Metta Convention 2016

Venerable Mahinda

Abbot of the Aloka Meditation Centre and founder of Metta Round the World

Venerable Mahinda is the founder of the Metta Round the World project, which unites peace-loving people throughout world in the practice of unconditional loving-kindness for world peace, harmony and stability. As part of this initiative, several successful international Metta Conventions have been convened in Singapore, Sri Lanka and Australia.

Currently, Venerable Mahinda is Abbot of the Aloka Meditation Centre in Australia, and Founder and Spiritual Director of the Australian Buddhist Mission Inc. He is Religious Advisor to the Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia, and also the Founder and Spiritual Director of Aloka Foundation, Malaysia.

Ven Matthieu Ricard

Buddhist Monk, Photographer, Author and Humanitarian (Via Video)

A French-born Tibetan Buddhist monk, Ven Matthieu Ricard is dubbed “The Happiest Man in the World” after his brain was imaged in intensive clinical tests at the University of Wisconsin. Formerly a scientist at the Institute Pastuer, he left science in pursuit of happiness, both at the basic human level and as a subject of inquiry.

He is the founder of the humanitarian organisation Karuna-Shechen and author of several books which include Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill and Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World, and A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion.

Chade-Meng Tan

Chairman of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and Co-Chair of One Billion Acts of Peace

Formerly software engineer and motivator at Google, Chade-Meng was given the job title of Jolly Good Fellow after starting groundbreaking mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training course called Search Inside Yourself. He left Google in 2015 to focus on spreading his message and courses on happiness, meditation and spreading world peace.

An international bestselling author and thought leader, Chade-Meng is the Chairman of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and Co-Chair of One Billion Acts of Peace, which has been nominated eight times for the Noble Peace Prize. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in the National University of Singapore.

Dr Tan Ho Soon

Founding Director of Nalanda Institute

A popular Dhamma speaker in Malaysia known for his depth of knowledge in the teachings of the Buddha, Dr Tan is a Marketing and International Business graduate from University of Hertfordshire and he followed that up with a Masters from Universiti Putra Malaysia as well as a Doctorate from the University of Canterbury. He is also a graduate of the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, having studied Buddhist Doctrines, Scriptures, Sociology, History and Linguistics.

He founded the Sri Serdang Buddhist House, a hostel and training facility for Buddhist undergraduates, and also the Nalanda Buddhist Society in Seri Kembangan and currently serves as Advisor of the Society. He also heads the newly established Nalanda Institute of Malaysia as its founding Director.

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Dr Gooi Chien Hoong

Director of the University of New South Wales Psychology Clinic

Dr Gooi is a Clinical Psychologist who has a deep appreciation of Buddhist teachings. Dr Gooi was previously involved in clinical research applying mindfulness practices in the treatment of Generalised Anxiety Disorder at The University of Sydney and also served as the Buddhist Chaplain at the University of New South Wales.

He is a Trustee of the Buddhist Library and Meditation Centre, a member of the Australian Psychological Society, Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists and a regular guest speaker at various Buddhist groups in Sydney. He is currently the Director of the University of New South Wales Psychology Clinic.

Lalith De Silva

Management Consultant

A management consultant, de Silva has been conducting Metta and Leadership Workshops in Sydney, Australia. Formerly Group CEO of Sri Lanka Telecom, de Silva specialises in helping organisations and individuals transform through metta, mindfulness, compassion and altruism.

He is also an ICT and change management expert with more than 30 years of senior global management experience spanning across Australia, South Asia, and the Middle East.

Datuk Seri Dr Victor Wee

Professor at the School of Hospitality and Tourism, Taylor's University

Datuk Seri Dr. Victor Wee is another renowned Dhamma speaker in Malaysia who is a founding member and current President of Buddhist Gem Fellowship. He was a senior economist with the Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister's Department and the former Secretary-General of the Ministry of Tourism. He has also served as Chairman of Tourism Malaysia and Chairman of the Programme Committee of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

He was awarded a Ph.D in Economics from Bristol University, United Kingdom. Currently, he serves as Professor at the School of Hospitality and Tourism, Taylor's University.

Vijaya Samarawickrama

Director of Nalanda Institute

Uncle Vijaya, as he is fondly known, is a prominent figure in Buddhist circles, giving talks by the hundreds in universities, schools, and Dhamma centres each year for the last four decades. A graduate in English and Linguistics from Universiti Malaya and also a Masters degree holder in Drama and Theatre from University of Hawaii, Uncle Vijaya has had a long career in teaching and imparting knowledge in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions including the Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, and Universiti Teknologi MARA. Although retired, his passion for teaching saw him returning to teach World Religions and Theatre in the American Degree Program of Taylor’s College.

Currently Director of Nalanda Institute, he is dedicating his time to imparting his knowledge in the Dhamma. He is also active in promoting Interfaith Understanding among Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists.