
Welcome to Nan Tien Institute (NTI), Australia’s first Higher Education Provider with courses grounded in Buddhist wisdom and values. NTI is the place for quality education and cultural exchange. Read more about our academic staff below:
PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Medicine by Research (Peking University), Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies (Nan Tien Institute), BA (Medicine, Shandong University), Cert IV (Training and Assessment, The University of Queensland). An academic researcher in health with experience in international research development, Professor Janet Xiang-Yu Hou has wide-ranging teaching experience in universities, in both Australia and China.
Head of Program (Humanistic Buddhism)
Acting Head of Program (Applied Buddhist Studies)
Director (Humanistic Buddhism Centre)
PhD (Religious Studies) University of the West, USA, MA (Buddhist Studies) Tsung-Lin Buddhist College, Taiwan, MBA (Cranfield University) Bedford, UK, MS (Computer Science and Engineering) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, BS with highest distinction (Computer Science and Engineering), Honors in Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
Head of Health and Senior Lecturer
Head of Program and Associate Professor
(Applied Buddhist Studies)
PhD (Studies in Religion, University of Queensland), BA Hons (Linguistics, University of Ljubljana). Tamara Ditrich’s disciplinary background is in Buddhist Studies, Sanskrit language and Vedic philology. She has had over thirty years of teaching and research experiences at various universities in the EU and Australia. Her current research interests are primarily in Theraveda Buddhism and Vedic philology.
Lecturer in Health and Social Wellbeing
PhD (University of Adelaide), BA (Hons) (University of Adelaide), LLB (Hons) (University of Adelaide). Dr Levy holds a PhD in sociology and Honours degrees in both law and gender studies. Her research investigates women’s lived experience across a range of social sites, including health, therapeutic landscapes and spiritual movements. Her PhD examined the themes of belonging, emotions and social connection in the context of Intentional Communities in late modern society.
Lecturer and Researcher in Buddhism
PhD (Philosophy & Religious Studies), Monash University; MA (Hons), Western Sydney University
Iain Sinclair studies the art and culture of Hindu-Buddhist civilisation using primary sources in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese and vernacular languages. Between 2018 and 2020 he was a Visiting Fellow at Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore, and a Käte Hamburger Kolleg Fellow at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.
Martin Kovacic (aka Martin Kovan) graduated with a PhD. (Philosophy) at Melbourne University in 2020, with a thesis in Buddhist and cross-cultural ethics and philosophy. Some of this research was commissioned as a chapter on the theme of Buddhism, suicide and Tibetan Buddhist self-immolation for the Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Ethics (OUP, 2018).
Graduated in Medicine with honors from Sydney University in 1976. During his long university summer holidays, he spent many months over several years visiting Buddhist historical and contemporary sites of significance in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, whilst also inspecting medical institutions and frequently encountering recent or current warfare.
Emeritus Professor Lewis Lancaster is one of the most renown Buddhist Studies scholars in the world. His academic and professional qualifications are extensive and have largely revolved around theology and linguistics. He graduated with a B.A. from Roanoke College, Virginia, completed his M. Th. at the University of Southern California in 1958 and in 1968 he attained his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin.
Venerable Miao Guang is the Personal English Interpreter of Venerable Master Hsing Yun. She also serves as the English Secretary at Fo Guang Shan Founding Master’s Office. She graduated with a Bachelor degree from the Department of Asian Studies, University of New South Wales and went on to complete her Master in Buddhist Studies at Fo Guang University.
Meg Hart is a cross-cultural leadership coach and organisational consultant. She has an academic background in Organizational and Coaching Psychology, practical business knowhow running manufacturing and consultancy companies and wide experience in Australia and Asia delivering action learning programs on leadership, ethics and cultural intelligence.
ABOUT NAN TIEN INSTITUTE
Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering studies in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing, within an environment that incorporates contemplative education.
NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism, and Mental Health as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.