Here is a link to our free e-book UNDERSTANDING THE CHINESE BUDDHIST TEMPLE, by Karma Yönten Gyatso.
Available through Buddhanet under a Creative Commons copyright granted by the author.
Available through Buddhanet under a Creative Commons copyright granted by the author.
Dianne Harke, author of INCOGNITO: The Astounding Life of Alexandra David-Neel (Sumeru, 2016), was recently interviewed by Betty Jane Hegerat, a Canadian literary blogger.
The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto has announced a new film series on Buddhism and The Environment. The series will showcase the work of three women in film, who will be in attendance for their respective films. These films are open to all. It all starts this month.
Screenings will take place at 6:30pm in Room 100 at 170 St George St. Toronto, ON M5R2M8
Set in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, Drokpa is an intimate portrait of the lives and struggles of Tibetan nomads whose lives are on the cusp of irreversible change. The grasslands of the Tibetan plateau are home to the source of Asia’s major rivers. Half of humanity depends on this water for survival. Tibetan nomads, known as DROKPA have roamed on this land for thousands of years. In recent decades, these once lush grasslands are rapidly turning into deserts.
With rare access to an extended nomadic family living at the center stage of this drastic and historical change, Drokpa reveals the unprecedented environmental and sociopolitical forces that are pushing the Tibetan nomads to the edge of their existence.
Richly observed daily lives and family relationships are at once deeply personal and illustrative of the universal issues of gender, freedom, adaptation to a changing climate and the resilience of human spirits.
with Producer Dr. Emily T. Yeh
Why have Tibetans become environmentalists? How do Tibetan conceptions of nature differ from Western ones? What is the relationship between culture and nature? This film explores these questions through a narrative that features Rinchen Samdrup, the leader of a Tibetan community environmental association in a remote area of Chamdo in the eastern Tibet Autonomous Region, and Tashi Dorje, a leading Tibetan environmentalist in China who first became interested in conservation after the death of a good friend at the hands of Tibetan antelope poachers.
See the U of T event post for Shield the Mountains.
Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey is the harrowing adventure of 700 people, trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd Pole,” a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming.Battling the most treacherous terrain on earth, they spread their message of ecological compassion through human’s most basic means –by walking on foot, village to village, and showing by example. Barely surviving injuries, illness, and starvation, the trekkers emerge with nearly half a ton of plastic litter strapped to their backs, triggering an historic green revolution across the rooftop of the world.
Further Details: buddhiststudies.utoronto.ca/events
Contact: Christopher Pugh, Program Manager, 416-978-0877, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sumeru Press is honoured to be an official sponsor for the 10th Global Conference on Buddhism
We look forward to presenting further details of the event as they are confirmed.
For more information about the conference, to purchase tickets, etc., please visit: www.10gcb.org
The 10th Global Conference on Buddhism, happening this coming June in Toronto, is hosting a pre-conference evening with Ajahn Brahm.
Pre-conference event for ticket holders: Register now!
In this talk Ajahn Brahm will discuss the step by step approach to the blissful deep meditative experiences, known as the Jhānas. This will include the basic methods of meditation, hindrances to meditation, the qualities of right mindfulness, the Jhānas and the nature of deep insight. This is a FREE event and participation is by registration (free pass) only, with priority given for conference attendees (please see FAQ below for more details). There are only a limited number of passes available for this event.
About the book
“In Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond you will find a thorough set of teachings for developing and deepening meditation, aimed particularly at attaining absorption, or jhāna samādhi, and opening to the insights that can follow from it. Ajahn Brahm offers a careful and subtle understanding of how to transform initial difficulties and how to incline the mind toward rapture, happiness, light, and the profound steadiness of jhāna. Then he turns this concentrated attention to illuminate the emptiness of self that brings liberating understanding. These are beautiful teachings.”
– Jack Kornfield
Where is the event held?
TELUS conference room, Ontario Science Centre
Who can attend this talk?
This event is mainly reserved* for participants of the conference. You need to register (for a free pass) for the talk even if you have bought tickets for the conference. To obtain a pass please visit the pre-conference page of the conference website (10gcb.org/pre-conference). Passes have to be obtained by May 31st 2017 (subject to availability). You will have to present the free pass and the conference ticket at the entrance to enter. If you have not already bought tickets for the conference, please visit this site today: 10gcb.org/buy-tickets
*Note: Ticket holders of the conference will be given priority for registration for the free talk. The remaining spots (if available) would be made open to everyone after May 31, 2017. It is also done by registration and obtaining a free pass, provided that passes are still available after May 31st 2017.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
No ID requirements. Registration will be at the desk starting at 5 pm. Minimum age 18.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Please refer to the website for transportation options and directions to the event. Parking is FREE after 4 pm.
What can I bring into the event?
Small personal items are allowed. ALL cell phones must be turned off at ALL times during the talk.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Where can I find more information about the 10th Global Conference on Buddhism in Toronto?
Here’s the product page link: http://www.sumeru-books.com/dd-product/catholicism-and-zen/
Ever since Catholic priests from Portugal and Spain entered Japan in the 1500’s on missions to convert the Japanese to Christianity, a quiet transformation has been taking place, beginning among those Jesuit missionaries and spreading into the present day among American and European Catholics, lay and ordained alike. As Rick McDaniel writes in this important book, in seeking to understand the Japanese mind so as to know better how to convert the Japanese to Christianity, these early – and later – priests undertook Zen practice.
