Education: M.Div. Harvard University M.A. University of Hong Kong B.A. Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University
Venerable Priya Rakkhit Sraman joined Tufts University in 2016 as Buddhist in Residence. In 2018, he was appointed the Buddhist Chaplain of the University. He was a tremendous gift to the University Chaplaincy, and ended his time at Tufts in January 2021.
Born in Chottogram, Bangladesh, Venerable Priya became a monastic of the Theravada Buddhist School in 2003 at the age of 11. Ever since, he has travelled to Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Hong Kong to pursue academic studies of Buddhism. He spent six years in Sri Lanka learning Pali and Sanskrit and another four years in Thailand earning his B.A. in Buddhist Studies. After that, he received a M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Hong Kong and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.
Besides engaging with Buddhism academically, Venerable Priya has been practicing meditation and Buddhist spirituality while living with and among different religious communities.
Venerable Priya is interested in exploring Buddhist practices for social and personal harmony. He is also interested in teachings and practices from other spiritual traditions which expound on one’s psycho-physical wellbeing.
Venerable Priya is grateful for his post at Tufts University for allowing him the opportunity to engage with a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff with curious and open minds. He also hopes to make his residency a good opportunity for the Tufts community to learn more about Buddhist spirituality. He welcomes everyone to the meditation sessions and dharma discussions at the University Chaplaincy to practice, discuss, and explore about spirituality and about each other, together.
Venerable Priya’s other interests include photography, cooking and occasional hiking.