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

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

Writing on the Wall: Manuscripts & Caves – A Talk by Professor Eugene Wang at Research Roundtable: East Asian Manuscript and Print as Harbingers of the Digital Future

The significance of manuscript and print culture in the historical transmission of religion, art, and literature in East Asia can be paralleled with today’s digital media. The transition from manuscript to print and the historical development of reading and printing techniques in pre-modern Asia may inform our understanding of the modern transition from print to … Continue reading Writing on the Wall: Manuscripts & Caves – A Talk by Professor Eugene Wang at Research Roundtable: East Asian Manuscript and Print as Harbingers of the Digital Future

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

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

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

Buddhism and Art of Japan: Sengai Gibon and Sesshu Toyo in Opposite Directions by Lee Jay Walker

Poster painting credits (from left to right, top to bottom): Ama-no-Hashidate (Sesshu Toyo), Landscape of the Four Seasons (Sesshu Toyo), Hotei waking up from a nap (Sengai Gibon), The Circle (Sengai Gibon), Frog in Zen Meditation (Sengai Gibon). Sesshu Toyo (1420-1506) and Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) are two famous individuals in Japanese history. However, despite belonging … Continue reading Buddhism and Art of Japan: Sengai Gibon and Sesshu Toyo in Opposite Directions by Lee Jay Walker

Buddhism and Violence: Roots of “Religious” Conflicts In Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Southern Thailand by Dennis Tan Chun Yee

The article is taken from Eastern Horizon Maganize, September 2015 which can be downloaded in full from here. Introduction On July 1, 2014, riots broke out in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city, claiming the lives of two people as well as causing injuries to many others.1 The riot also led to the destruction of numerous … Continue reading Buddhism and Violence: Roots of “Religious” Conflicts In Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Southern Thailand by Dennis Tan Chun Yee

Tantra and Transparency, or Cultural Contradiction and Today’s Tibetan Buddhist Wizard by Ben Joffe

Click here to see the original post. This is the first of a series of articles that I will be posting this month as a guest-contributor for Savage Minds. In each post I will be sharing some preliminary and open-ended reflections relating to my research on Tibetan diaspora, esotericism, and the globalization of Tibetan culture. This week, … Continue reading Tantra and Transparency, or Cultural Contradiction and Today’s Tibetan Buddhist Wizard by Ben Joffe

Field Notes on Drinking at a Buddhist Bar by Jolyon Baraka Thomas

We are pretty familiar with how Tokyo’s neighborhoods reward the adventurous, so when Three and I met up for drinks in Nakano on an autumn evening in 2012, we struck out for one of the small side streets near the station instead of walking down the larger shopping arcade directly across from the station exit. … Continue reading Field Notes on Drinking at a Buddhist Bar by Jolyon Baraka Thomas