About the WBR
The Western Buddhist Review vol. 1 was launched in 1994, under Kamalashila’s editorship, as the peer-reviewed scholarly journal of the Western Buddhist Order. Further volumes, edited by Abhaya, Nāgapriya, Jñānaketu and Dhivan, appeared at intervals of years, in paperback and then online, each volume continuing a tradition of high-quality writing on themes in traditional Buddhism, modern western Buddhism, and Buddhism and the Arts – participating in the ongoing life of Buddhism as it develops in the modern world, and in what is now called the Triratna Buddhist Order and community. With the launch of vol. 7 on a new website, the most recent editors are pleased to keep a well-established publication going into the future.
Dhivan Thomas Jones
Dhivan Thomas Jones was born in Somerset, UK. After a PhD in the philosophy of love at the University of Lancaster, he spent 10 years living and working with Buddhists in Cambridge, and was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2004. He returned to academic life by way of an MPhil in Sanskrit at the University of Cambridge in 2008 and now teaches religious studies and philosophy at the University of Chester, while continuing with research into early Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy.
Silavādin Maynard Vasen
Silavadin Meynard Vasen was born in Groningen, Netherlands. He lived as a care-worker in Steiner communities for more than 20 years, during which time he came across Triratna in Amsterdam. He started studying philosophy in 2005 while in his late 40's, and finished in 2013 with a thesis on Buddhist ethics. He lived 4 years in Vajraloka meditation centre from where he was ordained in 2016. After that he returned to the Netherlands, where he continues to practise philosophy as a part of Buddhist life.
Matt Drage was born in London, UK. He started practicing with Triratna in 2008, asked for ordination in 2012, and received his invitation to join the Order in spring 2020. In 2017 he completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge's Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, studying the history of the secular mindfulness meditation movement in Britain and America. He is currently working to develop a scholarly approach to the study of Buddhist history grounded in Sangharakshita's presentation of the Dharma.