(PhD in Buddhist Studies, The University of Queensland (UQ), St Lucia, BA Hons Buddhist Studies, The University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)
Lecturer in Applied Buddhist Studies
Dr Sanka Wasalthilake (PhD), is a lecturer in Applied Buddhist Studies at the Nan Tien Institute, Wollongong. Prior to the current position he was a part-time lecturer in Buddhism and Pali Language (2014-19) at the University of Queensland (UQ) St Lucia, Brisbane and a visiting lecturer to the Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA), Pallekele, Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Sanka has over 30 years of experience as a Buddhist practitioner in Theravada tradition and he has been lecturing, tutoring and developing courses in Buddhist Studies, Pali Language and Buddhist Meditation at a tertiary educational level.
Over the last two decades Sanka was invited to teach Buddhism and conducted meditation retreats around the world in various community settings.
In the classroom Sanka uses humanistic approach where he emphasises the importance of Buddhist practice and the pragmatic application of the Buddha’s teachings. Sanka is also an expert in South Asian languages; Pali, Sanskrit, Prakrit and Sinhala.