Dr Royce Wiles

PhD (South Asian Studies) Australian National University

Dr Royce Wiles is a specialist international educator, researcher and bibliographer. He is at the core of NTI’s academic team as a full-time lecturer and researcher.

Dr Wiles has 30 years of experience in Asian Studies; South Asian Languages (Hindi, Snaskrit, Prakrits, including Pali); Buddhist meditation; lecturing and tutoring; researching management and course development.

He also has extensive experience ranging from specialist historical research; teaching and lecturing; international development; and experience in post-conflict development work; as well as the management of specialist libraries and research programmes.

During his most recent appointment with the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), in Kabul Afghanistan, Dr Wiles worked with Kabul University, the National Museum of Kabul, the National Archives of Afghanistan and other agencies attempting to salvage and rebuild the region’s tertiary education system.

Some of Dr Wiles’ other interesting international professional and academic experience includes:

  • gaining access to rare medieval palm leaf manuscripts held privately in Jaisalmer, India;
  • initiating and managing a research project funded by the United States Insitute of Peace (USIP) on current land issues as they relate to peace-making in Afghanistan;
  • delivering training courses and lectures to Nai journalists and Stanford Law students working on Afghanistan; and
  • providing field work guidance for international PhD scholars and academic advice to Afghan thesis students.

Current Roles

Lecturer, Buddhist Studies, Nan Tien Institute, Wollongong

Previous Roles

  • CELTA (University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) (International House, Sydney) (2003)
  • PhD (ANU) (2000)
  • Graduate Diploma in Librarianship (University of Canberra) (1988)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) (First class honours] (ANU) (1986)
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Auckland) (1979)
  • Manager for information resources and editor of the Afghanistan research newsletter (Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) (Kabul)) (2003-2012)
  • Cataloguing and information management contracts: National Library of Australia, various government departments in Canberra (2001-2003)
  • Lecturer and sessional tutor, Australian National University (and University of Sydney) 1997-2000, 2003
  • 1992-1996 Meditation retreats and study (Thailand, Burma, India, Sri Lanka)
  • South and West Asia Librarian, Australian National University 1983-1992

Research interests

  • Background and history of mettā (loving kindness) teachings
  • Nature of text transmission in the Pali canon
  • Jaina canon research
  • Jaina bibliography

Current research projects

  • Examination of the Pārājikā sections of the Vinaya in the Burmese “Fifth Council” text
  • Textual history of Buddhist “scriptures” (especially in Pali)
  • History of mettā teachings and scholarship
  • Śvetāmbara canonical text publishing

Recent publications

  • (forthcoming 2014) Bibliography of the Shvetambara canon: a descriptive listing of text editions, commentaries, studies and indexes (Leiden: Brill)
  • (forthcoming 2014) “Buddhadasa Bhikkhu” in The Buddhist World (Abingden: Routledge).
  • 2013     “The Jina’s realm: continuities and discontinuities between the Jain, Buddhist and Hindu traditions” (Public lecture at the Art Gallery of South Australia at the opening of an exhibition of Jain, Hindu and Islamic art of India).
  • 2013     “The Sanskrit commentary tradition on Jain texts” Asian and African Studies–Vol. XVI, No. 1 (April 2013): Indian Subcontinent: between Tradition and Modernity. http://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/as
  • 2013     “Protection of Mes Aynak: the unique Buddhist archaeological heritage of Afghanistan” Lecture at the Seminar: “Protection of Mes Aynak: the Unique Buddhist Archaeological Heritage of Afghanistan” 2, March 2013, National Assembly Hall, the House of Representatives of Thailand. http://www.calameo.com/read/0018414622b9cd1cf35ef  
  • 2012     “Trophy libraries and strategic opacity: challenges setting up information management functions for the Afghan legal sector (2003-2011)” In, snapshots of an intervention: the unlearned lessons of Afghanistan’s decade of assistance (2001–11). Berlin/Kabul: Afghanistan Analysts’ Network (AAN).  http://aan-afghanistan.com/uploads/21_Wiles_Trophy_Libraries.pdf
  • 2007     “The first collected edition of Shvetambara Jain canonical texts.” In, Prof. Satya Ranjan Banerjee felicitation volume (Delhi: Eastern Booklinkers, p. [420]-433.
  • 2007 “Mapping Afghanistan.” In, Afghanistan research newsletter (no. 13, April 2007, p. 2-6).

​Teaching interests

  • Buddhist studies
  • Jaina studies
  • Pali pedagogy


TEL: +61 (2) 4258 0762
FAX: +61 (2) 4258 0701
Email: r.wiles@nantien.edu.au