Name                         : Ven. Senior. Prof. Gallelle Sumanasiri Thero
Designation               : Senior Professor
Department               : Religious Studies and Comparative Philosophy
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Academic Qualification

  • B.A. in Buddhist Philosophy, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
  • M.A. in Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
  • M.Phil in Comparative Religious Studies, University of Delhi, India.
  • PhD in Comparative religious Studies, University of Delhi, India.


Academic Experience

  • Professor, Department of Religious Studies and Comparative Philosophy (2008 – Hitherto)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Pali in Chinese, International Buddhist College (IBC), Thailand (2013).
  • Conducting Intensive Course “Pali in Chinese” Buddhist College, Singapore (2013).
  • Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies and Comparative Philosophy (2004-2007).
  • Senior Lecturer (Grade I), Department of Religious Studies and Comparative Philosophy (2004-2004).
  • Senior Lecturer (Grade II), Department of Religious Studies and Comparative Philosophy (1997-2004).
  • Visiting Lecturer in Chinese, Department of Modern Languages; programming and teaching Chinese to local undergraduates at the University of Kelaniya (1996-1998).
  • Graduate teacher, Ministry of Higher Education (1987-1997).

Administration

  • Vice Chancellor, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka (2014 – Hitherto).
  • Head, Department of Religious Studies and Comparative Philosophy (2007 – 2013).
  • Acting Vice-Chancellor (2005 - one week).
  • Dean, Faculty of Buddhist Studies (2003-2006).
  • Acting Head, Department of Religious Studies and Comparative Philosophy (2003-2006).
  • Head, Department of Religious Studies and Comparative Philosophy (1997-2003).

Research Interest

  • Comparative religious studies and peacebuilding


International / National Seminar Presentations

Presentations:  (In English and Chinese)

  • Sumanasiri, G., 2015, “How the Buddha Dealt with other Religious Parties”, Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (Foswal), Agra, India.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2014, “Fundamental Practices of Buddhism for Daily Life, Indonesia.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2013, “How to Overcome Suffering (什么能克服烦恼)”, K Sri Dhammananda Lecture Series, Buddhist Maha Viharaya, Malaysia.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2013, “What is the Goal of Life for Ly Buddhist”, K Sri Dhammananda Lecture Series, Buddhist Maha Viharaya, Malaysia.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2013, “Buddhism and Friendship (佛教和友好关系)”, K Sri Dhammananda Lecture Series, Buddhist Maha Viharaya, Malaysia.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2010, “Religion Science and Buddhism”, East London Buddhist Cultural Centre, London.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2010, “Buddhism for Daily Life”, East London Buddhist Cultural Centre, London.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2010, “Buddhism in Practice”, East London Buddhist Cultural Centre, London.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2010, “Friendship in Buddhism”, East London Buddhist Cultural Centre, London.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2010, “Right Livelihood in Buddhism”, East London Buddhist Cultural Centre, London.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2009, “Application of Fourfold Happiness in Buddhism to Economic Pursuits”, International Buddhist Conference, Thailand.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2006, “Significance of Vesak”, Sri Lanka Embassy of Manila, Philippine.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2004, “Buddhism towards Religion: An Epistemological Analysis” (in English), Staff Development Session, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 1998, “Buddhism and Theology” (in English), Staff Development Session, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 1993, “An Exposition of Kamma and Rebirth; As Depicted in MilindaPanha” (in English), University of Delhi, India.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 1993, “A Short Introduction to Skepticism and Sanjaya” (in English), University of Delhi, India.

Keynote Addresses

  •  Sumanasiri, G., 2015, “Buddhism and Islam- Religions of Peace”, International Seminar on History, Economy and Cultural Links between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Galadari Meridian Hotel, Colombo, 5th March.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2014, “Myanmar Sri Lanka Cultural Relationship”, Sri Lanka International Buddhist Acadamy (SIBA); Annual Convocation Ceremony, 3rd November.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2018, "How Buddhist Educational Institutions should be should be", Convocation Speech at Lumbini Buddhist University, Nepal, 9th April.


Research and Publications

Publications: (Books - In English and Chinese)

  • Sumanasiri, G., pending publication, “Learning Chinese –Intermediary (习巴利文-)”.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2014, “Learning Pali in Chinese - Elementary(学习巴利文-级)”, Singapore.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2000, “Avalokiteshvara Bodhisatva Pranama” (Translation from Chinese to English and Sinhala); Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva Worship, Karunaratne & Sons, Colombo.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 1998, “Buddhism and Confucianism”, Karunarathne & Sons, Colombo. (Has been translated to the Persian Language).

Publications: (In Sinhala)

  • Sumanasiri, G., 2010, “Higher Sanskrit Grammar”, Godage and Sons (Joint editor), Colombo.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 1999, “Agama Darshanaya; Philosophy of Religion”, Karunarathne & Sons, Colombo.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 1999, “Sampradayika Cina Agama;Traditional Chinese Religions”, Karunarathne & Sons, Colombo.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 1999, “Cina Budu samaya Pilibanda Aitihasika Adyayanayak; A Historical Survey of Chinese Buddhism”.

Journals: (In English)

  • Sumanasiri, G., 2016, “Buddhist Textual Analysis on Human Resource Management”, BPU Journal of Buddhist Studies and Humanities (Peer Reviewed Journal), Vol. I, P.1-13.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2013, “How Three Buddhist Traditions Unite and Cooperate, Buddhism for 21st Century (任何统一佛教教派对第二十一世纪)”; Keynote speech, Samadhi Educational Foundation, Taiwan.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2013, “Environmental Friendly Production and Consumption in Buddhism”, SAARK Literary Festival proceedings, Agra, India.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2012, “Unity of Mankind or Unity of Religions”, Sufi Conference Proceedings, Amritsar, India.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2012, “What should be the Buddhist Critique on other Religions”, Saradha; Annual Journal.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2012, “Peace within and Peace Without”, Journal of Peace.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2011, “Universal Applicability of Buddhism for Lasting Pease”, Sri Lanka Council of Religions for Peace. (With Tamil Translation).
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2009, “Application of Fourfold Happiness in Buddhism to Economic Pursuits”, International Buddhist Conference, Economic Crisis Volume, Thailand.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2008, “Confucianism and World Peace”, Journal of Religious Studies, BPU.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2007, “System of Monastic Management as Depicted in the Vinaya”, Journal of Religious Studies, BPU.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2006, “What is Academic Study of Religion”, Dharmaprabha, Felicitation Volume.

Journals: (In Sinhala)

  • Sumanasiri, G., 2008, “Contribution of Theravada Buddhist monks in Propagating Buddhism in Abroad”, Journal published to commemorate the 50th   anniversary of Ramanna Nikaya
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2006, “Epistemological Approach to Religion, Science and Buddhism”, Collection of Essays.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2006, “Popular Buddhism Based on Faith”, Buddhist and Pali Studies.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2006, “Four Noble Truth and Nibbana”, Sinhala Bauddhaya.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2006, “History of Chinese Religion and Philosophy”, Encyclopedia of Sinhala.
  • Sumanasiri, G., 2000, “Buddhist Attitude towards Revealed Religion”, Prabuddha, Felicitation Volume.
  •  Sumanasiri, G., 1999, “A Concise Survey of Religions of China”,  Prabuddha, Felicitation Volume
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