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 undergraduate teaching about Buddhism and brings a variety of scholars and community leaders to UBC as part of The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation distinguished speaker series, annual symposium, and biennial academic conference, with lectures and keynotes open and free to the public. 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 Main (Program Director). Information about upcoming and past events, lectures, and conferences will be posted here, as well as on the website of 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 was the first program devoted to the study of modern and contemporary Buddhism in North America.