Academic Office


Venerable Dr. Chuan Sheng

Vice-Rector (Academic Affairs and Advisor) / 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 Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs. In June 2018, he was redesignated as Vice Rector (Academic Affairs and Advisor).


Venerable Dr. Chuan Qing

Assistant Professor, 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 in 2015.

Venerable Dr. Rangama Chandawimala Thero

Venerable Dr. Rangama Chandawimala Thero

Associate 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 Chuan Hang

Lecturer, Full-time

Venerable Chuan Hang obtained a BA and an MA before he became a monk. He received 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 joined BCS as Class Mentor in 2014 and became a lecturer in 2016.


Dr. Ji Yun

Deputy Dean of Academic / Chief Librarian / Associate 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


Ms. Jacqueline Tan

Senior Lecturer, Full-time

Jacqueline has a business degree from James Cook University as well as a Diploma in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from London Teacher Training College. In 2017, she graduated with a Master of Education (English Language) from the National Institute of Education / Nanyang Technological University.

Besides teaching ESL to international students, she also has experience in teaching English Conversational Skills to hotel housekeeping staff, basic adult literacy and CV writing to hotel management students. She joined BCS in 2016.


Ms. Julia Loo

Lecturer, Full-time

Julia graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology. Instead of pursuing a career related to her field of study, she found an even greater passion in the English Language. Fuelled by this passion, she went on to obtain a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) qualification from the British Council in 2004. Since then, she has slowly but steadily amassed years of experience from teaching at two of Singapore's most reputable institutions. She has taught scores of students from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam and equipped them with the essential language skills to advance both academically and professionally. She particularly enjoys the dynamic exchanges of cultures, ideas and perspectives with her students. Her lessons are delivered with fun, humour and creativity and she gets inspired a lot by her students, from whom she has also learnt a great deal.


Venerable Chuan Xiong

Vice-Rector (Academic Affairs and Dean) / Senior 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 June 2009 and was appointed as the Dean of Academic Affairs in 2012. He is also the Chief Editor of Awaken Magazine (Mandarin version). He was appointed as Vice-Rector (Academic Affairs) in June 2018.


Venerable Dr. Chang Qing

Assistant Professor, Part-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 Dr.Chuan Xuan

Assistant Professor, Full-time 

Born in 1979, Sichuan, China, Venerable Dr. Chuan Xuan became a Buddhist novice monk in 1998. He devoted the years before and after his full ordination under the Most Venerable Master Mingshan at Nanshan Monastery, Zhangzhou, Fujian, in 2000 to the learning of the Buddha-dharma and to the study of monastic stipulations at a variety of monasteries in Sichuan and Fujian.

In 2005, he came to Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery in Singapore to live under the tutelage of the Most Venerable Kwang Sheng and at whose order he left, together with a number of dharma brothers, for further studies overseas. Successively, Venerable Dr. Chuan Xuan studied at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka (2005-2011), SOAS, UK (2011-2013) and the University of Ghent, Belgium (2013-2018), and obtained his BA, MA and PhD degrees at the respective institutions. In 2018, Venerable Dr. Chuan Xuan returned to Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery and joined the teaching faculty of the Buddhist College of Singapore.



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

Associate 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.