Professors

Prof. Dr. Charles Willemen

Sarvāstivāda, Chinese Buddhism, Japanese Buddhism

Prof. Dr. Charles Willemen studied Latin, Greek, Chinese, Japanese and Sanskrit. He obtained his Ph.D. in the field of East-Asian Studies (University of Gent, Belgium). He was assistant, guest professor and professor at different universities in Belgium, China, Canada, Japan and Thailand. Currently he is rector and teaching professor at the International Buddhist College.

Prof. Dr. Kapila Abhayawansa

Early Buddhism, Indian Buddhism

Prof. Kapila Abhayawansa specialised in Pāli, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Vinaya, Western and Indian Philosophy. He obtained a Master of Philosophy (Banaras Hindu university, India) and a Doctor of Philosophy (University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka). He was a lecturer and head of the department of Buddhist Culture at the Postgraduate Institute of Pāli and Buddhist Studies at the University of Kelaniya. In addition, he was a visiting lecturer at various universities in Sri Lanka and abroad. Prof. Kapila has published more than fifteen academic books and more than a hundred academic articles.

Currently, he is the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies and regular professor at the International Buddhist College.

Prof. Dr. Tilak Kariyawasam

Prof. Dr.Tilak Kariyawasam – Professor Emeritus- First graduated (B.A., First Class Hons) from Vidyodaya University (Present: Sri Jayewardanepure University), Sri Lanka, in 1967, and was appointed lecturer to the same University in 1968. Engaged in postgraduate research work at the University of Lancaster, U.K. (1970-1973), and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D. 1974) and was subsequently appointed to the University of Kelaniya (1975). Obtained a Commonwealth Fellowship to University of Lancaster,U.K. (1984-85).

Appointed as the Head of the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies (1988-1997) and as the Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies (1998-2003). Appointed as a Senior Professor of Buddhist Studies- Chair (2005-2008). Received the Vice-Chancellor’s award for completing 40 years of University Service on the 01-01-2008. Retired from the Post of Senior Chair Professor on the 30.09.2008. Received the Conferment of the Title “Professor Emeritus”, University of Kelaniya (2012).

Currently serves as a Professor of Buddhist Studies and the Dean of the Graduate School, International Buddhist College, Thailand (from July of 2009). Specialized in Buddhologyin Theravāda and Mahāyāna, reading major Pali and Sanskrit texts, teaching subjects covering Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Culture, Pali and Theravāda Buddhism.

Prof. Dr. Lozang Jamspal

Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan, Sanskrit

Dr. Lozang Jamspal received an Acharya degree in Sanskrit, Hindi, and Buddhist and Indian philosophy at Sanskrit University, Benares. At the university, he served as a librarian and Tibetan language instructor, and helped to establish the Central Institute of Tibetan Studies where he later worked as lecturer. He also worked as a lecturer of Sanskrit and classical Tibetan language at the University of Delhi. After moving to the U.S. in 1974, he taught at the Bslab gsum bshad grub gling in New Jersey. In 1991, he earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he taught classical Tibetan. Currently he is a regular professor at the International Buddhist College.