Faculty and Staff at NTI

Dr Sanka Wasalthilake

(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.


email: s.wasalthilake@nantien.edu.au
phone: (02) 4258 0771

Research Interests

  • Pali Tika “Sub-commentarial” literature
  • Pali Manuscript Studies: Editing and translating original Palm Leaf manuscripts written in Pali language
  • Reconstruction of Early Buddhism
  • Buddhist Meditation: Theory and Practice

Current Teaching

At Nan Tien Institute Sanka lectures on Introduction to Buddhism, Mindfulness: Theory and Practice, and Selected Readings of Buddhist Meditation Literature.



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.