Hyecho’s Journey: A Reflection on the 2017 Inaugural Public Lecture by Professor Donald Lopez at the University of Toronto

On the 17th of April, 2017, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto hosted its inaugural public lecture. The speaker was Professor Donald S. Lopez Jr., Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at [...]

A Reflection on Dr. James Robson’s Public Lecture on Meditation, Mindfulness and Mental Health at Emmanuel College

After reading the title of Dr. Robson's lecture, "A Crazy History of Buddhism: On Buddhist Mental Institutions and Meditation / Mindfulness," I anticipated a very interesting evening. Indeed, Dr. Robson did not disappoint his audience. Dr. Robson is the James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. His [...]

A Reflection on Dr. Cuilan Liu’s Visit to McMaster’s Religious Studies Department on December 15, 2016

On December 15th of 2016, Religious Studies faculty and students welcomed Dr. Cuilan Liu to our department as a guest lecturer. Dr. Liu is an Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on relationships between Buddhism and the State during the middle period [...]

A Reflection on Dr. Asuka Sango’s Yehan Numata Reading Group at McMaster University on December 2, 2017

A write-up of Dr. Sango's reading group on Medieval Japanese Buddhism at McMaster University.

A Reflection on Dr. Lewis Lancaster’s Visit to Fo Guang Shan Temple on October 9th, 2016.

Walking through the forest on an autumn day, we appreciate the lovely red, yellow and orange colours of the leaves. We smell them and hear them under our feet as we hike along. Yet our encounters with the forest are very much akin to virtual reality. Our experiences of the colourful, fragrant leaves and the [...]

A Reflection on Dr. Victor Hori’s Public Dharma Talk at Fo Guang Shan Temple

An enthusiastic group of volunteers, community members and scholars gathered at Fo Guang Shan temple in Mississauga on Sunday, May 29th 2016 to learn about the past, present and future of Buddhism in Canada. Dr. Victor Hori was the distinguished guest speaker. Dr. Hori is a post-retirement Associate Professor of Japanese religion at McGill University. [...]

A Report on McMaster’s Religious Studies Department’s 50th Anniversary of Graduate Studies Celebration

McMaster's Religious Studies Department was a hub of activity on the weekend of May 13-14 2016, as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our graduate program. The weekend commenced with an opening reception and barbecue on Friday evening. Saturday began with a 50th-anniversary luncheon, during which we heard from Professor Eileen Schuller, the Dean of [...]

A Reflection on McMaster’s Religious Studies Department’s Final Yehan Numata Reading Group with Dr. Levi McLaughlin

The Religious Studies department at McMaster University wrapped up its 2015-2016 Yehan Numata Buddhist Studies Program on Friday, April 8 2016. Our department hosted Dr. Levi McLaughlin from the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Carolina State University. Dr. McLaughlin's research interests include Chinese and Japanese religions, methodologies and theories employed in Religious [...]

A Post-Reading Group Reflection on Jowita Kramer’s Visit to McMaster University’s Religious Studies Department

On Friday, March 18 2016, the Religious Studies Department at McMaster University hosted our second Yehan Numata Reading Group. Our guest scholar was Dr. Jowita Kramer from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Munich, Germany). Dr. Kramer's research focus is on the history and philosophy of Tibetan and Indian Buddhism, intertextuality in Buddhist commentarial literature and considerations of authorship. [...]

A Reflection on McMaster’s Religious Studies Department’s Yehan Numata Lecture with Dr. Constantino Moretti

On Friday, February 12th 2016, several members of McMaster's Religious Studies department took a break from our usual work to join Dr. Costantino Moretti in embarking upon a fascinating journey to the Chinese underworld. Dr. Moretti was our second speaker for the 2015-2016 University of Toronto / McMaster University Numata Buddhist Studies Program. He is [...]