Dhamma Aboard Evolution, new e-book from Nalanda Publishing

PRESS RELEASE Oct. 13, 2014 / Nalanda Publishing Canada

Dhamma Aboard EvolutionDhamma Aboard Evolution: the Breakthrough Research on the Aggañña Sutta
by the well-known US Fulbright & Canadian Scholar Prof.  Suwanda H J Sugunasiri

The Aggaña Sutta has been characterized by Western scholars as ‘satire’ and ‘parody’. But this research shows how the Buddha is outlining the Universe, and the evolution of human society. The ‘Big Bang’ is the end of the Devolutionary Phase and the Ābhassara Being of the new Evolutionary phase is a Photon with consciousness.


“… a unique insight into Gotama Buddha’s putative scientific insight…” – Prof. Bruce Mathews, Dean of Arts at Acadia University, Canada.

“…a monumental presentation … I wish to express my great appreciation of his work” – Bhante Punnaji Mahathero, formerly of Toronto Mahavihara, Canada.

“… a novel interpretation….a significant contribution to the study of not only this text,, but the mythological underpinnings of Buddhism.” – Ajahn Punnadhammo Mahathero, Canada.

“… profound interdisciplinary knowledge..” – Prof. Emerita Lily de Silva, Sri Lanka.

“goes into areas I’ve never seen explored before in Buddhist scholarship” – Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, British Biologist & author of Science Set Free.

Download your e-book for free at https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/handle/1807/66312

Buddhism & Australia: Call for papers

Deadline approaching: submission of papers for International Conference Buddhism & Australia 2015

The IC Buddhism & Australia is pleased to invite abstracts for panel sessions and individual papers for the 4th International Conference Buddhism & Australia.

This conference investigates the history, current and future directions . . . Read More.

Silent Illumination Chan Retreat, Vancouver, Nov 15-22

Nov 15-22: Silent Illumination Chan Retreat hosted by Dharma Drum Vancouver

“Silently and serenely, forgetting all words, clearly and vividly, it appears before you.”

The above verse comes from “The Inscription on Silent Illumination,” a poem composed by Master Hongzhi Zhengjue of the . . . Read More.

A Dialogue on the Three Major Traditions of Buddhism – update

A Dialogue on the Three Major Traditions of Buddhism Lithuanian Hall, 1573 Bloor Street West, Toronto Saturday, November 8, 2014 – 2 pm to 7 pm, followed by a gala dinner Hosted by Karma Sonam Dargye Ling

$50. You can register online: http://www.ksdl.org/blog/registration/

Representatives of . . . Read More.

Walking Meditation workshops, Pembroke, ON

OCTOBER WORKSHOP – WALKTOBER Join us for an afternoon of walking mindfulness practices, as we celebrate Walk-tober. Saturday, October 18 1.00-4.00pm $35.00 (incl. lunch)

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE PART I – 1.00-2.30 Indoor Contemplative Walking Two Labyrinths – The Greek and the Manda-Lab (created by Ray)

PART . . . Read More.

Genju Monteiro in Enso exhibit, upstate New York

Via 108zenbooks…

As you might have seen on Lynette Monteiro’s FB feed, Kaz Tanahashi will be showing his art at St. Lawrence Univ. “Richard Brush Gallery” (how appropriate!) from Oct 14 to Dec 6. He will also give a public talk on Nov 18. Zen . . . Read More.

Mindfulness talks at U of T

MINDFULNESS: Beyond Stress Reduction Buddhist Contemplative Care A talk by Henry Shiu, Ph.D., Lecturer Buddhism, Psychology & Mental Health Program, U of T Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, 7:00pm Emmanuel College, 75 Queen’s Park Cres., Chapel (3rd flr)

The Spiritual Roots of Mindfulness A talk by . . . Read More.

HH Dalai Lama Vancouver, Oct 23 – Heart Project

Via Lower Mainland Buddhism…

The Heart Project and the Dalai Lama’s October Visit

About the Heart Project

The Heart Project is intended to convey a message “With All Our Hearts United As One, Let Us Pray For World Peace”.

There will be 924 seats arranged . . . Read More.

Prof. Shi Zhiru on Chinese Buddhism, Vancouver, Oct 20

UBC’s Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society is pleased to welcome Professor Shi Zhiru (Pomona College). Her lecture entitled, “For Whom The Bell Tolls: Bells, Hells, and Venerating Dizang in China” will take place at: UBC Robson Square | Room . . . Read More.

UT Buddhist Chaplaincy program admissions update

Participants in the recent roundtable, held at the West End Buddhist Temple, about the U of T Buddhist Chaplaincy program, have received a letter from Chris Ng, of the Buddhist Education Foundation for Canada (who are supporting the initiative)…

Dear friends in the Dharma,

I . . . Read More.

Tsewang Dorji crafting new Buddha statue for Palyul Foundation of Canada

Via Buddhadharma Quarterly…

Palyul Foundation of Canada, which maintains Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong, a 350-acre tem­ple and retreat facil­ity in Ontario, has commissioned Toronto-based Bhutanese artist Tsewang Dorji to craft a new Buddha image, now in progress. The face, body, and legs are now at . . . Read More.

Bodhi Path Calgary upcoming programs

Dharma Teacher Rachel Parrish, Bodhi Path Chicago

Trinlay Rinpoche at the University of Calgary, 2013 Upcoming Events

We are pleased to announce that Dharma Teacher Rachel Parrish will be returning to Calgary for an inspiring two week teaching program in October. Rachel . . . Read More.

Liberation Through Seeing – extended preview

Here’s a high definition extended preview of Canadian filmmaker David Cherniack’s upcoming feature called Thongdrol: Liberation Through Seeing, about the Karma Gadri tradition of Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhist thankga painting, fostered by the Karmapa lineage.

New Preview of Thongdrol: Liberation through Seeing from David Cherniack . . . Read More.

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 . . . Read More.

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)… www.shambhalasun.com/auction

Interested in letting the world know about your . . . Read More.

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.

New Dalai Lama Films: Join Us in . . . Read More.

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.

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