Off the Cushion launches with eco-dharma podcast

Danny Fisher’s new Off the Cushion podcast site has just launched with extended interviews on environmental issues:

EPISODE #1: “Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi and the People’s Climate March

This week, an extended conversation with the mighty Buddhist monk and scholar who has forcefully challenged practitioners to act against social, economic, political, and environmental injustice: Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. Plus: Cat Jaffee,’s Digital Campaigner for U.S. Divestment, talks to us about the upcoming People’s Climate March.

Danny is currently based in Toronto.

Shambhala Sun Foundation online auction 2014

The Eighth Annual Shambhala Sun Foundation Online Auction runs from November 24 – December 9. Here is a sneak peak at the site, and what has already been donated (including some great books published by Sumeru)…

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New HH Dalai Lama double bill: host a screening

A personal message from ‘Dalai Lama Awakening’ and Wakan Films Producer-Director Khashyar Darvich about how our films are reaching out into the world and inspiring audiences with the intention of service to Humanity and the Greatest Good.

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U of T Buddhist Chaplaincy program update, 2nd roundtable

The meeting commenced with a short introduction by Chris Ng, president of the Buddhist Education Foundation for Canada, and a welcome by Bhante Saranapala, resident Bhikkhu at the West End Buddhist Temple.


Bhante Yuttadhammo, a Canadian monk ordained in the Thai Forest tradition; Sensei . . . Read More.

A Dialogue on the Three Major Traditions of Buddhism, Toronto, Nov 8

A Dialogue on the Three Major Traditions of Buddhism Lithuanian Hall, 1573 Bloor Street West, Toronto Saturday, November 8, 2014 – 2 pm Hosted by Karma Sonam Dargye Ling

We are inviting representatives of different branches of Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism to speak on . . . Read More.

Buddhist Care working group formed in Toronto

Very recently, a Buddhist Care working group consisting of medical doctors, social workers, Buddhist monastics, palliative care volunteers, educators and community leaders and advocates has been formed in Toronto to support the creation of a referral list/network of Buddhist Care volunteers to help others-in-need within . . . Read More.

HE Lho Ontul Rinpoche, Teachings in Vancouver & Galiano Island, Sept 18-28

Via Lower Mainland Buddhism…

It is with great pleasure that Lama Mark Webber and the Crystal Mountain Society welcome His Eminence Lho Ontul Rinpoche to Vancouver and Galiano Island this September. Ontul Rinpoche will be travelling with his son, His Eminence Lho Ratna Rinpoche, the . . . Read More.

The Buddhist Education Foundation for Canada Community Care Scholarships 2015

The Buddhist Education Foundation for Canada Community Care Scholarships 2015

We are offering a number of scholarships of $500 per course to students of Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto who are registered in Buddhist Mindfulness and Mental Health Program.

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Zasep Rinpoche in Toronto, October – Revised schedule & pricing

The Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is a highly accomplished and realized Vajrayana master of the Gelugpa school in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition

Born in eastern Tibet in 1948, Zasep Rinpoche was enthroned as the Thirteen Zasep Tulku (incarnation) at Zuru Monastery at the age . . . Read More.

U of T Social Work certificate in Mindfulness launches

The Factor-Intewash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto is launching four new certificate programs in mindfulness…

Applied Mindfulness Meditation

Grounded in comparative literatures of humanities and social science, traditional and contemplative medicines, the arts and sciences, education theory and practice, business and . . . Read More.

Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies seeks new editor

After 10 years at the helm, Suwanda Sugunasiri is stepping down as editor of the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies. Here is his letter of retirement, and his launch of the search for a new editorial team to take the journal into its next decade… . . . Read More.

Lho Ontul Rinpoche: Chod in Toronto

Rainbow Body Healing Chod with His Eminence Lho Ontul Rinpoche September 16th – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Institute of Traditional Medicine, 553 Queen Street West, 2nd floor, Toronto Registration:

Rainbow Body Healing Chod practice is designed to clear obstacles for spiritual growth and . . . Read More.

Lama Lena: Dzogchen in Toronto

LAMA LENA – Dzogchen Teaching Institute of Traditional Medicine October 2 & 3 (7-9pm) 553 Queen Street West (2nd floor) info: by donation

Thursday Oct. 2 (7-9pm): Awareness of Mind from a Dzogchen Yogi: An Introduction to Dzogchen Meditation

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Strombo gets all buddhisty in the Globe & Mail

So, the Globe & Mail runs this video series called “Movers, Shakers, Thinkers & Doers” where they get celebs inside an old Bombardier ski-doo and interview them.

This one, with Strombo, is titled: George Stroumboulopoulos on how the role Buddhism plays in his creative process

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Prajna Temple Newmarket, grand opening

This morning I attended the grand opening of the Prajna Temple and the Canadian Wisdom Compassion Centre, in Newmarket, Ontario. The main Prajna Temple is located in Scarborough at Warden and Eglinton. This is a new northern location. They also have a retreat centre in . . . Read More.

Tendai Canada opens new location in Pembroke, ON: Red Maple Centre

Tendai Canada and Red Maple Sangha have relocated from Renfrew to Pembroke, in Ontario. New contact details can be found at:

Resident teacher Innen Ray Parchelo tells us what’s planned for the new location…


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Machig Ling opens in Calgary

The Centre for Pure Ground Vajrayana Buddhism (Namdak Saling) in Calgary has changed their name to Machig Ling Canada.

Their new website is:

Their new FB page is: Machig Ling Calgary

Other contact information is being revised. Check for updates.

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Könchok Chidu Guru Padmasambhava Retreat, Saltspring Island, BC, Oct 10-13

Via Lower Mainland Buddhism…

Kagyu Kunkhyab Chuling is pleased to announce that a Könchok Chidu Retreat will take place Thanksgiving Weekend (October 10-13, 2014) with Lama Tsultrim. Please save the date! This is a very rare opportunity to partake in this Guru Yoga practice.

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