PhD (South Asian Studies) Australian National University
Lecturer - Buddhist Studies, NTI
Royce Wiles is a specialist international educator, researcher and bibliographer. He is at the core of NTI’s academic team as a full-time lecturer and researcher.
He has 30 years of experience in Asian Studies; South Asian Languages (Hindi, Sanskrit, Prakrits, including Pali); Buddhist meditation; lecturing and tutoring; researching management and course development.
Royce also has extensive experience ranging from specialist historical research; teaching and lecturing; international development; and experience in post-conflict development work; as well as the management of specialist libraries and research programmes.
During his appointment with the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), in Kabul Afghanistan, Royce worked with Kabul University, the National Museum of Afganistan, the National Archives of Afghanistan and other agencies attempting to salvage and rebuild the region’s tertiary education system.
Some of Dr Wiles’ other interesting international professional and academic experience includes:
- Gaining access to rare medieval palm leaf manuscripts held privately in Jaisalmer, India;
- Initiating and managing a research project funded by the United States Insitute of Peace (USIP) on current land issues as they relate to peace-making in Afghanistan;
- Delivering training courses and lectures to Nai journalists and Stanford Law students working in Afghanistan; and
- Providing field work guidance for international PhD scholars and academic advice to Afghan thesis students.
- Lecturer, Buddhist Studies, Nan Tien Institute, Wollongong
Research Fields and Current Interests
- Examination of the Pārājikā sections of the Vinaya in the Burmese “Fifth Council” text
- Textual history of Buddhist “scriptures” (especially in Pali)
- Background and history of mettā (loving kindness) teachings
- Nature of text transmission in the Pali canon
- Jaina canon research
- Jaina bibliography