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.
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?
We recently received this notice that the GTA Vesak 2017 is gearing up…
Dear Venerable Abbots, Venerable Abbesses and Temple Lay Representatives,
We, the four organizing temples (West End, Fo Guang Shan, Ching Kwok & Cham Shan Buddhist temples in Mississauga & Toronto) have the privilege of organizing Vesak: Buddha’s Birthday Celebration – 2017 at the Mississauga Celebration Square on May 28, 2017. The event this year takes significant meaning as we commemorate three milestones; Vesak, (Buddha’s birthday, enlightenment and his achievement of Nirvana), United Nations Day of Vesak & Canada’s 150th birthday. The venue and the date is confirmed so this event has been confirmed.
We are inviting all Buddhist temples in the Greater Toronto Area, Peel, Halton, York and other regions to join us in this public event. In the past four years this celebration has been a resounding success with participation of over 7000 people together with about 100 Buddhist monks and nuns of all Buddhist traditions in the presence of Senators, federal and provincial Ministers, MPs, MPPs and members of the diplomatic corp. Here is a link to video clips and pictures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIReeYzkP5w&feature=youtu.be and http://www. vesakcelebration.com/
The organizing committee has called a meeting on Tuesday February 28, 2017 at 7PM (sharp) at the Cham Shan Temple of Toronto located at 7254 Bayview Avenue, Markham, ON L3T 2R6. We would like to respectfully invite all of you to attend this meeting. If you are attending the meeting, please let us know your names and organizations so a current contact list may be compiled. Please confirm your attendance by Thursday February 21st, 2017 with our coordinator Dushyan Jayasundera or myself by writing to email@example.com.
Our objectives for the meeting are to determine the level of your interest and discuss how we might cooperate within our objectives.
In the name of the Buddha, let’s come together to celebrate His birthday as one community.
With many blessings,
Reverend Dr. Bhante Saranapala
Chair, Organizing Committee
Coordinator, Organizing Committee
On behalf of …
West End Buddhist Temple
Fo Guang Shan Temple
Ven. Jian Zong
Ching Kwok Temple
Ven. Dayi Shi
Cham Shan Temple
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
Here is information about Numata events c0-hosted by the University of Toronto and McMaster University in the coming academic year.
LEWIS LANCASTER (University of California Berkeley / University of the West)
LECTURE: Maritime Buddhism: The Spread of Buddhism from India to China
THURSDAY, October 13, 2016, 3-5 pm, UTSG, JHB 317
ASUKA SANGO (Carleton College)
LECTURE: The Love of Fame and the Desire for Enlightenment: Life of the Scholar Monk in Medieval Japan
THURSDAY, December 1, 2016, 3-5 pm, UTSG, JHB 317
READING GROUP: The Emperor Dreamed of Golden Light Lectures in Heian Japan (794-1185)
FRIDAY, December 2, 2016, 4-6 pm, McMaster, University Hall 122
ERIK BRAUN (University of Virginia)
READING GROUP: The Birth of Insight. Excerpts
THURSDAY, January 26, 2017, 3-5 pm, UTSG, JHB 317
LECTURE: Crossing Meditative Imaginaries: Insight Practice and Mindfulness in Burma and America
FRIDAY, January 27, 2017, 4-6 pm, McMaster, University Hall 122
KANŌ KAZUO (Koyasan University)
LECTURE: Papers and Leaves—Legacy of Indian Buddhists in Tibet and Tibetan Translators in India
THURSDAY, March 2, 2017, 3-5 pm, UTSG, JHB 317
READING GROUP: Two Sanskrit Formulas of Buddha-nature—Reconsidering the Background of the Term tathāgatagarbha
FRIDAY, March 3, 2017, 4-6 pm, McMaster, University Hall 122
KAMMIE TAKAHASHI (Muhlenberg College)
READING GROUP: Birds and Fishes: View and Method in the Mahāyoga Texts of Buddhaguhya
THURSDAY, March 23, 2017, 3-5 pm, UTSG, JHB 317
LECTURE: Pronouncing Praxis and Doing Doxography: Exploring the Functions of Genre in Early Tibetan Tantra
FRIDAY, March 24, 2017, 4-6 pm, McMaster, University Hall 122
ERICK WHITE (Cornell University)
LECTURE: Spirit Possession as Buddhist Vocation: Debates over Piety, Devotion and Charisma in Modern Thai Buddhism
THURSDAY, March 30, 2017, 3-5 pm, UTSG, JHB 317
READING GROUP: Contemporary Buddhism and Magic
FRIDAY, March 31, 2017, 4-6 pm, McMaster, University Hall 122
For reading group materials and questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Osgoode Colloquium on Law, Religion, & Social Thought
Presented in Association with: RPS Religion in the Public Sphere, Department for the Study of Religion University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University:
Like approximately half of the worlds basic laws, Sri Lanka’s constitution gives preferential status the the country’s majority religion, Buddhism. While this argument seems to place public law in the service of Buddhism, what have ben the actual, legal effects on the lives of individual Buddhists? This talk considers this question and uses Sri Lanka as a case study for thinking more broadly about the nature and effects of religious supremacy clauses in constitutions around the world.
