Papers, Leaves, and Formulas of Buddha Nature: Kanō Kazuo at the University of Toronto and McMaster University

By Annie Heckman and Julian Butterfield. On March 2, 2017, Professor Kanō Kazuo, Koyasan University, visited the University of Toronto as part of the Numata Buddhist Studies Program lecture series. In Dr. Kanō’s presentation, entitled “Papers and Leaves—Legacy of Indian Buddhists in Tibet and Tibetan Translators in India,” he shared images of rare manuscripts from [...]


Vinaya Studies at the 18th Congress of IABS, in Toronto

Studies of Buddhist monastic literature (vinaya) were in full swing at the 18th congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS). This should not surprise anyone familiar with the current academic climate within Buddhist studies in the province of Ontario. This year, IABS took place in Toronto, Ontario from August 20th–25th. Having hosted a [...]

A Report on Dr. Mark Rowe’s Talk: Bikers, Widows, and Bodhisattvas: Female Priests in Japanese Buddhism (Japan Foundation Toronto, March 15 2017)

On March 15, 2017, a small crowd fills the gallery room at the Japan Foundation in Toronto. The long narrow room is dimly lit beautifully decorated with delicate scrolls showing pictures from Tōdai-ji. The exhibition, Road of Light and Hope: National Treasures of Tōdai-Ji Temple, Nara, debuts today, but it not the star of the [...]

A new Sanskrit manuscript of the Bhaiṣajyavastu: Reflections on a lecture by JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellow Fumi Yao

On the ninth of March, 2017, the Religious Studies Department at McMaster University gathered together to attend a lecture from, and bid farewell to, Post-Doctoral fellow Dr. Fumi Yao. Originally from Japan, Yao has become a familiar face in Southern Ontario’s Buddhist Studies community over the last six years. Yao, who researches narratives found in [...]

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. Asuka Sango’s Yehan Numata Reading Group at McMaster University on December 2, 2017

A write-up of Dr. Sango's reading group on Medieval Japanese Buddhism at McMaster University.

The University of Toronto/McMaster University Yehan Numata Program Lecture Series, 2016-2017 Schedule

The University of Toronto/McMaster University Yehan Numata Program in Buddhist Studies hosts an annual lecture series that invites Buddhist Studies scholars from around the globe to Southern Ontario for public lectures and reading groups at both University of Toronto and McMaster University. A uniquely collaborative Buddhist Studies program between the two universities, this program offers [...]

A Report on McMaster’s Religious Studies Department’s 50th Anniversary of Graduate Studies Celebration

McMaster's Religious Studies Department was a hub of activity on the weekend of May 13-14 2016, as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our graduate program. The weekend commenced with an opening reception and barbecue on Friday evening. Saturday began with a 50th-anniversary luncheon, during which we heard from Professor Eileen Schuller, the Dean of [...]

A Reflection on McMaster’s Religious Studies Department’s Final Yehan Numata Reading Group with Dr. Levi McLaughlin

The Religious Studies department at McMaster University wrapped up its 2015-2016 Yehan Numata Buddhist Studies Program on Friday, April 8 2016. Our department hosted Dr. Levi McLaughlin from the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Carolina State University. Dr. McLaughlin's research interests include Chinese and Japanese religions, methodologies and theories employed in Religious [...]

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. [...]