2017 Inaugural Public Lecture by Professor Donald Lopez: Hyecho’s Journey: The World of Buddhism (Apr.17, 2017)

In the year 721, a young Buddhist monk named Hyecho set out from the kingdom of Silla, on the Korean peninsula, on what would become one of the most extraordinary journeys in the history of Buddhism. Sailing first to China, Hyecho continued to what is today Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, before [...]


[Event Announcement] Presentation: The Emergence of Another Sanskrit Manuscript of the Bhaiṣajyavastu (Mar.9, 2017)

You're cordially invited to a presentation by Dr. Fumi Yao on March 9, 3:30pm, UH 122, McMaster University.

[Event Announcement] Numata Lectures at the University of Calgary (Mar.9 &10, 2017)

The Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies at the University of Calgary is pleased to present Two Talks by Professor Chen-kuo Lin (National Chengchi University)   The Annual Leslie S. Kawamura Memorial Lecture  "Emptiness and Violence: An Unexpected Encounter of Nāgārjuna with Derrida and Levinas" Thursday March 9, 7-9pm | Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library, [...]

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[Event Announcement] Public Lecture: A Crazy History of Buddhism: On Buddhist Monasteries, Mental Institutions and Meditation/Mindfulness (Mar.16, 2017)

A public lecture by Professor James Robson (James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations) at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. This lecture will be delivered in a way to accommodate both English and Chinese speakers. There has been increasing attention paid to the relationship between Buddhism [...]

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[Event Announcement] Public Lecture: Bikers, Widows, and Bodhisattvas – Female Priests in Japanese Buddhism by Mark Rowe (Mar.15, 2017)

This talk introduces three female Buddhist priests from different schools of Buddhism in different areas of Japan: A Shingon priest from Mt. Koya, a Pure Land priest from Tokyo, and a Nichiren priest from Sapporo. In response to the general trend in Buddhist studies to focus on exemplars of the tradition, I am concerned with [...]

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[Event Announcement] Numata Lectures at the University of Calgary (Feb. 3rd and 9th, 2017)

1) “Nirvāṇa as Permanence, Joy, Self, and Purity in a Medieval Chinese Buddhist Context” Wendi L. Adamek, Lecture for the China Interest Group Friday Feb. 3rd, 3:30-5:30pm Craigie Hall C 110 Abstract: Tathāgatagarbha (buddha matrix) doctrines concerning the actualization of universal buddha-nature potential could be considered to challenge fundamental Buddhist teachings about karma and non-self. [...]

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 [...]

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] Mani Rimdu: Tibetan Buddhist Ritual and Sand Mandala Event

On January 25-29, 2016 a 5 day ritual construction of a Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala will take place at University of Toronto in the Multi-faith Centre (Koffler House). The event is free and open to the public from 10AM - 5PM daily, and there will be three special events of interest: Ceremony of the Opening [...]

Shambhala Mountain Center’s Free Online Conference: Awake in the World (Nov. 4-8, 2015)

This FREE online event presented by Shambhala Mountain Center will feature more than 30 of the world's most brilliant teachers of purposeful living and societal transformation. They'll be guiding us -- through dialogues, presentations, and guided meditations -- in a five day journey to bring the wisdom of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga into our daily [...]