Ben Schonthal is Senior Lecturer in Buddhism and Asian Religions at the University of Otago, in New Zealand. He teaches and writes about the intersections of religion, law and politics in South and Southeast Asia. His first book, Buddhism, Politics and the Limits of Law will appear with Cambridge University Press in October 2016.
October 14-16, 2016
Inaugural Conference of the Applied Buddhist Studies Initiative
Emmanuel College, University of Toronto
KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Evening, Friday Oct. 14)
Applied Buddhism: Past & Present
by Dr. John Makransky,
Associate Professor, Boston College
Co-Founder & Guiding Teacher, Courage of Care Coalition
PANEL PRESENTATIONS: 18 Speakers (Fri. & Sat. Oct. 14 & 15)
Future Directions for the Integration of Buddhist Psychology & Psychotherapy
Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy in Canada
Buddhist Education: From Past to Present, East to West
Two Chinese Panels (Open to Public – Free Admission)
simultaneous translation available to Conference Registrants
Globalization of the Buddhist Sangha (僧伽邁向全球化)
Humanistic Buddhism from the Perspectives of Temple Leadership (人間佛教)
This Conference will focus on the exploration of two current streams of Applied Buddhism, one in Buddhist countries that have responded to changes, challenges, and needs that have arisen in their homelands and abroad, and the other in traditionally non-Buddhist countries that have explored contemporary Buddhist applications to address current issues or to meet various social needs. Both streams are applying Buddhist principles in fresh ways to address issues of war and peace, ecology, justice, inter-religious dialogues, and to empower work in education, healthcare, social work, psychology and psychotherapy, hospice, chaplaincy, prison work, etc.
WORKSHOP (Sun. Oct. 16) CPD Accreditation: by U of T Faculty of Medicine & CONO
Empowering Those Who Care For Others: Sustainable Compassion Training Workshop
Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT) is a contemplative method designed to empower people who work in all areas of care and service. SCT is designed to help people realize a power of unconditional care from within that is deeply healing and sustaining, that makes them more fully present to self and others, and that empowers a strong, active compassion for persons that is not subject to empathy fatigue and burnout.
Conducted by Prof. John Makransky
Friday & Saturday: $150 / Limited Bursaries Available / Discounted Rate for Students
Sunday: $175 or $150 (Register by Sept. 30)
Conference Registration & Payment: http://www.emmanuel.utoronto.ca/coned/appliedbuddhist_studiesinitiative/absiconference/registrationappliedbuddhismpastandpresent.htm
PD Workshop Registration & Payment: http://www.emmanuel.utoronto.ca/Page24973.aspx
to obtain free admission tickets to Chinese Panels
Conference and workshop will be held at Emmanuel College, 75 Queen’s Park Cres.
Public Panels will be held at Rm 003, Northrop Frye Hall, 73 Queen’s Park Cres. E.
Sumeru author Richard Bryan McDaniel was recently at the Toronto Zen Center for a reading and book signing as a fundraiser for renovations to their Buddha Hall.
He read from Cypress Trees in the Garden: The Second Generation of Zen Teaching in America (which includes a chapter on Taigen Henderson of the Toronto Zen Centre).
The event raised $500 for the renovation fund.
Here are some pictures of Rick reading, and with Henderson Roshi…