Dr. Miroj ShakyaDr. Miroj Shakya is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at University of the West, Rosemead, California, USA. His research interests include Sanskrit language, Literature, Pali language, Buddhist canon, Indian Mahayana Buddhism, Newar Buddhism, and Hinduism. He is currently serving as Project Coordinator of Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon Project (www.dsbcproject.org) and Rare Buddhist Sanskrit Manuscript Preservation Project at the University of the West. He is also serving as Director of Nagarjuna Institute of Buddhist Studies, Lalitpur, Nepal. He has been serving as a founder member of the Great Compassion Fund, Los Angeles which provides funds for food, and financial support for poor people of Nepal (greatcompassionfund.org).
He was Convener of the Sanskrit Language Working Group, Union Catalog of Buddhist Texts sponsored by the International Association of Buddhist Universities (IABU), Bangkok, Thailand. He was editor of “Catalog of Digitized Rare Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscript Vol. 1 (2010) and Vol.2 (2019)” and co-editor of a book titled “Sacred Art of Nepal” (2013). He was awarded the Straniak Foundation Grant through the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, the University of California for Spring semester 2008. He spent a semester as a Visiting scholar at ECAI, International Area Studies, The University of California, Berkeley in 2008.