Dr.  Wasantha Priyadarshana

Present post    -: Head, Department of Buddhist Culture, and Senior Lecturer of Buddhist Studies.

Department     -: Buddhist Culture

University       -: Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies University of Kelaniya,  Sri Lanka

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  1. Ph.D., Title of the Dissertation “Buddhist Therapy of Mental Diseases” (A Study of Psychoanalysis and Behavior Therapy as Depicted from Thripitaka Literature) – 2004 -2008 University of Kelaniya.
  2. M.A., Buddhist Studies, (Distinction Pass) University of Kelaniya. – 2001.
  3. B.A. Honours in Buddhist Culture, (First Class) University of Kelaniya, 2000.
  4. Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and career counseling, 2002 - 2004, Colombo.
    1. Subjects
      1. Educational Psychology
      2. Child Psychology
      3. Counseling Psychology
      4. Educational and Psychological Techniques
      5. Career Counseling Techniques
      6. Assessment in Counseling
      7. Counseling Skills
      8. Counseling Practice
  5. Diploma in Buddhism, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, 1998.
  6. Certificate Course, Yoga, Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine, University of Kelaniya,- 2012.

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{slide= Current Positions}

  1. Senior Lecturer in Buddhist Culture Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya.
  2. Visiting lecturer in Psychology, Department of Philosophy, University of Kelaniya.
  3. Visiting Lecturer in Indian Psychology, Department of Philosophy, University of Kelaniya.
  4. Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Psychology, Department of Philosophy, University of Kelaniya.
  5. Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Philosophy, Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies University of Kelaniya.
  6. Professional Psychologist Counselor Sri Lanka National Institute of Professional Counselors, Membership – 2005/574.
  7. Member of the Senate, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
  8. Member of the Board of Faculty, Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya.
  9. Member of the Board of Management, Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies University of Kelaniya.
  10. External Examiner, University of Sri-jayawardenepura, External Examiner, University of Peradeniya.
  11. External Examiner, University of Peradeniya.
  12. External Examiner, University of Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka.
  13. Professional Buddhist Counselor at Anusāsani Foundation.

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{slide= Past Positions}

  1. Rendered services as the Acting Director of the Institute of the Pali and Buddhist Studies University, Sri Lanka.
  2. Supervisor for Diploma, Masters M.Phil. PhD Examinations of the above mentioned universities.
  3. Coordinator of the Buddhist Counseling Course conducted by Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lankan.
  4. Visiting lecturer for the Diploma Course in Pali and Buddhist Studies –Foreign Student Unit of the Pali and Buddhist Studies Department –University of Kelaniya
  5. Resource person as a visiting lecturer for the subjects such as Psychology and Principles of Education, Religions, Philosophy and Comparative Studies for the Dhamma Teachers Diploma Examination conducted by the University of Sri Jayawardenepura.
  6. Visiting lecturer for the course of Ethics conducted by the University of Kelaniya.
  7. Resource person in providing training experience in Clinical Therapy relevant to Psychological Counseling in regard to Counseling for Postgraduate Diploma conducted by the Faculty of Education University of Colombo.
  8. Resource person as a visiting lecturer with regard to Eastern Philosophical Concepts of the Degree Course conducted by Bhygyawath Jusewādgdeva Dharmanike thanaya affiliated to Urkhaniyana University in Rome.
  9. Resource person as a visiting lecturer in Psycho Disease Therapy on the invitation of the Sri Lanka Professional Counselors Association.
  10. Chaired a session on Buddhist Rites and Rituals at the International Conference, (BBUIBC) 2012.
  11. Resource person as a visiting lecturer in Educational Psychology of the Diploma Course with regard to Psychology conducted by the Department of Philosophy University of Kelaniya.

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{slide= Research Papers (Sinhala Medium)}

  1. Gerontological Aspects as Derived from Buddhism – presented at the Academic Staff Career Development Workshop - Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka.
  2. A Study on the Therapeutic Values of Sinhalese Folk Magic presented at the Academic Staff Career Development Workshop - Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka.
  3. Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy as Depicted from Buddhism– presented at the Academic Staff Career Development Workshop - Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka
  4. Shramana Teachings – Dhamma Vijaya Academic Magazine – Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies – The University of Kelaniya – 2002.
  5. Buddhism and Health – Felicitation Academic Review of Ven. Borelle Atula edited by Ven. Dhammarathana and Wasantha Priyadharsana, 2003.
  6. Decline of Indian Buddhist Culture – Geographical Expansion of Buddhist Culture, edited by Wijesinghe Gamini – 2004.
  7. Buddhist Doctrinal Law, Modern Law and Related Law Institutions, “Nirvanmaga” 2004.
  8. Nibbāna is ineffable – “Nirvānamaga” 2007.
  9. Kāma – Rūpa and Arūpa Bhavattrara – “Nivānamaga” 2006.
  10. The Introduction of Buddhism to Myanmar, Its Development and Expansion, Burmese Buddhist Culture, edited by Ven. Kyusala – Dhamma, Welimada - 2007.
  11. ‘An Analytical Review on Fundamental Concept of Psychotherapy’ to the Silver Jubilee Memorial Volume.  Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka - 2007.
  12. A Brief Account on Psychotherapeutic Concepts of Gihiuposatha, Comparative Religious Studies – Academic Review – Buddhist Pali University of Sri Lanka - 2007.
  13. An Analytical Exposition on the concept of Buddhist Counseling – “Sammanani” 2008.
  14. Stress, A Buddhist Psychological Analysis, Nivānmaga, 2012

