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.