Although there are a number of books written on Christianity and Zen, including several by Catholic clergy, this is the first to take it from its origins with the Jesuit missionaries sent to Japan, to interviews with the many contemporary Catholic clergy – priests and nuns both – who maintain their Catholic faith and practice and find it enhanced by their Zen training. Many of these men and women have done extensive Zen practice under recognized Zen masters and have become authorized themselves to teach Zen practice – and see no conflict with their Christian faith. The author himself was raised Catholic and has practiced Zen for several decades, thus having a unique background through which to explore the congruencies between the two, and his research has resulted in some fascinating insights into the accord between the two religions. Read on! – From the foreword by Ven. Mitra Bishop, Abbot, Mountain Gate
Overture in Montreal
Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle & Koun Yamada
William Johnston & Thomas Merton
Intermezzo: A Conversation with Bodhin Kjolhede
Maria Reis Habito
Day Star Zendo
Oak Tree in the Garden
Finale in Oaxaca
Rick McDaniel’s Catholicism and Zen offers a glimpse into the experience of Zen through the eyes of Catholic teachers, lay, clergy, and religious. Based on a series of interviews with Catholic practitioners of Zen, it offers insight into a complementary relationship that can exist between Zen and the Catholic spiritual experience. For the Catholic who has little experience of Zen, this work provides an accessible introduction. Father John Jennings, Dept of History (Ret.), Saint Thomas University, Fredericton
Rick McDaniel’s study, interviews, and writing shed an abundance of light on all that many of us have learned thus far from the West. Deep gratitude is offered to Rick as we continue to make use of much of what he has unearthed from the East. Sr. Pascaline Coff, OSB, Benedictine Sisters Our Lady of Rickenbach
Reading Catholicism and Zen you’ll hear categories collapsing – Christian/Buddhist, East/West, and mysticism/daily life. Rick McDaniel brings to life a most remarkable development in religion through the real-life stories and perspectives of women and men engaged in the spiritual quest who discover and enliven the meaning and form of awakening beyond traditional constrictions. Dosho Port Roshi, Nebraska Zen Center
Richard Bryan McDaniel taught at the University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University before starting a 27-year career in International Development and Fair Trade. He is the creator of the YMCA Peace Medallion. A long time Zen practitioner, he lives in Fredericton, NB. This is his fifth book in a series on the evolution of Zen Buddhism as it moved from China to Japan and the West.
His other two books published by Sumeru are The Third Step East: Zen Masters of America and Cypress Trees in the Garden: The Second Generation of Zen Teaching in America.
Visit him at: https://rickmcdaniel.blogspot.ca/
Have some fun with our new crossword contest. The first 10 people to e-mail us (info at sumeru-books dot com) with a correctly completed crossword win a free Buddhist e-book! Just click on the image to get a larger version, print it out, fill it in, snap a pic of it, and attach it to your e-mail.
A Thousand Hands arose from an effort to provide Buddhist community leaders with tools and education to complement traditional Buddhist teachings and practice, and make us more effective caregivers and leaders. We may have read many sutras, practiced thousands of hours of meditation, or become well versed in Buddhist philosophy, but that does not prepare us for every situation we will face. When people come to us in times of trouble, we will want to do whatever we can to ease their suffering. The contributors to this volume provide us with strong places to start. We may want to expand our skill-sets and learn further ways to build a thriving, caring community.
Nathan Jishin Michon and Daniel Clarkson Fisher, editors of A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community (Sumeru, 2016), recently had the opportunity to chat with Ted Meissner about the book and the state of chaplaincy in Buddhist communities in North America. Here is their interview from the Secular Buddhist podcast.
“The voices contributing to this volume demonstrate that North American Buddhism is awakening from its predominantly inward and private focus and realizing that our strength for the future lies in healthy, whole, and peaceful communities. Yet the forms of suffering that manifest in communities boggle the imagination in their diversity. The essays collected here show that the necessary concern has been aroused and the helping hands of compassion are reaching out, each hand, like that of the bodhisattva Guan Yin, emblazoned with the eye of intelligence that looks into the underlying causes and the prospects for a solution.” Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
“A Thousand Hands provides a remarkably broad set of resources aimed at helping people navigate suffering with greater clarity and ease. The editors have done a wonderful job gathering together many wise voices to share on a host of important topics.” Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
“Buddhist communities struggle with the reality that we bring the world with us—that walking into the doors of the sangha does not instantly liberate us from our mental illness, addictions, trauma, and emotional woundedness. Even more jarring is confronting the truth that our sanghas are organized to privilege the mental, physical, and financial elite. The Buddha taught a Dharma for all ages, and at its heart is the call for radical loving integrated with truth. This book helps us to hold love and truth together as we move into the profound, beautiful, and very uncomfortable space of meeting people where they are and asking: How can I care for you?” Lama Rod Owens, co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation
For two brief moments next summer, Toronto will be the centre of the Buddhist world, hosting two global Buddhist conferences…
August 20-25, 2017
International Association of Buddhist Studies
No congress poster available yet.
June 17-18, 2017
10th Global Conference on Buddhism
Buddhism, Neuroscience & Mental Health
Just beginning substantive editing for the Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies Association in North America. Planning for autumn publication 2017.