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{slide= RESERCH PAPERS – NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES (ENGLISH MEDIUM)}

  1. Buddhist Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapeutic Approaches Derived from Early Buddhism - The 3rd National Conference on Buddhist Studies organized by  Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka in Association with the Buddhist Times Trust and BuduSahana Fund.
  2. Buddhist Influence on the Enhancement of Modern Psychotherapy – the 4th National Conference on Buddhist Studies organized by Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka.
  3. The Fundamental Psychotherapeutic Approaches as Derived from Early Buddhism– a Workshop on Buddhist Studies for Postgraduate Student of Thibuwan University and Lotus Academy of Nepal organized by Buddhist and Pali University  of Sri Lanka 2008.
  4. Psychotherapeutic Values of Sinhalese Folk Magic – The 3rd International Buddhist Conference organized by Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University- 2008.
  5. An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology organized by Thisarana Buddhist Association, Singapore, 2008.
  6. Psychotherapy and Ritual organized by W.H.O.- Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2009.
  7. The Buddhist Concept of Conflict Resolution (An Approach to Global Recovery through Mental well-being) Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Main Campus, The International Association of Buddhist Universities, Thailand-2010.
  8. Buddhism and Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy, Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy, Kandy, Sri Lanka-2010.
  9. Fundamentals of Buddhist Psychotherapy: A Critical Study, Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, 2012.
  10. Psychotherapeutic Value of Visuddhimagga for the Enhancement of Modern Psychotherapy, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Thailand, 2012.
  11. Early Buddhist Ethicopsychology and feminism, Gautam Buddha University, India – 2012.
  12. Kalukumara Syndrome (A Cultural Bound Syndrome Faced by Sri Lankan Females in Rural Areas.  Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, 2012.

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{slide= BOOKS AND EDITIONS}

  1. ‘Buddhist Philosophy and Indian Shramana Tradition’ Daya Edirisinghe and Samantha Illangakoon, - 2008.
  2. Felicitation Academic Review for Ven. Borelle Athula – edited by Wasantha Priyadarsana and Ven. Dammaratana – 2003.
  3. Anvekshana, - Academic journal, 12 vol, Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies. Edition. 2012

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{slide= P.hD. Supervision}

  1. An Analytical Study of Psychological Basis of Buddhist Ethics – Miss Kustiani – 2010/Ph.D./E/2063/2012.
  2. Women’s Position in Buddhism; with special focus on Bhikkhuni Atthagarudhamma - Ven. Zheng Kong – 2006/M.Phil./Ph.D./856/2011 (Co-Supervisor – Prof. Sumanapala Galmangoda)
  3. පැරණි ලාංකේය බෞද්ධ චිත‍්‍ර කලාවේ විශේෂ ලක්‍ෂණ පිළිබද අධ්‍යයනයක් -නානායක්කාරවසම් තෙලිකඩ පල්ලියගුරුගේ මෝහාන් නන්දන මහතා.
  4. The Buddhist Theory of Conflict Resolution – A Critical Study – Fr. Paul Kriangyot Piyawanno – 2008/Ph.D./E/1058 -2011) (Co-supervisor – Prof. Daya Edirisinghe).
  5. How to Use Buddhist Psychological Principles to Cope with Stress Faced by the Younger Generation in Modern Sri Lanka – Mr. K. M. Chandrasekara – 2010/Ph.D./1011- 2011) (Co-Supervisor – Prof Daya EdiriSinghe).
  6. A Historical and Cultural Study of the Influence of Buddhism on Inhabitants of Arakan State – Ven. Ashon Nyanuttara – 2010/Ph.D./E/1163 – 2012) (Co-Supervisor Dr. Kammai Dhammasami).
  7. පාලි අනාගතවංසය ඇසුරෙන් මෛත‍්‍රී බුද්ධ සංකල්පය පිළිබ`ද අධ්‍යයනයක් - ජේ. ටී. කරුණාරත්න, 2009/ Ph.D./S/2145  - 2012 (Co-Supervisor Dr. Ven. Medawachchiye Dhammajothi)'
  8. A Critical Study of the Cultural Background of the Ancient Suvaranhūmi with Special reference to Malaysia – Ven. K. Dhammadinna 2011/Ph.D./E/2391 – 2013 (Co-Supervisor Dr. Ven. Kammai Dhammasami).
  9. An analytical Study of the Buddhist Concept of Food (Āhāra) with Reference to Both Theravāda and Mahāyāna Traditions – Mr. Kim Han Sang 2011/Ph.D./E/2153 - 2013.
  10. A Study of the History of Theravada Buddhism in Burma from the Pagan Period to the Konbaung period, (10th Century AD – 19th Century AD) – Ven. Kaccayana 2009/Ph.D./E/1960 – 2014  (Co-Supervisor Dr. Ven. Kammai Dhammasami).
  11. An Analytical Study of the Prerequisites for Buddhist Meditation – Mr. R.M. Rathnasiri 2012/Ph.D./E/2594 – 2014  Co-Supervisor Prof. Sumanapala Galmangoda.

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