Khammai Dhammasami

khammai-dhammasamiVenerable Khammai Dhammasami, originally from Shan State, Union of Myanmar and a Theravada Buddhist monk of over thirty years of standing, obtained his doctorate at Oxford under Prof. Richard Gombrich. He is trustee and Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies and Buddhist Chaplain to Oxford University. He is also founder-abbot of the Oxford Buddha Vihara, UK. Recently he founded Shan State Buddhist University in Taunggyi, Myanmar. He is executive secretary of the International Association of Buddhist Universities. His main interests are Pali, monastic education and meditation. His short introduction to meditation, Mindfulness Meditation Made Easy has been translated into Thai, Tai, Spanish, Serbian, Hungarian, Korean and Portuguese. Under the initiative of the International Council for Vesak Day in Bangkok, he has led a project with some twenty international Buddhist scholars in compiling a common Buddhist text, translating from the canonical texts of Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions, from 2009 to 2016. His scholarly articles include: (1) Idealism and pragmatism: A dilemma in the current monastic education system of Burma and Thailand in “Buddhism, Power and Political Order”, ed. I. Harris, London, 2007; (2) Seeing Myself as Another Person: The Autobiography of a Burmese Monastic Thinker in the Twentieth Century in “Lives Lived, Lives Imagined”, eds. L. Covill, U. Roesler & S. Shaw, Boston, 2010 and; (3) Buddhism in the Union of Myanmar in “2600 Years of Global Journey of Awakening”, eds. O. Abeynayake & A. Tilakaratne, Colombo, 2012