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Venerable Sakda Hemthep

Venerable Sakda Hemthep is a native of Thailand. He completed his MA in Buddhist Studies at University of Sunderland in 2006 and his MPhil at Cardiff University in 2014. His area of interest lies on Buddhist Monasticism, Early Buddhism, Buddhist Meditation, Comparative Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, Chinese Buddhist texts and Thai Studies. He is a fully ordained Theravada Buddhist monk and has also taught Thai language at the Dhammakaya Foundation for many years. He is currently a graduate student of the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford.


Marek Sullivan

Mark Sullivan

I am in the early stages of a DPhil in Oriental Studies, focusing on the contemporary phenomenon of 'ecoBuddhism' and its precedents - actual or imagined - in East Asian thought. By engaging with an important seventh to eighth-century text, Fazang's Hundred Gates of the Ocean of Meanings of Huayan, I hope to shed light on a serious metaphysical issue raised by critics of 'holistic ecoBuddhism', namely, the apparent impossibility of being 'at one with nature' while maintaining important distinctions between polluting and non-polluting things. At a fundamental level, I hope to solve the ontological/epistemological problem posed by a universe that is interdependently connected and in some sense 'one', while at the same time made of a plurality of 'things'. I am currently mining Heidegger's Being and Time for a relevant conceptual framework and vocabulary.

I am also interested in anti-progressivist responses to new atheism (Dawkins, Hitchens, etc.), and the way atheism may itself be allied to unsavory non-rational ideologies.

I have attended several retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh's 'Community of Interbeing' at Plum Village, Bordeaux, and practice mindfulness whenever and wherever I remember to.


Cao Ting

Ting Cao  (曹婷) is a PhD candidate at Zhejiang University and a visiting research student at the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies.

Already as a Master's student she started focusing on the linguistic study of earliest Chinese Buddhist translations,especially in the context of the history of ancient Chinese language. More recently, she has also developed strong interests in Buddhist philology, comparative linguistics, and Japanese manuscripts of Buddhist scriptures.


Zhao You


Zhao You is a PhD candidate in Buddhist Studies at Peking University, now visiting Oxford for the academic year 2013-14 as a recognized student.

Before enrolling in this PhD programme, Zhao You majored in Philosophy and earned her BA from Peking University in 2010. Once interested in phenomenology, towards the end of her undergraduate studies she became more attracted to and convinced by Buddhist philosophy, especially its epistemological perspectives.

Later on, her practical concerns in the religious life that Chinese Buddhists are involved in, and all those tangible forms of religious objects including images that used to or continue to influence the lay communities, brought her to the question of lay Buddhist identity constructed by different types of narratives. Her dissertation will thus focus on Vimalakirti as a traditional ideal personality, interpreted and reinterpreted in the history of Chinese Buddhism.



Emilie Parry

Emilie Parry is a DPhil student in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Her applied, collaborative research involves concepts of integrated resilience centered within community capacities and networks, encompassing strategies and learning transference around climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as community-based biodiversity conservation. In particular, she is interested in inter-religious dialogue to address the human drivers of climate change and support biodiversity conservation, and has been working with the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), which has facilitated the Inter-Religious Climate and Ecology (ICE) Network, intended to build problem-solving platforms, learn from each other across Asian and African community networks, and to build an educational and action-based movement of cooperation across all faiths and spiritual practices, in the spirit of engaging around the issue of climate change. Prior to joining the University of Oxford, Emilie worked globally in sustainable community development, complex emergencies, disaster risk management, and other resilience-related realms.

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