The Invisible Hand of Altruism: A Reflection on Dr. Clair Brown’s Lecture “What Is Human Nature? Its Role in Structuring Buddhist Economics”

On June 16th, 2017, the University of British Columbia welcomed Dr. Clair Brown, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society at the University of California, Berkeley, to present her talk, “What Is Human Nature? Its Role in Structuring Buddhist Economics.” Dr. Brown’s presentation was featured as a part of [...]

A Reflection on the Buddhism and Economics in Medieval and Early Modern China at the Buddhism and Business, Market and Merit Conference at the University of British Columbia (June 16th to 18th, 2017)

From June 16th to June 18th 2017, I had the good fortune to attend a conference at the University of British Columbia (UBC), entitled "Buddhism and Business, Market and Merit: Intersections between Buddhism and Economics Past and Present." Sponsored by UBC Buddhist Studies Forum and the newly funded multi-year, international and interdisciplinary SSHRC partnership project [...]

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. [...]

Social Subjects and Esoteric Buddhist Ritual: Reflections on Dr. Charles D. Orzech’s Talk at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Asian Studies

On February 9, 2017, Dr. Charles Orzech of the University of Glasgow visited University of British Columbia’s Asian Centre and gave a lecture titled “Liturgy, Icon, and Text in the Development of Esoteric Buddhism.” Dr. Orzech is Reader in Religion, Conflict and Transition in the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Navigating Cultural Differences: A Buddhist Approach to Mental Health – An Informal Discussion (UBC, March 22nd, 2016)

VANCOUVER - On the night of March 22nd, scholars, experts, and the general public gathered for a discussion about cultural differences in psychotherapy practices and how Buddhism can be a viable factor in bridging the gap. Panel speakers included: Dr. Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP, a Pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at British Columbia Children’s [...]

Madness and Buddhist Compassion – A Talk by Dr. Mark Unno (UBC, March 21, 2016)

On March 21, 2016, the Buddhism and Contemporary Society at the University of British Columbia welcomed Dr. Mark Unno from the University of Oregon, with his guest lecture titled “Madness and Buddhist Compassion.” In his lecture, Dr. Unno examined various definitions of "madness" in both Western and Japanese contexts, its social impact on individuals, as [...]

The Mindful Teen: Secular and Buddhist Mindfulness for Adolescents – A Talk by Dr. Dzung X. Vo (UBC, March 22, 2016)

On the night of March 22, scholars, Vancouver’s Buddhist community members and interested public attended Dr. Dzung X. Vo’s talk on mindful clinical therapy for adolescents and controversies surrounding secular mindfulness. Dr. Vo, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, and clinical assistant professor at the University of [...]