Anthony (call him ‘Tony’) is born and raised in the Alberta Badlands—de facto dinosaur capital of the universe. After studying in Calgary, Ankara, Poona and Hong Kong, Tony now resides with his partner Yumi as a PhD student in Toronto, where he works under Professors Christoph Emmrich, Srilata Raman and Alicia Turner.
For six years Tony studied at the University of Calgary, completing two degrees and spending three full semesters abroad. For his philosophy thesis, Tony wrote on the personalist (pudgalavāda) school of Buddhist thought, achieving first-class honours. The University of Hong Kong, Centre for Buddhist Studies was the site of his Master work, and included extensive training in Pali literature and Theravāda thought. Tony has been a PhD student at the University of Toronto since 2014, and is currently in his qualifying year under the leadership of Professor Christoph Emmrich.
Tony’s scope of study extends from dinosaurs to bodhisattvas, and includes postcolonial literary theory, Theravāda civilizations and Burmese religious histories. With a background in philosophy and literature, Tony is currently focusing on the critical philology of controversial texts in broad historical and political contexts. He also welcomes discussion on all things Pali, especially as it relates to questions of canonicity, monastic reform and modernity.