Doctoral in Buddhist Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Buddhist Studies (three years full-time equivalent) is a rigorous program of advanced study and research. This program is intended to produce graduates with the capacity to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality.

Lumbini Buddhist University (LBU) was established in 2004 at the behest of the 1st World Buddhist Summit held in Lumbini, the birthplace of Shakyamuni Buddha, in 1998. Accepting and following the teachings of Gautam Buddha, LBU is dedicated to core Buddhist values of Maitri, Karūṇā, Muditā and Upkeṡā (Amity, Compassion, Inner Peace, and Forgiveness) in promoting World Peace and Harmony. It is running academic programs and research in the areas of Buddhist Philosophy, Literature, Education and Culture.

Since 2011 LBU has been offering Ph.D. program in  two major streams – core Buddhist studies  and applied Buddhism

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University calls for new applications in the Ph.D. Batch 2024 has been closed

Lumbini Buddhist University calls for application for admission in the Ph.D. Degree Programin the Faculty of Buddhist Studiesfor the academic year 2024.

Before filling up the application form, it is advisable to refer to the program information for gathering basic information about the intended programs and make sure the requirements are fulfilled.

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"I am a Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Buddhist studies at Lumbini Buddhist University. I am interested in increasing my knowledge of Buddhism so I applied for the Ph.D. program. I am busy with dhamma teaching in my country and I am very satisfied to join the online Ph.D. program of LBU. I am very impressed by the level of support, structure, and professors of LBU. The courses for Research Methodology and Buddhist literature are very precious for the students. I have learned so much and it is believed that the skills I have learned through this program will support me in my research work. So, I am very pleased to be a student of LBU."

Dr.Khin Maung Kyi -

Founder and Executive Director of Dhammadipa Buddhism Centre, Myanmar

I feel privileged to have been enrolled in Ph. D. at LBU in my search for an interface where Buddhism meets modern civilization to solve emerging environmental problems.
I hold the belief that we need more than technological advancement and legislative intervention to deal with the ongoing degradation of the environment, over-exploitation of natural resources, conflicts, and threats to mankind and our mother earth. I see a crucial element missing from it to constitute a holistic approach that could lead towards achieving environmental preservation and sustainable development for our healthier, happier, and peaceful coexistence. This missing element is BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHICAL TEACHINGS and the application of its ETHICAL and MORAL CODES in our lives. I, therefore, seek to explore ways to mitigate the environmental problems through a HYBRID APPROACH comprising the blend of Materialistic/Technical and Spiritual/Buddhist approaches.
Out of my passion for Buddhism, I have painted over 50 portraits of Buddha on canvas and have exhibited them both inside and outside Nepal to spread the message of peace, creativity, and harmony. I have attended several international Buddhist conferences, and have been conducting a series of philanthropic and charity events under the umbrella of Buddha Harmony Foundation, of which I am the Founder President. Currently, I am working in Manila as an International Consultant in a Megaproject funded by ADB and JICA. Being a scholar of Science and Technology throughout my life with post-graduate degrees in Engineering from the Universities of Germany and Singapore and a research fellowship at the University of Tokyo Japan, and with over 20 years of professional experience as an Environmental Specialist, Energy Advisor, Program Manager, and Contracts Manager in Infrastructure Development Projects in Nepal and abroad, I have now resolved to undertake doctoral research in Applied Buddhism at LBU, which, I believe, will become an international center for its excellence in Buddhist studies developing Lumbini as an academic hub.

Sandhya Regmi -

(PhD Scholar, LBU. International Consultant, Manila.)


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Application Requirements

Research Papers from Alumni