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Dr Phra Nicholas Thanissaro

Phra Nicholas Thanissaro

Associate Fellow

WRERU, Centre for Education Studies

University of Warwick

Coventry CV4 7AL


Research Interests

Phra Nicholas's research interests lie in the quantitative (mainly, but not exclusively) study of Buddhists' religion and education through personality type and mapping of attitudes. He is currently reworking his PhD dissertation entitled Templegoing Teens: the Religiosity and Identity of Buddhists growing up in Britain for publication.

Professional and Editorial Experience

Phra Nicholas has peer-reviewed Buddhist and alternative spirituality content ad hoc for:

Academic Societies

Member of the American Psychological Association Division 36

Full member of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values

Member of the UK Association for Buddhist Studies

Recent Publications

Book Chapters

Postsecularity in Twenty Questions. In Justin Beaumont (Ed) The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity. London: Routledge (Chapter 30, in press), 2018. ISBN 978-1-13823414-7

Other Religious perspectives: Buddhist. In Brian Gates (Ed) Religion and Nationhood. Insider and outsider perspectives on Religious Education in England. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 158-162, 2016. ISBN 978-3-16-154729-4

Book Reviews

Book Review: Understanding Young Buddhists: living out ethical journeys, Journal of Religion in Europe (in press), 2018.

Book review - Buddhist Understanding of Childhood Spirituality: The Buddha’s Children, Journal of Contemporary Religion 33 (1) 159-160, 2018.

Journal Articles

The attitudes of British Buddhist teens towards school and Religious Education, International Journal of Children's Spirituality 23 (2), 180-195, 2018.

Beyond Precepts in Conceptualizing Buddhist Leadership, Journal of Buddhist Ethics 25, 119-145, 2018.

Buddhist shrines: bringing sacred context and shared memory into the home, Journal of Contemporary Religion 33 (2) 319-335, 2018.

Full list of publications