[Blog] “Did Women Produce Buddhist Texts in Medieval China? And Does it Matter if they did?” Lecture by Stephanie Balkwill

By Sarah Fink Photo courtesy of Carol Lee (UBC Frogbear) On January 30, 2020, Dr. Stephanie Balkwill gave a lecture at the University of British Columbia titled, “Did Women Produce Buddhist Texts in Medieval China? And does it matter if they did?”. Dr. Balkwill is an Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture and East Asian … Continue reading [Blog] “Did Women Produce Buddhist Texts in Medieval China? And Does it Matter if they did?” Lecture by Stephanie Balkwill

[Blog] The Oriental Nun and Representation of Buddhist Female Monastics or Monasticism

By Ngoc Le On June 3, 2019 I had a chance to sit down with Elizabeth Guthrie, PhD Candidate at the University of Waterloo, to chat about her conference paper at Congress at the University of British Columbia. Titled “Jane Iwamura’s Virtual Orientalism and the Oriental “Nun,”” the paper is presented at the Canadian Society … Continue reading [Blog] The Oriental Nun and Representation of Buddhist Female Monastics or Monasticism

[Blog] New Paths in Teaching Buddhist Studies Conference Report

By John Negru, Independent scholar, publisher at Sumeru Books SESSION 3 COMPLICATING MEDITATION IN THE CLASSROOM Context New Paths in Teaching Buddhist Studies was a conference at the University of Toronto, Robert H.N. Ho Centre for Buddhist Studies, in February 2020, organized by Dr. Frances Garrett, Dr. Sarah Richardson, and Dr. Betsy Moss. The focus … Continue reading [Blog] New Paths in Teaching Buddhist Studies Conference Report

[Blog] Lecture Report: “Through Altruism to Ultimate Enlightenment” Lecture by Dr. Rey Sheng Her, Director of Tzu Chi Foundation and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University

Report by Sarah FinkPosted on March 5, 2020Photos by Amy Wu and Sheley Kuo On November 7, 2019, Dr. Rey-Sheng Her gave a lecture at UBC titled, “Through Altruism to Enlightenment.” Dr. Her is currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University and adjunct Associate Professor at National Chengchi University. He has served as the Spokesman … Continue reading [Blog] Lecture Report: “Through Altruism to Ultimate Enlightenment” Lecture by Dr. Rey Sheng Her, Director of Tzu Chi Foundation and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University

[Blog] Lecture Report: A Place for Doubt: The Theory and Practice of “Questioning Meditation” (Kanhwa Sŏn 看話禪 ) in Korean Zen Buddhism

Report by Sarah FinkPosted on December 16, 2019Photos by Yaoyao Pei Re-posted with permission from the Tianzhu Buddhist Network and From the Ground Up: Buddhism and East Asian Religions Program Inaugural Lecture for the UBC Tianzhu-Hurvitz Lecture SeriesA Place for Doubt: The Theory and Practice of “Questioning Meditation” (Kanhwa Sŏn 看話禪) in Korean Zen BuddhismLecture … Continue reading [Blog] Lecture Report: A Place for Doubt: The Theory and Practice of “Questioning Meditation” (Kanhwa Sŏn 看話禪 ) in Korean Zen Buddhism

[Blog] In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice (October 25-27, 2019): A research convening report

Charwei Tsai, Driftwood (detail), 2011. Exhibition view: Sumi ink on driftwood; dimensions variable. Elemental Light, TKG+, Taipei, Taiwan. Photo: Courtesy of the artist By Marina DiMaio In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice is a major multiphase research and exhibition project being developed by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV), led by Curator … Continue reading [Blog] In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice (October 25-27, 2019): A research convening report

[Blog] “All Living Beings Have Buddha-Nature”—the Genesis of the Concept of Universal Buddhahood: Report on Lecture by Dr. Michael Zimmermann at UBC

By Sarah Fink Photo courtesy of Carol Lee (UBC FROGBEAR) On October 7, 2019, Dr. Michael Zimmermann delivered a lecture at the University of British Columbia titled, “All Living Beings Have Buddha-Nature”—the Genesis of the Concept of Universal Buddhahood. Dr. Zimmermann is a Professor of Indian Buddhism at the Asien-Afrika-Institut of Hamburg University. He also … Continue reading [Blog] “All Living Beings Have Buddha-Nature”—the Genesis of the Concept of Universal Buddhahood: Report on Lecture by Dr. Michael Zimmermann at UBC

[Blog] “Thai Forest Buddhism Enters the British Columbian Forest,” a talk by Luke Clossey and Karen Ferguson at Simon Fraser University

By Liam Foster How do we tell Buddhist histories? The diversity of belief amongst Buddhists makes this question puzzling. On October 4th, 2019, Dr. Clossey and Dr. Ferguson of Simon Fraser University told the story of Tom West, better known now as the Venerable Ajahn Sona, from his time as a lay hermit to becoming … Continue reading [Blog] “Thai Forest Buddhism Enters the British Columbian Forest,” a talk by Luke Clossey and Karen Ferguson at Simon Fraser University

[Blog] Premodern Japanese Studies International Conference at McGill, 10-11 October 2019

By Alex Dieplam The “Premodern Japanese Studies International Conference” took place on 10-11 October 2019, under the auspices of McGill University – School of Religious Studies, CREOR, BDK Canada, and the Japan Foundation. Seventeen papers on premodern Japan were presented in English and Japanese over two days, and the topics ranged from exchanges between different … Continue reading [Blog] Premodern Japanese Studies International Conference at McGill, 10-11 October 2019

[Blog] Autumn Canadian Conferences

A guest post by Dr. Jeffrey Kotyk This autumn I had the opportunity to attend two major conferences dealing with Buddhist Studies and more broadly Asian Studies, both of which were hosted at Canadian institutions. It is always heartening to see an international community come together at a university in Canada, much like in August … Continue reading [Blog] Autumn Canadian Conferences