Transmitting Buddhism in the Secular Setting: A Reflection on McGill’s School of Religious Studies’ Reading Group on The Making of Buddhist Modernism

On the sunny afternoon of April 24th, students and colleagues of the School of Religious Studies (SRS) at McGill University reunited at the Redpath Library for the third session of their reading group[1] on “Multiple Facets of Secularism.” Starting at 2 p.m., their discussion on David McMahan’s The Making of Buddhist Modernism lasted for two [...]


First Vesak in Toronto (1981) Reaches the Office of US President Obama

By Professor Suwanda H. J. Sugunasiri It was with a tinge of nostalgia that I read the Vesak greetings of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. It was 35 years ago, in 1981, that I had the pleasure and privilege of introducing the term Vesak to Canada, and organizing the first Vesak [...]

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. [...]

[Event Announcement] Buddhism in Canada: Where are we? by Dr. Victor Hori (May 29th, 2016)

This is a public talk by Dr. Victor Hori at the Fo Guans Shan Temple of Toronto. Time: 1:30 - 3:00 pm Venue: Fo Guang Shan of Toronto, 6525 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 7K6 About the Speaker: Victor Sōgen Hori is Associate Professor (retired) of Japanese Religions at McGill University. He was ordained as [...]