“Unbalanced Flows in the Subtle Body”_ A Talk by Professor Geoffrey Samuel

“Unbalanced Flows in the Subtle Body”: A Talk by Professor Geoffrey Samuel

By Ryan Jones and Jingjing Li (McGill University) This semester, McGill’s School of Religious Studies (SRS) has the honor to invite Professor Geoffrey Samuel from Cardiff University and University of Sydney, as the annual Numata Visiting Scholar of 2017. With the support of the Numata foundation, SRS and McGill’s Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, … Continue reading “Unbalanced Flows in the Subtle Body”: A Talk by Professor Geoffrey Samuel

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Hidden Lands in Himalayan Myth and History_ Transformations of Beyul (sBas yul) through Time

[Conference] UofT: Hidden Lands in Himalayan Myth and History: Transformations of Beyul (sBas yul) through Time (December 15–17, 2017)

Convened by Dr. Frances Garrett, Professor Geoffrey Samuel, Elizabeth McDougal and Ian Baker. Sponsored by the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto, the Body, Health and Religion Research Group of Cardiff University, and the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai Yehan Numata Program in Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto. … Continue reading [Conference] UofT: Hidden Lands in Himalayan Myth and History: Transformations of Beyul (sBas yul) through Time (December 15–17, 2017)

A Reflection on Two Lectures in the “Buddha and the Other” Lecture Series (Oct 19 & 26, 2017)

In October, McGill University’s Centre for Research on Religion (CREOR) organized two lectures on the theme of “Buddha and the Other.” On October 19th, Professor Arvind Sharma’s talk investigated the relationship between Hinduism and Buddhism. The following Thursday, Professor Lara Braitstein enquired into the differences and distinctions presented in the narrative of the history of Tibetan Buddhism. … Continue reading A Reflection on Two Lectures in the “Buddha and the Other” Lecture Series (Oct 19 & 26, 2017)

“Spontaneous Presence_ The Rapid Normalization of Padmasambhava_s Iconography in Image (and Text)” Talk by Professor Daniel Hirshberg, Oct 20, 2017 at McGill University

Spontaneous Presence: The Rapid Normalization of Padmasambhava’s Iconography in Image (and Text)

A Talk by Professor Daniel Hirshberg on October 20, 2017 at McGill University Students of the history of Tibetan Buddhism are familiar with the renowned tantrika Padmasambhava and his eminent role in establishing Buddhism throughout the kingdoms of the Himalaya in the eighth century. They also learn that Padmasambhava is venerated by his followers as … Continue reading Spontaneous Presence: The Rapid Normalization of Padmasambhava’s Iconography in Image (and Text)

[Public Talk] UBC: Searching for the Right Buddha: Procedures for Locating Incarnations (tulkus) in Tibetan Historical Literature (October 16, 2017)

UBC Himalaya Program is hosting a talk which will consider the topic of incarnate lamas (tulkus)—births of the same awakened consciousness in successive human bodies. It will focus particularly on the practices used to locate subsequent incarnations of deceased Tibetan lamas. These practices involve analyzing prophecies and divinations, as well as evaluating child tulku candidates in a … Continue reading [Public Talk] UBC: Searching for the Right Buddha: Procedures for Locating Incarnations (tulkus) in Tibetan Historical Literature (October 16, 2017)

Requesting Energy to Realize Emptiness: A Structural Analysis of Losang Chokyi Gyaltsan’s Guru Pūjā

Christopher Emory-Moore, PhD Candidate, Religious Studies, University of Waterloo. This paper is based on a chapter of my M.A. thesis, The Systematic Dynamics of Guru Yoga in Euro-North American Gelug-pa Formations, supervised by Dr. James Apple at the University of Calgary and published in 2012 as Tibetan Guru, Western Disciple (Saarbrucken: LAP Lambert). Introduction: Since … Continue reading Requesting Energy to Realize Emptiness: A Structural Analysis of Losang Chokyi Gyaltsan’s Guru Pūjā

[Event Announcement] UBC Public Lecture: The Science of Healing: Tibetan Medicine as Local Practice, National Heritage, and Global Brand (Nov.7, 2016)

Often translated as ‘the science of healing’ (sowa rigpa), Tibetan medicine is at once a diverse system of healing with ancient roots extending out from the Tibetan Plateau and a modern, globalizing ‘alternative’ therapeutics. The contemporary practice of Tibetan medicine is enmeshed within multiple, and sometimes conflicting, agendas: from the need to conserve medicinal plants … Continue reading [Event Announcement] UBC Public Lecture: The Science of Healing: Tibetan Medicine as Local Practice, National Heritage, and Global Brand (Nov.7, 2016)

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

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

The University of Toronto/McMaster University Yehan Numata Program Lecture Series, 2015-2016 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 … Continue reading The University of Toronto/McMaster University Yehan Numata Program Lecture Series, 2015-2016 Schedule