UTSC expands its Buddhist Studies network

Buddhism is well-represented in the local UTSC community, and the campus is taking a multidisciplinary approach to fostering a deeper understanding of Buddhist philosophy.

“Our faculty are pushing boundaries—studying how Buddhist philosophy is interpreted and applied in contemporary society across diverse disciplines, from the environment to women’s and gender studies to psychology,” says Prof. Rick Halpern, UTSC’s dean and vice- principal, academic.

Supported by a $4-million endowment from Hong Kong-based non-profit Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Buddhist studies initiative holds conferences, workshops and symposia, and hosts visiting scholars from around the world for academic and public events.

The initiative—now called the The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies—is connected to a network of academic centres, including Harvard and Stanford universities, reinforcing UTSC’s role as an international hub for the study of Buddhism.

“Our students, faculty and community benefit by working collaboratively and seamlessly within this very strong global network,” says Prof. Halpern. “We look forward to new programming in the years to come that will encompass other disciplines and reach wider audiences.”