Academic Office


Venerable Dr. Chuan Sheng

Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs / Associate Professor, Full-time 

Venerable Chuan Sheng obtained his BA (Honours) in History from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and PhD in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University. Specializing in Asian history and East Asian international relations, he was an academic staff of NUS for 26 years, before receiving his higher ordination in Taiwan in 2013.

Currently training under his ordination master, Venerable Kwang Sheng, at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, his interests in Buddhist Studies include Pure Land Buddhism and mindfulness meditation. He is Associate Professor and Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs.


Venerable Chuan Xiong

Dean of Academic Affairs/ Lecturer / Chief Editor (Awaken Magazine), Full-time 

Venerable Chuan Xiong was born in Henan Province, China and received his ordination at White Horse Monastery of Luoyang in 1993. He studied at Buddhist College of Minnan (Xiamen) and Buddhist Academy of China (Beijing) from 1997 to 2003. He received his MA and M.Phil degree (Buddhist studies) awarded by Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhism Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, in 2006 and 2009 respectively.

He joined the Buddhist College of Singapore (BCS) in 2009 and was appointed as the Dean of Academic Affairs in 2012. He is also the Chief Editor of Awaken Magazine (Mandarin version).


Venerable Ming Fa

Lecturer, Full-time 

Venerable Ming Fa hails from the Ping Yang prefecture, Zhejiang Province in China. He was ordained in Hong Ji Monastery, Zhejiang province’s Rui An prefecture in 1995, and obtained higher ordination in Mount Wu Tai Bi Shan Monastery, Shanxi province, in 1998.

Venerable Ming Fa received his preparatory, Bachelors’ and Masters’ education in the Buddhist College of Minnan, Xiamen, Fujian province between 1999 and 2008, before holding a lecturing position at the college from September 2008 to July 2012. Subsequently in July 2012, he attended the 3rd National Religious Institute Diaphysis Instructor’s course jointly organized by the State Administration for Religious Affairs of China and Beijing Normal University. He joined the faculty of the Buddhist College of Singapore in January 2013.


Venerable Chuan Qing

Lecturer, Full-time

Venerable Chuan Qing ordained in 1996 and received higher ordination three years later in Yunmen Monastery, Guangdong Province under Venerable Fo Yuan. Between 1999 and 2001, he studied Buddhism and monastic regulations and liturgies in Yunmen Buddhist College and thereafter entered the Buddhist Academy of China.

In 2005, Venerable Chuan Qing embarked upon a journey in learning English and in 2007, he went to the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka for further studies. Subsequently, he completed his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2015. Following that, he joined the Buddhist College of Singapore.


Dr Ji Yun

Deputy Dean of Academic / Chief Librarian / Assistant Professor, Full-time 

Dr. Ji received his B.A. in Literature from Anhui Normal University in 1996, M.A in Literature from Inner Mongolia University in 2003 and PhD from Fudan University in 2006. During the writing of his doctorate dissertation, his research encompasses the study of Buddhism within the philological studies of Buddhist written texts, collecting of biographical materials of monks and the anthropological studies of religion. Eventually, his dissertation “A Study on the Biographies of Eminent Monks” was published in early 2009.

As a fulltime lecturer of BCS, Dr. Ji is now engaged in teaching subjects such as Buddhist Literature, Institution of Buddhist Sangha and Buddhist arts. Dr Ji also assists in overseeing the operation of the college’s Academic Office and the Monastery’s library. Details


Edwin Goh

Senior English Lecturer & Team Leader, Full-time

Mr Edwin Goh was formerly a trained English Language teacher from the Ministry Of Education. He graduated with a Diploma in Education from Nanyang Technological University and has taught at government schools in Singapore. He obtained his Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of New South Wales.

Mr Edwin Goh has taught English to local as well as international students of different backgrounds. He understands the difficulties faced by many ESL/EFL learners. With more than 15 years of language teaching experience, his pedagogy and approaches have made learning of English Language become authentic, interesting and fun for his students. During his leisure time, he enjoys travelling, listening to music and reading.


Mr. Adrian Tang

Adjunct Lecturer, Part-time

Adrian Tang received the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) and Masters of Social Sciences from the National University of Singapore (NUS). During his candidature in NUS, he has been placed on the Dean’s List for meritorious academic performance.

