Dr Priscilla Wong
Priscilla is a general practitioner through the week, and has been volunteering with the Communities of Practice since 2015. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies from Nan Tien Institute.
Venerable Dr Juewei
Venerable Dr Juewei is the Director of Nan Tien Institute’s Humanistic Buddhism Centre and Lecturer at the Institute’s Applied Buddhist Studies program.
Venerable Dr Juewei holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, a Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering. Through the Humanistic Buddhism Centre, Venerable Dr Juewei heads up a worldwide tour, ‘Buddha’s Birthday Education Project (BBEP)’ that connects past and present, east and west. The team from BBEP are behind the current Communities of Practice series.
Dr Jonathan Page
Dr Jonathan Page has been a Medical Oncologist for 36 years with a long-term interest in Palliative Care. Although he prescribes chemotherapy (and other drugs) and refers patients for radiotherapy and surgery if necessary, he also incorporates an inquiry into the psychospiritual domain to address matters of fear, regret, guilt, meaning, purpose, love and legacy (as they arise). The psychospiritual domain can be accessed through meditation, presence and deep listening with an open heart-mind.
Stephen Hill is Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. Though graduating initially as a research chemist, he also was awarded Australia’s first PhD in Business Administration (University of Melbourne) and was appointed as Foundation Professor of Sociology at the University of Wollongong at age 30.
He has authored or coauthored 22 books and over 350 publications or major international speeches across eleven disciplines. From 1995 to 2006 he served as the United Nations’ Regional Director for Science for Asia and the Pacific and Ambassador of the UN Agency, UNESCO – based in Indonesia and Paris.
Stephen is a key advisor to the Communities of Practice series.
Yijun is lucky to have had the opportunity to volunteer with FGS branches around the world. All the beautiful encounters along the way have strengthened her passion to contribute to environmental and spiritual preservation.
She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at the University of Hong Kong and the Southern University of Science and Technology, where she is exploring the potential of an ecological civilization. Yijun feels very grateful to have studied at Nan Tien Institute, which marked an important turning point in her life.
Xiaomeng has a particular interest in Buddhism and has been volunteering with FGS branch temples (in Beijing and Yixing) since 2018. She completed her MA in Applied Buddhist Studies at Nan Tien Institute in December 2021 and now is a part-time student at Beijing Foreign Studies University, majoring in English education.
Xiaomeng wishes to contribute to the Dharma propagation through education by planting the Bodhi seeds in younger generations. She is grateful to join the Community of Practice, within which she has felt boundless loving-kindness and been provoked with countless insights from the Bodhisattvas of this community.
Associate Professor Chris Zaslawski
Dr Chris Zaslawski is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences within the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is a registered Chinese medicine practitioner and registered physiotherapist. He has been a short term consultant for the World Health Organisation for a number of acupuncture related projects in the areas of education, research and clinical practice guidelines.
Chris has post graduate qualifications in education (Masters of Health Science Education) and Science (PhD-Science). He is an active researcher in the areas of clinical trials, clinical research design and human research ethics. To this end he has managed several randomised controlled trials to completion including publication of results. He is also deputy editor of the Australian Journal of Chinese Medicine, Australia’s only peer reviewed journal on acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He has delivered over 60 presentations at local and international conferences and has over 70 publications in professional and peer reviewed international journals.
Ina Redd Denton
Ina Denton is a practicing Buddhist, having taken Refuge in the Triple Gem and the Five Precepts in November 2009. She is a Certified Lay Dharma Lecturer and Vice Chairperson of the International Outreach Committee for BLIA (Buddha’s Light International Association) and a Member of Guang Ming Buddhist Temple, Orlando, Florida, USA.
Ina holds a Master of Social Work degree (M.S.W.) from the University of Illinois. Her professional career includes public and private human service administration, board and program development, community partnerships and executive consultation.
As a member of BLIA and proponent of Humanistic Buddhism, Ina shares the Dharma through teaching, lectures and interfaith activities. She also trains others to propagate Humanistic Buddhism by the design and implementation of workshops and symposia. As a westerner who has adopted a Chinese temple as her family (and their adoption of her), Ina strives to assure that people of all cultures and communities can find a spiritual home in the teachings of the Buddha, and use those teaching to carry the passport of a “global citizen,” at home in the Dharma and in all societies and cultures.
Gawaine Powell Davies
Gawaine Powell Davies is Chair of the Buddhist Council of NSW. Until recently he was Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at the University of NSW, where he worked for 20 years in research, development and evaluation of primary health care. He is also Chair of Sydney Insight Meditators, and a member of the Kookaburra sangha in Forest Lodge. In the light of recent world events his favourite word is now solidarity.
Professor Mario Fernando
Dr Mario Fernando is Professor of Management in the School of Management, Operations and Marketing, University of Wollongong. His research interests are centred on exploring how responsible executive action leads to positive individual, organisational and societal outcomes.
