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 [...]

Like Children Lost in Limbo: Reflections on Dr. Jessica Main’s Talk at UBC

On March 28, Dr. Jessica Main gave the final talk at UBC’s Colloquium on Religion, Literature, and the Arts, an interdisciplinary lunchtime lecture series planned by Dr. Anne Murphy and hosted by the Department of Asian Studies. The series included lectures by professors and undergraduate students whose research interests intersect with the study of religion. [...]

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. 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 [...]

Modernized Buddhism & Secular Religion: A Write-Up of Dr. Victor Sogen Hori’s Presentation at UBC 2016 Conference

On August 10th 2016, the Sixth Annual Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Conference “Buddhism in the Global Eye: Beyond East and West” commenced at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Co-sponsored by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society at UBC and The Modernization of Buddhism in Global [...]

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 [...]

[Event Announcement] UBC Conference: Buddhism in the Global Eye: Beyond East and West (August 10-12, 2016)

Buddhism in the Global Eye: Beyond East and West University of British Columbia • August 10–12, 2016 Co-sponsored by the University of British Columbia’s Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society (Jessica L. Main, director) and The Modernization of Buddhism in Global Perspective Project (SSHRC Insight Grant: John S. Harding, [...]

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 [...]

HH Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa on The Relevance of Tibetan Buddhism in the 21st Century

The development of technology and urbanization in the contemporary society has set more people free from farm and traditional labor. Worries and concerns have been raised towards this rapid progress, yet many Buddhist teachers regard it as an advantage for the spread and practice of Buddhism. On May 15th, 2016, His Holiness Chamgon Kenting Tai [...]