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Dr Sonam Thakchoe is a former student of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS), Sarnath, Varanasi, India. After nine-intensive years of training in the History of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, he was awarded Shastri and Acharya Degrees along with Gold Medal Recognition.
He obtained his PhD in 2002 from the University of Tasmania, and is currently lecturing in the areas Buddhist Philosophy (Mahayana, Theravada, Zen), Chinese Philosophy (Confucianism and Taoism) and Indian (Orthodox and Heterodox Schools), Ethics and Philosophy of Nonviolence (Buddha, Gandhi, Martin Luther King). As the coordinator of the Tasmanian Buddhist Studies in India Exchange Program, Sonam takes a group of 15 Australian students every summer (Dec-Jan) for an intensive Summer Course at the CIHTS. There he teaches to the Tibetan students and assists the CIHTS in developing distance education program in the areas of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. Being a keen follower of the Vipassana tradition, he teaches philosophy combined with the mindfulness-based meditation technique in the local schools, health clinics, Buddhist centers and also for the prison inmates.
Authorised by the Acting Head of School, Humanities
15 October, 2012