Venerable Dr Juewei is Head of Program for Humanistic Buddhism, Director of the Humanistic Buddhism Centre, and Lecturer of Applied Buddhist Studies at Nan Tien Institute in Australia. She teaches subjects related to Humanistic Buddhism (HB) and Chinese Buddhism, supported by her research and development that revolves around acculturation and application of Buddhist teachings in the modern world. Juewei holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Master of Arts in Buddhist studies, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering. Juewei began her career as an applied R&D engineer in Artificial Intelligence systems in the 1980s and moved on to management positions in Singapore’s statutory bodies. She made her millennial decision to join the Fo Guang Shan order when she realised that she could be of the best service to humanity through promoting humanistic values in an increasingly divided world. To increase the accessibility of Juewei’s research and development, she leads global teams of volunteers to develop an HB Visualiser, HB Journal (journal.nantien.edu.au), Communities of Practice (communities.nantien.edu.au), Turning Points stories (facebook.com/turningpointsstories), as well as mobile apps and podcasts (soundcloud.com/nti-hbc).
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. From this time, he has held prestigious positions at the University of California such as chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and chair of the Centre for Korean Studies. In 2010, Professor Lancaster completed his Honorary Doctor of Letters at the Vietnam Buddhist University. Many of his side projects, such as the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative, use computer-based technology to integrate scholarly content in a digital and visual format. In 2014 he won the Manhae Prize from the Korean Buddhist Foundation for his digital Korean Buddhist Canon endeavour. He has published over 55 articles and reviews and worked on the editorial board for noteworthy theological publications.
Venerable Shravasti Dhammika was born in Australia and became a Buddhist monk at the age of eighteen. In 1973 he travelled around Thailand, Laos, Burma and India where he was ordained as a monk in 1976. Venerable Dhammika was a student of Venerable Matiwella Sangharatana, the last disciple of Anagarika Dharmapala. That same year, he went to Sri Lanka where he studied Pali at Sri Lanka Vidyalaya, Colombo, and later became the co-founder and teacher of Nilambe Meditation Centre in Kandy. Bhante Dhammika has written over 25 books and scores of articles on Buddhism and related subjects. His most popular book Good Question Good Answer has been translated into over 30 languages. He is also well known for his public talks and represented Theravada Buddhism at the European Buddhist Millennium Conference in Berlin in 2000. Venerable Dhammika has a deep interest in the history, cultures and art of Buddhism along with Buddhist Philosophy. He predominantly resided in Sri Lanka and Singapore until 2017, when he returned to live in Australia.
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’s 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. She is currently serving at Fo Guang Shan Humanistic Buddhism Research Centre as both a Deputy Chancellor and Director of the Department of International Affairs. She is also the Director of the Fo Guang Dictionary of Buddhism English Translation Project and also the Complete Works of Venerable Master Hsing Yun Translation Project; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Nanhua University, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Buddhist Studies, Guang Ming College.
Venerable Thubten Chodron was born in Chicago and grew up near Los Angeles where she graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of California. In 1977, she received sramanerika (novice) ordination from Kyabje Ling Riponche, and in 1986 she received Bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. She studied and practised Buddhism of the Tibetan tradition for many years in India and Nepal under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkong Rinponche, Kyabje Zopa Riponche and other Tibetan masters. She directed the spiritual program at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Italy for nearly two years, studied for three years at Dorje Pamo Monastery in France, and was resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Foundation in Seattle. Venerable Chodron has taken part in various conferences of western Buddhist teachers with H.H. the Dalai Lama and has travelled worldwide to teach the Dharma. She has since founded Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastic community in Washington where she is the abbess. She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation in several languages and is currently co-authoring with His Holiness the Dalai Lama a multi-volume series of teachings on the Buddhist path, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion.
Dr. Noelene Weatherby-Fell is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Wollongong, and represents the School and the University on State and National bodies that govern the standards for teacher education courses and their accreditation. A practitioner with over 20 years in schools, Noelene's research interests include preservice teacher preparation, epilepsy education and recognition of the individual including self-esteem/pastoral care of students and teachers. In 2011 the Australian College of Educators and UOW Faculty of Education presented Noelene with an Outstanding Achievement in Education award. Internationally, Noelene’s work with the International Society of Ethical Psychology Psychiatry was recognised in 2012 with an award for Intercultural Research Contributions. Noelene was a founding member of the Teacher Education Advisory Board for the Response Ability Project, a Commonwealth initiative with the Hunter Institute of Mental Health focusing on pre-service teacher education and social and emotional wellbeing / mental health and has presented and written both nationally and internationally on her work in this area. Noelene is a project team member on the OLT project BRiTE (Building Resilience in Teacher Education).
Dr. Michelle Eady is a senior lecturer in Professional Studies in the School of Education at the University of Wollongong. An enthusiastic educator with a passion for teaching and learning, she has been awarded an Australian Office of Teaching and Learning (OLT) citation for excellence in teaching. Her current research focus is quality teacher preparation. She has completed a Specialist in Special Education, Computers in the Classroom and Reading. Her teaching experiences include teaching in Indigenous communities, in the high arctic and in communities in various schools in Canada. Dr Eady has had the pleasure of speaking at conferences worldwide and looks forward to collaborations with colleagues and students.
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. Her methodology is informed by years of engagement with the teachings and practices of Vajrayana Buddhism which she seeks to apply in professional and personal life through daily meditation practice, mindful relationships and the Buddhist ethics of non-harming and relational responsibility. Formerly Director of Consulting at The St James Ethics’ Centre, Meg recently spent a year working for the Royal Government of Bhutan together with a multi-disciplinary team to produce a ground-breaking UN report, Happiness: Towards a New Development Paradigm. She holds a Master of Applied Science (Coaching Psychology), Sydney University, a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology/Sociology), Hong Kong University and has sat on numerous boards and panels including NSW Health’s Agency for Clinical Innovation, Siddhartha’s Intent Australia, Lotus Outreach Australia and the Buddhist Council of NSW.