Dr M.V. Ram Kumar Ratnam, Professor, Centre for Mahayana Buddhist Studies, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar, had formal training in philosophy under Professor C. Ramaiah at Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. His doctoral research deals with the Theravada conception of dukkha. His first book on the Concept of Dukkha in Indian Philosophy with Special Reference to Early Buddhism deals with the different facets of understanding and means for the annihilation of dukkha. Currently he is working on a project entitled: The Relevance of Buddhist Values in Contemporary Society. Professor Ram Kumar Ratnam published many papers in journals of international repute and presented papers in many national and international seminars on Buddhism.