Inaugural Buddhist Literary Festival

at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto this Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

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CANCELLED WESAK 2014

This is to announce with equanimity that Wesak 2014 Queen's Park celebration has been cancelled.

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Watering A Soil

For Dipika Damerla (Ontario MPP, Mississauga East-Cooksville)
by Suwanda Sugunasiri

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Buddhism Heritage Day

at the Ontario Legislature, Oct. 10 2013.

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For Dipika Damerla

A poem for Ontario MPP, Mississauga East-Cooksville.

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Windows to Buddhism in the Academy

at Robarts Library, at the University of Toronto this July - August, 2013.

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Wesak at Queen's Park

30/04/13 • Details for Wesak 2013 - Click Here
07/05/13 • Learn more about Wesak 2013's speaker, Zenji Acharya - Click Here

'Wesak Day' - May 24, 2013

Proclaimed by the Mayor of Toronto

17/04/13 • Proclamation for Wesak 2013 - Click Here

Buddhapuja in Sinhala Buddhism and Arahant Mahinda as its Redactor

by Prof. Suwanda H J Sugunasiri is now available on YouTube, hosted by www.torontobodymind.com

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Buddhist Council of Canada: Press Release

It is with sadness we announce the Passing Away of Buddhologist
Prof. A K Warder

Formerly of University of Toronto and Nalanda College of Buddhist Studies (Canada).
Funeral service:
FRIDAY, Feb. 15, 2013
Turner & Porter Funeral Home
2357 Bloor Street West, Toronto
(@ Windermere, East of Jane)
416-767-3153
Buddhist Service: 10.00 a.m.
Viewing : 11.00 a.m.
Burial following: St. John's Dixie Cemetery
737 Dundas Street East (between Dixie & Cawthra).
May Professor A.K. Warder
& Mrs. Nargez Warder
attain Nibbana!

Toronto Celebrates Wesak 2600 with a Torana

History was made on May 17, 2011 when a WESAK TORANA was displayed on Canadian public soil for the first time, on the south lawn of the Ontario Legislature grounds, better known as Queen's Park. It was to commemorate the ushering in of the 2600th year since Sammasambodhi ‘Enlightenment’, and was sponsored by the Buddhist Council of Canada. A Pali and Sanskrit word, Torana means ‘archway’.

The tradition of bringing Buddhism to the attention of the wider Canadian community with a presence against the background of the Legislature had its beginnings in 2005, when the Buddhist Flag was raised at the venue, again for the first time anywhere on public soil in Canada. This was as part of the commemoration of 100 years of  Buddhism in Canada, an  event organized by Nalanda College of Buddhist Studies (Canada).

Just as on that first occasion, the Torana of 2011 carried the words, ‘WESAK, the Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Parinibbana’, above a large size picture of the face of a smiling Buddha. It was designed by Bryan Levman, Secretary of the Buddhist Council of Canada, and his team, with input from Prof. Suwanda H. J. Sugunasiri, President, who also provided the photo.

Speaking at the event, in a wintry-like rainy evening, the President said his mind went back to 1981 when he had first organized WESAK, introducing the term itself. The day dawning in the good company of rain, the phone was ringing  off the hook. Everyone wanted to know what we were going to do, given the forecast. But, with tradition associating rain with every significant event of the Buddha’s life, a thousand (as reported in the (now defunct) Sun) braved the weather, holding their umbrellas as the program continued in the open air at the Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall, at Bay and Queen. So it is as if rain has come to be the symbol of Buddhism in Canada – rejuvenating, life-giving and purifying. Thus, in a slight twist of ‘April showers bring May flowers’, we now have a new saying, ‘Wesak May showers bring Canada Buddhist Blessing flowers’.

While the roughly over 80 Buddhist groups in Toronto, including many a temple, celebrate their own Wesak or associated event on the ‘Convenient Sunday’ closest to the Full Moon Day, the Buddhist Council of Canada chose to have it right on the Full Moon Day itself, which fell on a weekday (Tuesday). Those present were welcomed by Bryan Levman, on behalf of the Council. Mr Karunarathna Paranawitana, the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Toronto, thanked all for their presence, pointing to the importance of the event. Leading the congregation in homage was Bhante Kawwida of the Burmese Mahadhammika Temple, who had brought his own statue, flowers and a Buddhist flag.

Following the homage was a padakkhina, the participants circumambulating the Buddha with their shoulders to the right as in tradition.

The event ended with the participants receiving, as a token of appreciation, a gift of dhamma, an article titled, “The Night of Enlightenment: Samana Gotama to the Buddha”, a chart succinctly capturing the historic night in its three wakes. Click here to view chart!

Board Members in the News

In the recent months, three of our Board Members have made Literary contributions relating to Buddhism. Here is a summary:

1. Thich Nu Tinh Quang (Member) presented a paper titled

"Balancing East And West As a Canadian Vietnamese Buddhist Nun",

at the First Sakhyadhita conference to be held in Calgary:

"On Saturday September 15, 2012, Sakyadhita Canada hosted its first conference. The theme of the conference was connecting, sharing and supporting and this definitely took place as laywomen, female monastics and laymen from BC, Alberta and Ontario came together at Cardel Theatre, a state- of-the-art theatre, in Calgary.."


(Details of the Conference, as well as the full presentation, can be found here.)

2. Bryan Levman (Secretary)

"The muõóa/ muõóaka crux: What does the word mean?",

in the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies, Number 7. Found free online here.

3. Prof. Suwanda H J Sugunasiri (President)

""'Asoulity' as Translation of Anattā: Absence, not Negation".

in the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies, Number 7. Found free online here.