The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its downtown Toronto campus, providing an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “It will be a catalyst for innovation and new insights into Buddhism’s place in society.” The new centre’s inaugural director is Frances Garrett, an associate professor of Tibetan and Buddhist studies and the associate chair of the department for the study of religion in U of T’s Faculty of Arts & Science.The centre comes thanks to an endowment originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Robert H. “This is an exciting time for Buddhist studies at the University of Toronto,” says Garrett.* If a cancellation is made due to weather conditions no refund will be issued, a credit will be applied towards another event.* In order to receive your speed dating matches you must create a profile on Single in the City as you will need to log-in to view your matches.During this time, I also visited the National Museum, a treasure-trove of artefacts from around Thailand dating from the prehistoric age over 6000 years ago to the Bangkok period.Of especial interest is the time of the Dvaravati city-states (6th–11th centuries CE), which borrowed Mon culture and non-Mahāyāna Buddhism from its neighbours.As the ticket purchaser, you may want to remind them to do this prior to the event.* We allow 2-3 years leeway on the age range listed. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for an event the Single in the City host reserves the right to fill your spot.
This gave me the opportunity to witness first hand both the organised Buddhist rituals of his commemoration among the civil service employees who still dress in black or white as a sign of respect, and also the preparations for the departed king’s cremation due to take place in December 2017.
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“Our scholars reflect the amazing breadth and richness of the tradition: they are delving into Buddhist ritual, art, philosophy, medicine and other intellectual developments and modes of practice in regions throughout Asia. Ho Family Foundation is to establish a global network of outstanding scholarship in order to develop awareness and understanding of Buddhism and its relevance to contemporary society,” says Ted Lipman, the foundation’s CEO.
This support creates, for the first time, a university-wide locus for advancing research, teaching and public education on an extraordinarily rich and diverse global tradition.” The University of Toronto will join an elite global network of Buddhist studies initiatives which have received funding from The Robert H. Ho Family Foundation, including those at the Courtauld Institute of Art in the United Kingdom, the University of British Columbia in Canada, and Harvard and Stanford universities in the United States. “This goal is being realized through our collaboration with the University of Toronto.