Supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, our mandate is to foster understanding of modern and contemporary Buddhist forms, and how they are involved in spiritual, social, economic, and political life around the world. The Program sponsors teaching about Buddhism at UBC, brings in a variety of speakers as part of The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation distinguished speaker series, and hosts an annual conference. As part of its community outreach, the program connects with local Buddhist communities, sharing information and hosting an event blog for the Vancouver and Lower Mainland areas.
For further information on the Program, please contact Jessica L. Main (Program Director). Information about upcoming and past events, lectures, and conferences will be posted here, as well as on the websites of the Institute of Asian Research and the Department of Asian Studies. The Program was established at UBC in 2006 thanks to the generosity of The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation and Robert H. N. Ho. It is the first program devoted to the study of modern and contemporary Buddhism in North America.
Many distinguished speakers have come to Vancouver to share their knowledge of living Buddhism in contemporary global society. Meet them here.
Our annual conference and occasional workshops bring scholars together from around the world to share their research on issues of contemporary relevance. See news of our upcoming conferences here.
Students and faculty at UBC pursue the study of Buddhism in undergraduate courses and graduate seminars. Learn more about courses that cover Buddhist topics, funding opportunities for students, and new initatives in our Buddhist Studies section.