Sri Lankan Bhikkhu undertakes major research project
Ven. Professor K. L. Dhammajoti is a leading scholar in the
highly specialized field of Buddhist Studies known as Abhidharma,
which deals with the metaphysical and epistemological doctrines of
He is well-versed in all the Buddhist Scriptural languages,
including Classical Chinese, Sanskrit, Pali and Tibetan and, as
such, his expertise is highly sought after by academic institutions
around the world, including the University of Calgary, which awarded
him the prestigious Numata Chair of Buddhist Thought in the year
He is the author of five books on Buddhist doctrines and has
written many academic papers on his specialty. Professor Dhammajoti
is also the editor of the internationally-renowned Journal of
Buddhist Studies, dedicated to Buddhist research.
Since joining the Centre, Professor Dhammajoti has been guiding a
group of both local and foreign research students in textual
studies, which has involved comparative sources of all the
He is currently undertaking a major research project which
involves the compilation of a dictionary of Sanskrit-English
Abhidharma terminology. When completed, this dictionary will provide
a valuable contribution to Buddhist scholarship.
Professor Dhammajoti, a graduate of the University of Kelaniya,
in Sri Lanka, joined the University's Postgraduate Institute of Pali
and Buddhist Studies in 1982 as a senior lecturer, and went on to
Buddhist Literary Sources in 1992, a position he held until 2004,
when he became a venerable professor at the Centre of Buddhist
Studies of the University of Hong Kong.
The centre was inaugurated at the University of Hong Kong in
It promotes the study of and research into all aspects of
Buddhism and its relevance to the world today, and offers a platform
for academic and cultural exchange between east and west.