Category Archives: Buddhism in the West

Buddhist Literary Festival in Toronto

Here are the details for another upcoming event aimed at raising awareness about Buddhism in the West. More at: thewordonthestreet.ca Advertisements

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Crowdfunding “The Dharma Bum”

Ian Lawton is an Irish film maker who is currently raising money to create a feature length documentary on the life of U Dhammaloka. Sounds like a great project that deals with a significant, but relatively obscure, figure in the … Continue reading

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Newly renovated Paris Buddhist pagoda

Here is an article in The Guardian about the recent renovation of a little-known but impressive Buddhist pagoda in Paris, apparently home to Europe’s largest Buddhist image. Particularly interesting for me is the way different aspects of French colonial history, … Continue reading

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New Buddhist Institute in Europe

One of the less discussed modes in which transnational Buddhist connections and interactions are taking place globally is through education, particularly university-level institutions. Increasingly we are seeing the organisation of Buddhist education at a global scale through organisations like the … Continue reading

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JewBu: Teaching resources on Jewish Buddhist encounters

A very interesting initiative I recently learnt about is called Jewish Buddhist Encounters, a website providing teaching resources on the intersection of Jewish and Buddhist religious identities in the USA. The site address issues to do with multiple religious identifications, … Continue reading

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Vello Vaartnou and the Encyclopedia of Chinese Buddhism

The following is an interview with Australian-based Estonian Buddhist monk and scholar Vello Vaartnou. It details an exciting project he has been working on since 2012 to develop the Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia, an online Wikipedia-style production which seeks to collect and curate knowledge … Continue reading

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CfP: 3rd International Conference Buddhism & Australia

Here is a recent call for papers for an upcoming conference on Buddhism and Australia: IC Buddhism & Australia is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 3rd International Conference Buddhism & Australia The conference investigates Buddhism in … Continue reading

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Dhammaloka Project website is up

I would like to draw attention to a recently established website devoted to collecting information about the Irish Buddhist monk, U Dhammaloka. As the site itself describes, Dhammaloka was a fascinating and somewhat mysterious figure: This site records the hunt … Continue reading

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