Kosh Prasad Acharya
Joined the Department of Archaeology, Government of Nepal, in 1978 and served as Head of Excavations Branch before being appointed Director-General of Archaeology between 2003 and 2009. Nepal’s most experienced archaeologist, he has led his own field projects as well as participating in the excavations of the Gotihawastupa and territorial survey of Kapilabastu District with Professor GiovaniVerardi of IsMEO. In addition to acting as Project Chief for the Lumbini Development Trust, Mr Acharya held the post of Chief Archaeologist attached to the excavations of the Maya Devi Temple between 1992 and 1996 on behalf of the Government of Nepal, Japanese Buddhist Federation and Lumbini Development Trust. Following his retirement from government service, he joined UNESCO as a Consultant and was lso appointed Executive Director of the Pashupati Area Development Trust. Joint-Director of the first phase of the Japanese-Funds-in-Trust project ‘Strengthening the Conservation and Management of Lumbini; the Birthplace of Lord Buddha, World Heritage Property’, a program of archaeological survey and excavation within the Maya Devi Temple and Sacred Garden, he jointly-directs its second phase of exploration at Tilaurakot-Kapilavastu with Professor Robin Coningham.
Professor Robin Coningham
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health and holds the UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage in the Department of Archaeology. He studied Archaeology and Anthropology at King’s College, Cambridge and, after a six-month appointment as Graduate Scholar of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, returned to King’s as a Scholar to complete his PhD under the supervision of the late F.R. Allchin, FBA. He joined the Department of Archaeological Sciences at Bradford in 1994, becoming Professor of South Asian Archaeology and Head of Department in 2004. He moved to a Chair in Archaeology at Durham in 2005 and was Head of the Department of Archaeology between 2007 and 2008 before becoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health. UNESCO and Durham University established the UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage with Professor Coningham as first holder in 2014.
Dr Mark J. Manuel (BSc MA PhD)
UNESCO Chair Research Fellow
Dept. of Archaeology
Durham University, UK
Mark completed his BSc and MA in Archaeology at the Department of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford in 2001 and 2003 respectively, and his AHRC-funded PhD at Durham University in 2008. He is currently focusing upon projects in Sri Lanka (Anuradhapura) and Iran (TepePardis, Sialk and Darbagerd). His particular research interests focus upon the development of urban communities in South Asia, the relationship between urban and non-urban communities, the history of South Asian archaeology and archaeological survey methodologies. His PhD research focused upon testing models of the social and political organisation of the Indus Valley Tradition, through an analysis of both published and new survey data from western India. It argued that existing models are routed in ethnocentric interpretations of the archaeological record, and that the adoption ofsystematic approaches to survey and excavation will generate a broader spectrum of data from which to construct future models.
Ven Khenpo Hungtrampa Rinpoche
HungtramKhen Rinpoche was born in 1982 in the Dolpo region of Nepal, into the distinguished Buddhist family lineage of Hungtram. His earliest education was with his grandfather, the Dzogchen master Hungtram Rinpoche At the age of nine he moved with his brother to Kathmandu and entered Shechen Monastery where he received teachings from some of the leading contemporary Nyingma teachers. He excelled in his studies, and graduated from the Shechen Philosophical College (Shedra) earning the highest degree of Khenpo. With his knowledge of the Dharma and command of the Nepali language, Khenpo has translated for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, DrupwangPenor Rinpoche, Trulshik Rinpoche, and ShechenRabjam Rinpoche. In 2007 Khenpo was appointed as the first ever Buddhist Religious leader to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, with the special responsibility to serve the Gurkha battalions in the British Army. He has also accompanied these soldiers on tours of duty in Afghanistan giving both public and private counsel and teachings. Khenpo lives in the UK and teaches in various Buddhist centres, schools, and universities throughout that country.
Member secretary at Lumbini Development Trust, government of Nepal. Project Director: SATIDP/ADB/LDT/PIU, Lumbini. Vice-Chairman: World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth, Thailand.Tamang is a visiting teacher of Lumbini Buddhist University Lumbini, Nepal. Coordinator: National Daily, Gorkhapatra News Paper, Nepal, (Gorkhapatra New-Nepal, Tamang Language Page).Patron, Nepal TamangGhedung. Life Member: Nepal Council of World Affairs. He is also an author of more than a dozen books. He has written the books in Tamang and Nepali languages.He has completed P.G.D. and M.A. in Buddhist studies and carried out management and development of the Monasteries in Nepal.Tamanghas attended more than 20 national and international seminar and conferences. Founder Member: Tamang Academy Nepal.Life member: Linguistic Society of Nepal.Member: Federation of Nepalese Journalist. Vice-Chairman: Nepal Tamang Association. Executive Committee Member: SalakhuKhola Hydro Power Co.Pvt.Chairman: TamsalingUrjaBikas Co. Pvt. Executive Committee Member: KhudabagarAdarsa Collage, Lumbini.
Dr. Kavitaram Shrestha
Worked in the capacity of Vice-Chairman (Equivalent Deputy Minister) in National Board for the Development of Nationalities, Member of the National Development Council, Government of Nepal, 1997-1998, Expert Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for Monitoring National Development Activities; Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, Government of Nepal; May–Oct 1997 and Chairman of the Board of Directors: Nepal Television, Ministry of Information, Government of Nepal, (Dec. 1994 Oct.-1995). Director, National/International Relations: Kist Medical Collage, Lalitpur, 2008-2012 Visiting Professor: University of Aberdeen (2008-2011). Chairman: Consulting Associates for Research and Training Services (CARTS). Principal : Precious National College, Maihpi, Kathmandu (2007-2014). Writer of “MahabhiniskramankaaAswikritPaila,” a research-based Novel on Buddha’s life, Published by LKDM. Global Advisor; LKDM.Coordinator of 1st international symposium, Kathmandu Nepal, 2011. New ERA, Founder; Training and Research Specialist 1973-1985. John Snow Inc/ USAID/Ministry of Health Nepal, (Research Director) 1985-1990. CARTS (executive Director na Researcher) for UNDP, Path, Save the children USA, Save the children UK, 1990-1995. Development Associates, Verginia USA/ Advisor to National Health Training Center, Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal.(1993-1995). Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Baltimore, USA Advisor to National Health Training Center, Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal.(1995-2000). Arshobhacorporation, Kwalalampur, Malaysia, Human Resource Development Consultant, 2000-2004.
Ven. Khenpo Tseten Dorje Rinpoche
Khenpo Tseten ( Tashi) was born in Thimphu (Bhutan) in 1974. In the early 1990s, Khenpo-la joined the Shechen Monastery in Nepal. In 2000 he brilliantly finished his studies in the monastic university of the monastery. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, abbot of the monastery, then entrusted him with responsibility for the same University , which he assumed for three years.
In 2006, Rabjam Rinpoche asked him to move to Nyima Dzong , a Buddhist Dharma Center in France to teach, responding to the repeated request on the Nyima Dzong Center. During a stay at the monastery of Shétchen in 2009, he was inducted Khenpo (master of studies and monastic discipline).
Khenpo-la has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher – he has taught since his 3rd year of studies at the shedra – and he accomplishes every year a one-month retreat. He has deployed since his arrival in Nyima Dzong a very important activity, teaching Buddhist philosophy and practice, leading retreats and leading the organization of important events.
He also often travels to teach and organize retreats at Belgium , Portugal, Spain , Germany and England Dharma Centers.