Currently, Mario is conducting research on responsible leadership, business ethics and human resource management areas. He has published three books and numerous academic journal articles in high-impact journals. He serves on three journal editorial boards. Mario’s learning and teaching contributions over a sustained period have been recognised at national and institutional levels.
Magali Goirand is a systemics practitioner. She has worked with small and large international high-tech organisations in Europe and the U.S as consultant, learning facilitator, and researcher. Her dual background in science and business allows her to navigate the two communities with ease. She is a talent development professional with an extensive facilitation experience fostering collaborative learning. She is a director at Systemic Development Associates, and a founder and consultant at Papillon Transformative Consulting. Prior to joining SDA, she worked for IBM, leading programs aiming at enabling sales teams around the world.
Magali has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, major in signal processing and acoustics (France), and an MBA in sustainable enterprise (USA). She is a certified WindTunneling facilitator. She is currently enrolled in the M.A. in Applied Buddhist Studies at Nan Tien Institute (Australia).
Tom’s sustainability focus is in empowering community led responses using the many tools that have been developed over the last several decades, particularly Deep Listening. He has a BA in sustainable development from Murdoch University in W.A.
Meg is a cross-cultural consultant, executive coach and experiential learning facilitator. She has an academic background in organizational and coaching psychology as well as practical business experience running manufacturing and consultancy companies and designing and delivering action learning programs in leadership, ethics and culture change in Asia and Australia. Her work is informed bylasting engagement with the teachings and practices of Vajrayana Buddhism which she seeks to apply in her professional and personal life through daily meditation practice and mindful relational responsibility.
Meg recently spent a year working for the Royal Government of Bhutan on a multi-disciplinary report to the United Nations titled “Happiness: Towards a New Development Paradigm” and was formerly Director of Consulting at the St James Ethics Centre.
She currently provides mindfulness-based coaching for personal clients, business leaders and teams at Hart&Mind Coaching, and is a guest lecturer in Nan Tien Institute’s Graduate Certificate of Humanistic Buddhism.
Jade is a cotutelle PhD Candidate at Macquarie University, Australia and Groningen University, the Netherlands. He has previously worked as a Research Analyst at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Jade maintains a position as an Early Career Researcher Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, Member Researcher at The Urban Violence Research Network, Tutor and Guest Lecturer at the University of Wollongong and Macquarie University.
Dr Elizabeth King
Elizabeth King is a leadership development adviser and an acknowledged author and scholar focusing on the role of mindfulness at work. Prior to founding her own business in 1999 she held senior roles in the healthcare industry.
Her research involves the integration of business scholarship and practice to enhance executive performance and organisational culture. Her academic background includes a Science degree in Biotechnology, an MBA, a Masters of Coaching and Human Resource Management, postgraduate training in Mind Body Medicine at Harvard and a PhD. Her thesis is titled ‘Developing leaders to perform in uncertainty : The mindfulness solution’.
Dr Nadine Levy
Dr Nadine Levy is a lecturer in Health and Social Wellbeing at the Nan Tien Institute. She holds a PhD in sociology and Honours degrees in both law and gender studies. Her research investigates women’s lived experience across a range of social sites, including health, therapeutic landscapes and spiritual movements, and examines the themes of belonging, emotions and social connection.
Nadine’s approach to teaching is student-centred, contemplative and grounded in critical theory. She has a particular interest in Buddhist sociology/a sociology of Buddhism and the ways these two paradigms can enliven each other. Nadine is a long-term Buddhist practitioner and is currently completing teacher training in the Insight meditation tradition.
Dr Remy Low
Remy Low is a lecturer in the University of Sydney’s School of Education and Social Work. In his research, Remy examines educational policy and practice in relation to broader social, cultural, and religious issues. He is also interested in exploring ways to cultivate greater awareness of such issues through contemplative pedagogy (e.g. mindfulness, deep listening, process art, etc.).
Bruce McKenzie is a change practitioner and academic who develops systemic thinking principles and practices to assist organisations, governments and communities to address their transformational goals to improve productivity, relevance and alignment in a changing world. He is one of the world’s most experienced Systemic practitioners.
Recognised globally for successfully building organisational capacity to initiate and manage change, through generating innovative, sustainable strategies and developing alternative ways of thinking about challenges and crisis.
He is a director of the Center for Systemic Leadership, director of Systemic Development Associates (SDA), co-founder and president of Future Insight Maps, a pioneer of WindTunneling software and Fulcrum online learning. Bruce is currently enrolled in the M.A. in Applied Buddhist Studies at Nan Tien Institute.
Dr Jane Qiu
Jane is the co-founder of Kintell.com, a global knowledge network that focuses on 1-to-1 video advice on any topic. She is also an Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) fellow who teaches international strategy, China business, cross-cultural communication, and workplace mindfulness practice to MBA students. Jane’s research focuses on workplace mindfulness and application of Eastern philosophy in the Western business world and was visiting scholar at the Said Business School, University of Oxford and London Business School in 2014.
