On behalf of the University of Toronto Scarborough, I invite you to attend our upcoming event, which is part of the 2013-2014 Tung Lin Kok Yuen Perspectives on Buddhist Thought and Culture series (a TLKY Canada event). We are honoured to host Dr. Markus Viehbeck, Assistant Professor at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” Heidelberg University. He researches and teaches on transcultural aspects in Buddhism. On December 12, 2013 at 5:00pm, he will deliver a free public lecture entitled “Buddha’s Truthful Heirs? Indo-Tibetan relations in Tibetan Polemical Discourse.”
Dr. Viehbeck will explore a major controversy among two influential Tibetan intellectuals in the 19th century that revolved around the correct interpretation of an important Indian Buddhist text. While Tibetan Buddhism shows manifold cultural influences, the Indian tradition occupies a particularly significant position. It served as a source of general cultural knowledge, but also as a concrete authority for specific Buddhist teachings, via texts translated into Tibetan. Aligning oneself with a specific Indian Buddhist text could provide a Tibetan scholar authority to one’s own scholastic elaborations. At the same time, such texts provided an inexhaustible source for controversial discussion. How then did Tibetan scholars relate to the Indian tradition in such discussions? How can their creative contribution to Buddhist thought be reconciled with the master narrative that often depicts Tibetan scholars as passive protectors of original teachings?
Attached, please find a PDF poster for this lecture, to share with members of your community. Due to the growing popularity of the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Public Lecture Series, seating at the event can only be guaranteed by sending an RSVP to email@example.com. If you require transport from St. George Campus (Downtown), please indicate it when you are sending your RSVP.
It would be our pleasure if you are able to join us for this event. If you have any questions about the public lecture series, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you will consider joining us for the engaging continuation of Tung Lin Kok Yuen Perspectives on Buddhist Thought and Culture series at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
Professor Daniel E. Bender
Chair, Department of Historical and Cultural Studies
Via the Ottawa Citizen…
OTTAWA — When Tenzin Tsangyang stepped off the plane in Ottawa on Friday, he says the welcome was so warm he didn’t even feel the cold outside.
He is one of 10 stateless Tibetan refugees who travelled here from a settlement . . . Read More.
Bob McDonald from CBC’s Quirks and Quarks science show interviews Professor Robin Coningham from the University of Durham in England , the archeologist who recently transformed our understanding of Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini, Nepal.
The segment is about 10 minutes long: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Quirks+and+Quarks/Excerpts/ID/2421298166/
Via CBC news…
The first group of Tibetans to relocate to Canada under a new federal program arrived by plane in Toronto on Friday.
Via CTV news…
983 more to arrive.
More information: www.projecttibetsociety.ca
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Annual Tibetan Cultural Fair
Saturday, November 30th – 10 am to 6 pm Sunday, December 1st – 10 am to 5 pm
Santa Cruz Church Hall 60 Rachel West (corner St. Urbain), Montreal
The 25th annual Tibetan Cultural Fair features a handicrafts bazaar, live music . . . Read More.
Back in October, we posted a note about this but only a rough cut video was available. Now the 46-minute edited version of the ceremony is out and we have updated our previous post. You can watch here: http://www.sumeru-books.com/2013/10/eshu-martins-osho-ceremony-victoria-2013/
Via NBC News…
Archaeologists in Nepal say they have found traces of a temple structure linked to Buddha’s nativity going back to the sixth century B.C.
The remnants of a timber structure — unearthed at the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, Nepal, which has traditionally . . . Read More.
Via Lower Mainland Buddhism blog…
“KAGAYAKI,” a presentation of Local Nikkei Artists
December 7, 2013 1 pm – 9 pm Steveston Buddhist Temple 4360 Garry St. Richmond, BC (604) 277-2323
The Steveston Buddhist Temple is celebrating our 50th Anniversary of at our present location. Over the course of . . . Read More.
Sumeru announces publication of:
BUDDHIST ASTROLOGY Chart Interpretation from a Buddhist Perspective By Jhampa Shaneman & Jan V. Angel Paperback, 264 pages, 6” x 9″ ISBN 978-1-896559-19-3 $27.95 US/CAN
Available worldwide at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indigo and all fine online booksellers
ABOUT THE BOOK
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Yuloköd Studios is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a single artist studio dedicated to the craft of hand painted stained glass Thangkas and Buddhist iconography as well as preservation and restoration of sacred imagery in painted glass.
About the artist
The resident artist . . . Read More.
I stumbled on this article from a 2006 issue of Canada’s leading environmental journal, Alternatives…
THE BUDDHIST AND THE TOMATO: Why sustainable choices are often so difficult. By Douglas Vincent.
THE GLARING FLUORESCENCE of Atlantic Superstore lights must have blinded me. How could I buy a . . . Read More.
Dear Dharma friends and colleagues:
Sumeru Books is collecting a series of anecdotal stories for inclusion in a book we are editing with Charles Prebish, called “The Little Book of Buddhist Humor.” In difficult times, we feel that the Buddhist world has the opportunity to . . . Read More.
Here is a list of Buddhist organizations in the Philippines through whom Buddhists may wish to help with the cyclone relief effort:
Chu Un Temple Address: 246 V. Rama Avenue Cebu City 6000 Philippines
Iloilo Fo Guang Yuan Address: 13-A Fuentes Street, Iloilo City, . . . Read More.
Via Truth is Within, Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu’s blog…
I was thinking to write an article about the difference between religion and culture, but it doesn’t seem like the discussion would be complete without including religion’s best frenemy, science. So, here goes.
I’m writing this article both . . . Read More.
Via the Peterborough Examiner…
MPP Laurie Scott brought the concerns of the Cham Shan Temple in Bethany to Queen’s Park on Wednesday, asking Premier Kathleen Wynne whether her government would let its energy policy chase out a planned $40-million Buddhist retreat.
“Premier, will the Buddhist . . . Read More.
Southeast Asia Seminar Series presents a lecture on Buddhism in Cambodia:
ANNE HANSEN (Dept. Languages & Cultures of Asia Center For Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
PAINTING ETHICS: DEATH, LOVE AND MORAL VISION IN KHMER MAHAPARINIBBANA
Friday, November 8th, 2013 4:00 PM – 6:00 . . . Read More.
The UofT/McMaster Yehan Numata Buddhist Studies Program presents a reading group and lecture on Buddhism in Nepal:
ALEXANDER VON ROSPATT (University of California Berkeley)
READING GROUP The Sacred Origins of the Svayambhucaitya and the Nepal Valley. Foreign Speculation and Local Myth, and
The Mural Paintings . . . Read More.
Machik is an international organization dedicated to strengthening communities on the Tibetan Plateau.
Machik Canada is holding a fundraiser for 300 in Lindsay, Ontario (home to a substantial Tibetan Canadian community) tonight.