Jamie Cresswell

Having trained as an actor in London and pursued a career as an actor and Director in theatre film and television and also in Film production Jamie changed his career.

He has been has a practicing Buddhist for 37 years.  In 1989 he took on the position of Director of the Institue of Oriental Philosopy European Centre. This was a Buddhist research and study centre based around an ever growing library covering Buddhism and related topics including all schools and traditions of Buddhism, history, art and culture. 

He studied at the School of Oriental and African studies leaving with a first class honours degree in Buddhist Studies.  He has also carried out other study courses in Buddhism for example at the Sharpham College of Buddhist Enquiry and at The Schumacher Institute. 

In 2012 he created The Centre for Applied Buddhism which focussed on the application of Buddhist philosophy to contemporary issues. Topics are explored through conferences, seminars and workshops and include, Buddhism and creativity, conflict transformation, dialogue techniques, Buddhist action and the SDGs, Global Citizenship and value based education. 

Jamie works in intra-buddhist activities in the UK, Europe and Internationally and also in Interfaith dialogue and inter Religious action. 

Most recently he has been working with Faith for the Climate and Eco-Dharma to support capacity building projects and webinars on the Climate emergency and faith based action. 

Jamie has presented papers on Buddhism at many conferences and seminars and continues to explore how Buddhism can be relevant and valuable in today‚Äôs world.