Five of the peace walkers from the Grafton Peace Pagoda’s “No More Fukushimas Peace Walk for Mother Nature” around Lake Ontario have arrived in Kingston, while 50 more walkers were held back at the border. Full details and backgrounder in this article from the Kingston . . . Read More.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama banned the practice of the Shugden deity more than ten years ago. Here is a link to a story explaining the reasons, from Time Magazine, reproduced from the Canada Tibet Committee website, where it was posted in 2008: http://tibet.ca/en/newsroom/wtn/3218
This practice . . . Read More.
Here is the link to a wonderful, detailed biography of Zazep Tulku Rinpoche and his lineage, with photos: http://www.gblt.site50.net/index.php?main=main02.1
Vancouver & Victoria
Excluding groups that are tangentially tagged as “Buddhist” the breakdown is as follows: 4 Theravada 7 Mahayana (including three that focus on martial arts) 10 Vajrayana (mostly Shambhala) 13 New Kadampa (which many people do NOT . . . Read More.
Lethbridge is home to a large and growing population of Bhutanese refugees. A recent police shooting in the community has raised awareness of issues they face.
From the Calgary Herald: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/alberta/Police+shooting+thrusts+Lethbridge+Bhutanese+community+under+spotlight/6970967/story.html
Some background from the CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2012/04/18/calgary-lethbridge-bhutan-immigrants.html
For the history of the Bhutanese refugee problem, The Canadian . . . Read More.
Early Thursday morning five of the walkers crossed the border into Canada with no problem. The other vehicle with a few walkers and the walkers’ luggage was not able to make it. So the walk needs support. We’ve read about you, students of Toronto! Come out and . . . Read More.
In case you missed this article, “All Beings Are Equally Embraced By Amida Buddha”: Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and Same-Sex Marriage in the United States, by Jeff Wilson, in the Journal of Global Buddhism: http://www.globalbuddhism.org/13/wilson12.pdf
The Government of Canada is facilitating the immigration of up to 1,000 Tibetans living in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India, at the request of the Canada Tibet Committee and Canada’s Tibetan community. Up to 1,000 displaced Tibetans, including principal applicants and their . . . Read More.
Café du Mile End, 5240, Avenue du Parc, Montreal, Quebec H2V 4G7 August 25, 2012 @ 8 pm (doors open @ 7) Samedi 25 août à 20h, ouverture des portes à 19h
15$ prévente (+ frais de service et/ou frais Admission) 20$ à la porte . . . Read More.
Grafton Peace Pagoda (Nipponzan Myohoji) are staging a walk around Lake Ontario over the coming weeks. Here’s a picture from one of their previous walks.
Schedule and contact for the walk can be found at: http://www.sumeru-books.com/2012/07/no-more-fukushimas-peace-walk-around-lake-ontario-july-11-aug-11-2012/
The Peace Walks page is: http://peacewalks.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/no-more-fukushimas/
Their Flickr page is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/81076938@N02/
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Jeff Wilson, associate professor of religious studies and East Asian studies at Renison University College, University of Waterloo, has just published “Dixie Dharma: Inside a Buddhist Temple in the American South” with the University of North Carolina Press.
You can read a short description of . . . Read More.
The Grafton Peace Pagoda (Nipponzan Myohoji) in New York State has organized a peace walk around Lake Ontario. Buddhist organizations in Ontario may wish to be involved or participate (as may, of course, the general public who believe there is a better way than nuclear . . . Read More.
The Sea to Sky Retreat Center presents, Red Tara Empowerment and Teachings with Chagdud Khadro: Date: Friday to Sunday, September 14-16, 2012 Location: Sea to Sky Retreat Center, 84 Retreat Road, Whistler, BC, Canada Registration is required, please see below for registration information. For more . . . Read More.
Government of Canada communiqué, July 13, 2012: http://www.international.gc.ca/media/aff/news-communiques/2012/07/13a.aspx?view=d
From the Globe & Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/hailing-positive-reforms-baird-announces-canadian-embassy-in-myanmar/article4414728/
From the CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/07/13/pol-baird-burma-democracy-aid.html
Myanmar’s Embassy in Canada: http://www.mofa.gov.mm/myanmarmissions/canada.html
Sorry I missed this conference, put on recently in Montréal. Myozen pointed out to me that there was a talk entitled “Zen has no morals!” which dealt with some recent sexual abuse scandals involving Zen teachers. Here is a PDF of his paper: 20120707_Hamacher_ICSA
Manipulation and . . . Read More.
Some time not too long ago, I received a note from Myozen, a Zen Priest in Terrace, BC, whose centre (Daiko-ji) was closing, commenting on my earlier post about Canadian Zen teachers and the American Zen Teachers Association (AZTA). We began a conversation, which Myozen . . . Read More.