Chaisit SuwanvarangkulChaisit Suwanvarangkul

BA (Chulalongkorn) MA (Kyoto) PhD (Delhi)

Senior Lecturer, Buddhist Studies
Room: Richardson 4S10
Tel: 64 3 479 8408

Chaisit is Lecturer in Buddhist Studies. He was born in a society shaped by Thai Theravada Buddhism, and spent more than ten years as an ordained monk, studying the Dhamma and Vinaya in Thailand. After that he did research into Mahayana Buddhism, particularly into the Yogacara, at Kyoto University in Japan and at the University of Delhi in India. He has taught meditation in Japan, and has taught both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism at the Dhammakaya temple and at the Maha­chulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya University (Thai Buddhist University). He has also taught Japanese in Thailand for more than three years. He studied Sanskrit and Tibetan in Japan and India. His field of research is Buddhist studies, focusing on both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism.


Papers taught in 2019

First semester
Introductory Sanskrit I
Second semester
Introductory Sanskrit II
Mahayana Buddhism

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Main research interests

  • Early Buddhist doctrine
  • Yogācāra
  • Tathāgatagarbha doctrine

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Articles and book chapters

"Pratītyasamutpāda", in Richard Payne, ed., Oxford Bibliographies Online: Buddhism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015

"Pratītyasamutpāda and Dharmadhātu in Early Mahāyāna Buddhism", in Jan Westerhoff and Jay Garfield, ed., Madhyamaka and Yogacara: Rivals or Allies? Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015

"On the Concept of Pratīyasamutpāda in the Mādhyāntavibhāga" [in Japanese], Journal of Indian and Buddhist Studies 45/1 (1996): 351-357

Conference presentations

"Dharmadhātu in Avataṃsaka Sūtra", NZARS/AABS conference, Queenstown, Dec 7-9, 2011

"Pratītyasamutpāda and Dharmadhātu in Early Mahāyāna Buddhism", 16th Conference of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Taiwan, June 20-25, 2011

"From Mahāparinibbāna Sutta to Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra in Early Mahāyāna Buddhsim", DIRI, Sancta College University of Sydney, Australia, Aug 28-29, 2010

"On the body in Buddhism: the Dharmakāya", New Zealand Association for the Study of Religion, Rotorua, July 2-4, 2008

"Chu Hen Fun Betsu Ron ni Okeru Engi to Ku Shou ni tsuite", The Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies, Rissho University, Tokyo, 1994

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