2017 Canadian Society for the Study of Religion Conference Reflection

Recently, I have been in contact with the manager of the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies. Since I was about to attend the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2017 meeting for the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion at Ryerson University in Toronto, from May 27th – 30th,  I was asked to [...]


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 [...]

[Video] Public Talk: Bodhisattva in the Perfection of Wisdom Buddhists Texts by Dr. Lewis Lancaster (Oct 9, 2016)

This talk took place at Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto on October 9th, 2016. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEPNip0oe0w  

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 [...]

XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS) (August 20-25, 2017)

Click here to access the electronic copy of the circular Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends: Preparations are well underway for the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS), which takes place at the University of Toronto, August 20th to the 25th, 2017. On behalf of the IABS, my university, and the conference’s Planning [...]

[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 [...]