Dr. Miroj Shakya – Director
Dr. Miroj Shakya was born in 1978 as a youngest son of the vetaran late Buddhist Scholar Practitioner and Founder of NIEM Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya. He passed SLC examination from Namuna Macchhindra school, Lagankhel, Lalitpur in 1993, Intermediate Level in Science from Patan Multiple Campus in 1996, Bachelor in Science (Physics) (B.Sc) from Tri chandra Campus, Ghantaghar, Kathmandu. As for Buddhist Education, he passed Post Graduate Diploma in Buddhist Education (PGD) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2004. He completed M.A in Religious Studies (Concentration in Buddhist Studies) from University of the West, Los Angeles, California, USA. He completed his Ph.D degree in 2011 in Religious Studies (Cencentration in Buddhist Studies) from University of the West, Los Angeles, California, USA. He learned the ancient Newari scripts used in Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts like Pracalita Nepal Lipi, Ranjana Lipi and Bhujimol Lipi in 1996 from the well known epigraphists of Nepal.
He served as an office secretary of Nagarjuna Institute of Exact Methods from 2000 to 2004. He was also office secretary of Himalayan Buddhist Education Foundation (HBEF), Lalitpur from 2001 to 2003, both in Nepal. In 2004, he accepted the job of Chinese Language Instructor in NIEC, Kathmandu, Nepal. He has been actively and dynamically serving as Project Coordinator of Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon Project (DSBC) and Rare Buddhist Sanskrit Manuscript Preservation Project (RBSMP), a project of University of the west, Rosemead, CA in collaboration with Nagarjuna Institute of Exact Methods. Now he is working with his brother Mr. Milan Shakya on this project. From 2008 to 2011, he served as an Adjunct Faculty specializing in Sanskrit and Pali Languages in Department of Religious Studies, University of the West, Rosemead, CA. Now he has been working as Faculty and Assistant Chair of Department of Religious Studies, University of the West, Rosemead, CA.
As for his language skill, Dr. Shakya knows English, Chinese, Hindi, Nepali, Nepal Bhasa (his mother tongue), Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit and Tibetan.
Participation and presentation in conferences:
In October, 2004, Dr. Shakya attended the PNC Annual meeting Academica Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. He also attended WECSOR Annual meeting, GTU, Berkeley, CA held from March 25 to 26, 2007. He presented his paper on “History of Prajnaparamita texts” in Hsilai Temple Hacienda Height, California. He participated in Americal Academy of Religion (AAR) held in San Deigo from November 17 to 20, 2007. He attended SEAS Department graduate courses as visiting scholar for spring semester in University of California, Berkeley, CA. In December 11 to 12, 2008, he acted as a respondent on the paper presented by Dr. Victor Mair in Conference on Chinese Buddhism: Past, Present & Future in University of the West, Rosemead, CA. He did a joint paper presentation with Late Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya on a paper titled “Towards Comprehensive Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon” in International Joint GIS-IDEAS And PNC/ECAI Conference held in Hanoi University of Technology, Hanoi, Veitnam from December 4 to 6, 2008. In March 23, 2009, he did a poster and paper presentation on “A Sanskrit Buddhist Canon for the 21th century” in CAA International Conference at Williamsburg, VA organized by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and University of Virginia. He was a panelist of the IABU Workshop, in International Buddhist Conference on the United Nations Day of Vesak, Mahachulalonkorrajavidyalaya University, Bangkok, Thailand, a conference held from May 4-6, 2009. He participated in the ECAI workshop at Fudan University, Shanghai. The theme of the workshop is “Cultural Atlas Construction and Planning,” sponsored by Library and Department of Geography of Fudan University, Shanghai. He was a convener of the Sanskrit Language Group of the UCBT at the Meeting on Second Union Catalogue of Buddhist Texts (UCBT) held from Oct 10-12, 2010 in Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Bangkok, Thailand. He presented a paper on “Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon and its Connection with Chinese Buddhist Canon” at an international conference titled “Spreading Buddha’s Words in China: The Formation and Transformation of the Chinese Buddhist Canon,” hosted from March 26 to 27, 2011 by University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He presented paper on “A Study of Bodhisattva Mañjusr?’s Role in the Nine Vaipulya Sutras” at the Fifth International Conference on Buddhist Heritage of Nepal Mandala-2011 held from April 23 to 25, 2011 in Kathmandu, Nepal. He was a Keynote Speaker at the Buddha Birthday Celebration at Berkeley, California organized from May 6, 2012 by Northern California Tamu Samaj, Tamang Society and California Sherpa Association. He presented a paper on, “Digitization of Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts of Nepal” at PNC 2012 Annual Conference and Joint Meetings (Dec 7 to 9, 2012) , School of Information, University of California at Berkeley, California, USA; presented paper on “Digital Preservation of Sanskrit Buddhist texts” held from pril 25-26, 2013 at the Workshop at Russian State University of Humanities, Moscow, Russia. He participated as a Distinguished guest at the 2013 International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch’an held from July 29– August 8, 2013 at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. May 6-11, He did a paper Presentation, “Digital Preservation of Sanskrit Buddhist texts” at 11th anniversary celebration and International Buddhist Conference of United Nations Day of Vesak 2014, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Editor, Catalog of Digitized Rare Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts, Vol 2, Rosemead CA, University of the West 2014 (Forthcoming)
Co-Author, Life of Arniko and his contribution to the Buddhist Heritage of China, China Study Center, Nepal 2015 (Forthcoming)
Co-editor, Sacred Art of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal: Handicraft Association of Nepal, 2013.(Revised edition)
Editor, Catalog of Digitized Rare Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts: Vol 1, Rosemead, CA: University of the West, 2010
Article on “Bodhicitta” Paleswan Journal Vol. 19, Lalitpur: Nepal Lotus Research Center, 2002.
Courses taught in University of the West
South Asian Texts & Cultures (Graduate Course)
Indian Buddhism (Graduate Course)
Religions of the East (Undergraduate course)
Religions in India (Graduate course)
First Year Sanskrit I (Undergraduate course)
First Year Sanskrit II (Undergraduate course)
Second Year Sanskrit I (Graduate course)
Second Year Sanskrit II (Graduate course)
First Year Pali I (Undergraduate course)
First Year Pali II (Undergraduate course)
Second Year Pali I (Graduate course)
Second Year Pali II (Graduate course)