Professor David Rooney
David Rooney is Professor of Management and Organisation Studies in the Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University. He has researched, taught and published widely in the areas of the wisdom, leadership, the knowledge economy, and creative industries.
His books include Public Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy, the Handbook on the Knowledge Economy, Knowledge Policy: Challenges for the Twenty First Century, and the forthcoming Wisdom and Management in the Knowledge Economy.
Rooney has published in many leading academic journals including The Leadership Quarterly, Public Administration Review, Human Relations and Academy of Management Learning and Education.
Dr Sue Sumskis
Dr Sue Sumskis, PhD is a Credentialed Mental Health Professional teaching within the Health and Social Wellbeing programs at NTI. Sue has a postgraduate qualification in health (PhD examining resilience and mental health) and is currently undertaking a second PhD examining contemplative education. Sue’s research in mental health, resilience and contemplative education sit within the nexus of education and recovery.
Sue has published numerous academic journal articles and book chapters and has won international and national awards for translational research in mental health.
Sue’s approach to education and transformation is based on the premise that modern education encourages a fragmentation of emotion and reason. Incorporating contemplative practices in education enables the confluence of discordant thoughts, feelings, emotions, values, and beliefs. Doing so results in a more fully human and humane outcome which pays attention to the student’s need to feel harmony and equanimity between knowledge, decisions and actions.
Dr. Ekaterina (Katya) Todarello
Dr. Ekaterina (Katya) Todarello is Founder and CEO of EKA PRANA Institute: Higher Self Education. Her previous academic experience in teaching and researching embodied leadership, management, and workplace spirituality, as well as her commitment to meditation, led Katya to start her own professional practice. Katya’s envisions her business to be a part of the sweeping global educational shift away from transmitting information and towards facilitating transformation.
In her mentoring, teaching, consulting and facilitation work, Katya applies various modalities and frameworks. These include delivering mindfulness-based programs and dynamic meditation practices, teaching yoga and its philosophy, and offering somatic, ontological and life coaching to individuals and organisations.
As part of the Communities of Practice volunteering team at the Nan Tien Institute, Ekaterina is happily helping to host and facilitate Humanistic Buddhism weekly check-in sessions.
Alex Trauth-Goik is a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong whose research focuses on cross-cultural perceptions and justifications for digital technologies and ways in which big data is being used to govern populations. He has previously worked for the media intelligence company Meltwater as a government media analyst. In 2017 he graduated with First Class Honours in International Studies majoring in Chinese Mandarin from the University of Wollongong. Alex now maintains a position as Tutor and Guest Lecturer at the University of Wollongong.
Joey is grateful to the Singapore Government and the people in supporting his education at the University of Melbourne. Following that, he served as an educator for two years, and contributed in the space of policy making and communications in two short stints at the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources.
Now, he and his family are in Melbourne. He is grateful to be given the opportunity to serve the mental health community in Australia as an Executive Business Partner to the C-Suite Executives of Neami National – one of the largest community mental health service providers in Australia.
His deepest wish is embedded in the following words of Metta:
May all beings be peaceful.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be safe.
May all beings be awakened to the light of their true nature.
May all beings be free.
Louise has been practising Tai Chi and Qi Gong for 10 years learning forms such as Yang, Chen and Sun tai chi forms as well as many Qi Gong forms. She has travelled around China with a Tai Chi and Qi Gong master Master Tary Yip and visited Wudang Mountain, the birthplace of Tai Chi, several times and practised with Daoist monks.
She has competed and won many competitions for Tai Chi both nationally and internationally, in fact she just returned from Shanghai where she won a gold medal for the Yang 24 form at the Chin Wu International Wu Shu and Tai Ji competition in August. She is very happy and fortunate today to be able to introduce you to a well-known qigong form called the Ba Duan Jin (Eight Brocade exercises) that has demonstrated to have health benefits for both young and old.
Venerable Juefang is the director of International Relations at Nan Tien Institute and the General Manager of the Hsing Yun Education Foundation. She received her PhD in education studies from Peking University, China and her MA in Buddhist studies from Fo Guang University, Taiwan.
Venerable Miaoyou is the Director and Company Secretary of the Nan Tien Institute. She has been a resident teacher at the Nan Tien Temple for more than 15 years, and during that time has conducted meditation retreats for hundreds of visitors. In addition to leading meditation retreats,
Venerable Miaoyou has assumed several positions, including overseeing the development and construction of the bridge connecting the Temple and the Institute. She is also a spokesperson for the media and interfaith events and conferences.
Venerable Youji is the Curator of the Nan Tien Art Gallery in Nan Tien Institute and one of the editors for the 20-volume Encyclopedia of Buddhist Arts published in 2016.
Venerable Youji holds a Masters of Arts in Buddhist Studies from Fo Guang University and a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts from University of Central England. An aspiring artist, her exhibition Doodling Chan is currently on tour in countries including Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, China, and the USA.