He has been teaching Sociology and other Social Sciences in a number of institutions offering Diploma and Undergraduate programmes. Through his classes, Adrian has managed to effectively introduce his students some of the important theoretical approaches and key concepts in the study of Sociology.

He has presented many interesting ideas that could help his students understand and interpret everyday phenomenon in more creative and unusual ways. He engages and motivates his students to cast a ‘sociological gaze’ on things that previously appear ordinary and mundane and to draw on a range of academic resources to discuss and analyze social issues that are significant.

His research and teaching interests include Social Identity; Social Theory and Practice; Development and Globalization; Southeast Asian Societies; Cultural Studies; Life Course and Ageing; Gender studies; Family and the Economy; Deviance and Social Problems and Urban studies.

Venerable Dr. Rangama Chandawimala Thero

Venerable Dr. Rangama Chandawimala Thero

Assistant Professor, Full-time 

Ordained as a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk in 1983, Venerable graduated from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, in Buddhist Philosophy in 1994. He obtained M.A. in Buddhist Studies from PGIPBS, Sri Lanka in 1997 and PhD from the University of Hong Kong, 2008. He holds a Dip in Ed. from University of Colombo and has been a Dhamma educator since 1996.

Award-winning Publication: “Bodhisattva Practice in Ancient Sri Lanka with Reference to the Abhayagiri Fraternity” 1st prize; Third Korean Conference of Buddhist Studies,2006

Interests: Buddhist history and Buddhist Philosophy. Associate Editor of Humanities Journal, Common Ground Publications, Australia, Vol.5,2008. Details


Venerable Dr. Chang Qing

Assistant Professor, Full-time 

Venerable Dr.Chang Qing, a Singapore Buddhist monk, he ordained in 1989 after he graduated with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Singapore Polytechnic.  He hold a BA in Chinese Literature from the National Taiwan University (1993), PhD in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol (UK, 1998).

He had published several English/Chinese articles and attended several International conferences. He also gave papers for seminars in UK and Singapore. Venerable Dr.Chang Qing gives Dharma Talk and conducted English/Chinese Dharma Classes whenever he is available. Currently he lectures in areas such as Prajna and Madhyamaka Thought in India, the Philosophy of Three Treatise etc.


Venerable Hong Xing

Class Mentor, Nuns’ Campus, Full-time

Venerable Hong Xing was born in Fujian Province. She was ordained in Fu An Zhongde Temple. In the year 2000, she received her higher ordination in Harbin Ji Le Temple.
1999-2005: Completed her preparatory education and Bachelor degree in Minnan Buddhist College in Xiamen, Fujian province.

2005-2011: Held the positions of lecturer and class mentor in Zhongde temple.

2012-2015: Held the position of lecturer at Fu An Longxing Temple.


Ven Zhen Ru

Lecturer , Full-time

Ven Zhen Ru ordained in 2000 and took higher ordination in China’s Fujian Fuzhou Chong Fu Temple in 2003. She graduated in 2005 with  B.A from Minnan Buddhist College, China. From 2006 to 2015, she completed her M.A and Ph.D from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.


Dr. Lee Foong Ming

Assistant Professor, Full-time

Dr Lee Foong Ming graduated from the National University of Singapore and did her postgraduate studies in Buddhist Studies in the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. She specialized in Sarvastivada Abhidharma and received her PhD degree after seven years of studies.

Since her return to Singapore, she has been teaching and has 8 years of experience in teaching Buddhism for academic courses.


Mr. Gu Weikang

Assistant Professor, Full-time

Mr. Gu was part of the first cohort of MA graduates from Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He has traveled to Harvard-Yenching Research Institute, Harvard University as a visiting scholar, specializing in research in Chinese Buddhism and is also the author of numerous articles and books.

A lecturer with many years of experience, Mr. Gu was the former chief editor for The Buddhist Association of the USA and research fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religion.


Mr. Song Choo Beng

Senior Lecturer, Full-time

Song Choo Beng graduated with B. Eng and M. Eng in NUS and subsequently a MBA degree from UNSW. He has experiences in both public and private sectors working in engineering research, strategy management and investment area. He has developed interests in Buddhist research after he took up a Diploma in Buddhist studies at the Buddhist Pali College. He obtained a Master degree in Buddhist studies in 2015 from the University of Hong Kong and is currently working on his PhD in Buddhist Studies. His research interests are early Buddhist philosophy and Buddhist psychology.