[Event] McGill: D.T. Suzuki and the Invention of Zen Tradition by Victor Hori (October 10, 2018)

D.T. Suzuki died in 1966. During his lifetime, he was lauded as the authority on Japanese Zen Buddhism. In the 50 years since his death, critics have castigated him severely and destroyed his reputation, claiming his Zen is both an “invented tradition” and an expression of Japanese nationalism. Can anything be said in his defence? … Continue reading [Event] McGill: D.T. Suzuki and the Invention of Zen Tradition by Victor Hori (October 10, 2018)

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2018-19 Winter Program of Lecture Series, Conference_Forum, and Fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures

[CFA] 2018-19 Winter Program of Lecture Series, Conference/Forum, and Fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures

The Sheng Yen Education Foundation, Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA), the Buddhist Studies Forum at the University of British Columbia (UBC-BSF) in Vancouver, Canada, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Buddhism (CEIB) in Paris, France cordially invite applications for a 10-day program of … Continue reading [CFA] 2018-19 Winter Program of Lecture Series, Conference/Forum, and Fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures

A Reflection on the International and Intensive Program on Buddhist at UBC

A Reflection on the International and Intensive Program on Buddhist at UBC

The International and Intensive Program on Buddhism was held at University of British Columbia from July 27 to August 15, 2018. This program consisted of six seminars delivered by six international scholars. Each seminar combined a close reading of primary sources with lectures on the implications of the study of these sources. I was very … Continue reading A Reflection on the International and Intensive Program on Buddhist at UBC

Echoes of the Sacred_ Creating the Sand Mandala of Green Tara

[Events] UofT: Echoes of the Sacred: Creating the Sand Mandala of Green Tara (October 3-5, 2018)

Join The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies, UofT, for this three-day special event which includes the production and dissolution of a Sand Mandala, discussions on the Buddhist concepts of Karma and the Bardo, as well as a Buddhist film series. Tibetan teachers Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche and Tulku Dawa Gyatso Rinpoche, … Continue reading [Events] UofT: Echoes of the Sacred: Creating the Sand Mandala of Green Tara (October 3-5, 2018)

Reading Buddhism in Stone_ Steles of Eminent Monks in the Later Confucian Joseon Korea (1600-1910)

[Event] UofCalgary: Reading Buddhism in Stone: Steles of Eminent Monks in the Later Confucian Joseon Korea (1600-1910)

Steles are impressive works of masonry that have been the ultimate medium for touting the illustrious lives of eminent monks. The engraved biographies on these stones are a record of the most prestigious monks and are thus representations of ideal Buddhist images held in the highest esteem. Secular claims are however an important aspect of … Continue reading [Event] UofCalgary: Reading Buddhism in Stone: Steles of Eminent Monks in the Later Confucian Joseon Korea (1600-1910)

Mental Health in Bhutan_ Listening for Bridges

[Event] UBC: Mental Health in Bhutan: Listening for Bridges

Western modes of understanding and treating mental illness arrived in Bhutan in the 1990’s and co-exist with traditional healing approaches based in Buddhism and an adaptation of Tibetan medicine.  In this talk Dr. Tietjen will discuss the state of mental health treatment in Bhutan today. Based on her experience of providing psychotherapy to Bhutanese patients … Continue reading [Event] UBC: Mental Health in Bhutan: Listening for Bridges

The Visual Culture of Buddhist Maṇḍalas at Dunhuang

[Guest Lecture] UBC: The Visual Culture of Buddhist Maṇḍalas at Dunhuang by Michelle C. Wang (Georgetown University)

Between the eighth to tenth centuries, profound developments in Buddhist practice and Buddhist art were underway in the Silk Road oasis city of Dunhuang, located in northwestern China.  These were precipitated by the interaction between the Chinese and Tibetan populations of Dunhuang, the traces of which can be seen in Buddhist paintings and manuscripts from … Continue reading [Guest Lecture] UBC: The Visual Culture of Buddhist Maṇḍalas at Dunhuang by Michelle C. Wang (Georgetown University)

Taixu_s Global Buddhist Movement and His Discourse on Civilization_ A Study Centered around the 1920s

[Guest Lecture] UBC: Taixu’s Global Buddhist Movement and His Discourse on Civilization: A Study Centered around the 1920s

The Glorisun Global Network for Buddhist Studies @ UBC, with administrative support from the UBC SSHRC partnership grant project FROGBEAR (From the Ground Up: Buddhism & East Asian Buddhism), proudly presents a lecture by Professor GONG Jun 龔隽 (Department of Philosophy at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China). Taixu’s Global Buddhist Movement and His Discourse on Civilization: … Continue reading [Guest Lecture] UBC: Taixu’s Global Buddhist Movement and His Discourse on Civilization: A Study Centered around the 1920s

14 Apples & Ala Changso

[Event Announcement] VIFF: 14 Apples & Ala Changso (October 1-10, 2018)

This year, VIFF presents two documentaries with a Buddhist focus. Check the list below for details. October 1 & 10: 14 Apples Shisi ke pingguo Gateway | Gateway Frequent VIFF visitor Midi Z’s third documentary is an extraordinary and subtle film about Wang Shin-hong, an actor who suffers from insomnia. Wang has been the main … Continue reading [Event Announcement] VIFF: 14 Apples & Ala Changso (October 1-10, 2018)

From Tranquility(ji 寂) to Illumination (zhao 照)_ The Jizhao Temple in the Context of Social Changes in Dali Prefecture

[Guest Lecture] UBC: From Tranquility (ji 寂) to Illumination (zhao 照): The Jizhao Temple in the Context of Social Changes in Dali Prefecture by XUAN Fang, Academy for Advanced study of Religion, RUC

The Jizhao temple, which name means tranquility and illumination, is located on Mount Cangshan of Dali Prefecture. It was established in the early years of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and was rebuilt in 1919 by the Yunnan Governor Tang Jiyao. Its status as a Buddhist temple resumed in the early 1980s, when it changed from a … Continue reading [Guest Lecture] UBC: From Tranquility (ji 寂) to Illumination (zhao 照): The Jizhao Temple in the Context of Social Changes in Dali Prefecture by XUAN Fang, Academy for Advanced study of Religion, RUC