Dr. Kumanga Andrahennadi (Ph.D.)
Dr. Kumanga Andrahennadi is a Mindfulness Researcher, Educator and a Consultant with over 20 years of experience in delivering mindfulness-based programmes in the West for children, young people and adults. Dr. Andrahennadi founded the organisation CALM: Centre for Advanced Learning of Mindfulness in the U.K. Under CALM, she continues to deliver specialist onsite and online mindfulness-based programmes within the public, private and government sectors including to Mental Health, Education, Police Organisations and Private Corporations in the U.K. and internationally. Through CALM, she is honoured to have co-organised the first-ever dialogue between His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and a Western Police Force (the Metropolitan Police, U.K.) which took place as a live online dialogue on the 8th of July 2020 (watch the full dialogue here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EDL8ITjJ-w).
Dr. Andrahennadi is also the founder of Mindfulness-Based Design Practice (MBDP), a novel learning framework incorporating methods of Mindfulness, Water and Bohmian Dialogue in support of 21st Century Education. The MBDP framework was developed through her Ph.D. research at the University of Dundee, Scotland, U.K., and is the first contemplative framework in the world that has been developed specifically for the field of Design Education.
Dr. Andrahennadi has studied directly under Eminent Buddhist Masters such as H. H. the Dalai Lama and Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh. Her Ph.D. research, grounded on the ‘deep path’ (Buddhist philosophical framework) of mindfulness, has been supported and guided by the Internationally Acclaimed Buddhist Masters; H.H. the 17th Karmapa, H.E. Mingyur Rinpoche and Prof. Ringu Tulku Rinpoche. Dr. Andrahennadi has also completed the Teacher Training Retreats for Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford, U.K., Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Bangor, U.K. and Mindfulness-Based Education Programme under Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh at the Plum Village in France.
As a Consultant/Senior Lecturer within the Pali and Buddhist Studies Department at the University of Sri Jayewardhanapura, Sri Lanka, Dr. Andrahennadi is currently developing the very first mindfulness-based Degree Programme for Sri Lanka entitled, BA (Hons) in Applied Mindfulness. Originally from the Buddhist country of Sri Lanka, she has been able to deeply experience the value systems of both the ‘deep path’ (Buddhist framework of mindfulness) as well as the ‘wide path’ (Western framework of mindfulness) through her life long experience as a Buddhist practitioner, and a Mindfulness Researcher/Educator in the West. Thus, Dr. Andrahennadi continues to work internationally to help promote the message of how developing inner peace can inspire peace within families, communities and nations.