Premadasa is a Buddhist yogi, a monk, a priest, one who has “Left Home” (Tokudo) ordained by Maitri Avalokita with the Sarvastivada Buddhist Order. He is on the path to the perfection of wisdom through love and he is the founder of GnoTruth.com.
Upon formally engaging in the Five Precepts (Thich Nhat Hanh calls them the Five Mindfulness Trainings. Pali: pañcasīlāni; Sanskrit pañcaśīlāni), under the guidance of Thich Minh Huu, he received the name Nguyễn Giác.
Premadasa attended the Evergreen State College where he focused on Western psychology and Buddhist psychology, writing, Native American studies (the study of attempted genocide in North and South America), and computer science. Here are what some of his professors at Evergreen had to say about him.
- B.A., Human Biology, Stanford University,
- 1983; Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 1989.
Steven is an engaged and intellectually capable human being. He is a thoughtful contributor to group conversations, making notable contributions by integrating theory, cultural awareness, and practice. He has demonstrated competence in peer counseling. He is open and non-defensive about supervision.
Steven completed a multicultural autobiography project which consisted of family interviews in a dynamic film about cultural lineages in his family. His film was featured in a campus wide day of dialogue on intergenerational healing. Additionally, Steven created a film on community based learning that was featured in a regional conference.
Steven has skilfully co-facilitated 2 mindfulness based group experiences, drawing on his strong background in mindfulness practice. He demonstrated a growing understanding of group process and group dynamics.
Steven completed an internship in Buddhist Psychology at Chua LIen Hoa (the Lotus Temple), a local Vietnamese temple. He has gained valuable experience working cross-culturally and deepening in his study of Buddhism.
The academic work Steven did is strong. He has demonstrated breadth in individual counseling skill building, understanding the intersection of multiple identities, and understanding complex relationships among privilege, power and oppression. He has an excellent ability to examine multicultural issues from a multidimensional perspective.
- B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1976;
- B.A., Mathematics, Western Washington University, 1978;
- M.S., Software Engineering, Seattle University, 1985;
- M.S., Computer Science, University of Washington, 1996.
Steven is a good contributor and is always willing to ask questions and raise thought-provoking issues — some quite profound. At the same time, he is willing to listen to others. His writing is always clear and well-organized. His writing is crisp and coherent. He doesn’t seem to have any trouble getting his thoughts down. His ‘strange utopian’ paper, “Stefo Boanerges” (“Crowned Son of Thunder”), a combination mesage from the future and lyrical chant was an amazing tour de force that I can readily see published somewhere. His paper, “Thinking and Acting Tools: ICTs and Communities” addressed a variety of important issues including the role of Buddhism in the information age. Steven regularly goes beyond the required amount of work.
- B.S. Biology & Philosophy, Reed College;
- Ph.D. Graduate Studies, University of Minnesota
Steven studied ecological restoration, he conducted an extensive review of recent scholarship in this discipline. Eric Higgs’ Nature by Design was a central text that identified key debates among restoration ecologists. His 30 page research paper on this material demonstrated superb understanding of key positions, independent analysis of these positions, and sophisticated awareness of the cultural, ethical, and practical implications of these positions. His paper presented a cogent and well-supported argument for incorporating indigenous perspectives and practices into ecological restoration.
- B.S., Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1976 (with honors); Junior Year Transfer to University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 1974–75
- Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, College of Forest Resources, 1983
- Honorary Ph.D., Brown University, 2014
- Fundamentals of Ecology Course, Organization of Tropical Studies, Costa Rica, summer, 1979
- Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, 1983–84
Steven is an extremely hard-working and engaged individual. He has a positive attitude toward learning and intense desire to take in all he can from his surroundings. He constantly asks questions and strives to understand. At times, his comments are surprising (e.g. religion and environmentalism), but his peers take in what he has to say with respect and understanding: they tend to look to him for insight.