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Pilgrimage and Circumabulation: Sacred Buddhist Geography in the Himalayas

By Damien Boltauzer In the summer of 2018 I set out to the Himalayan regions of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh in north-west India. My aim was to investigate spaces and geographies sacred to the Buddhists of those regions. My approach was to be comparative: I would visit Rewalsar in central Himachal Pradesh, Keylong in the […]

Welcoming Naresh Man Bajracharya of Lumbini Buddhist University

In May 2018, we welcomed Rev. Professor Naresh Man Bajracharya, Vice-Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University, Nepal to the University of Toronto Department for the Study of Religion and the Greater Toronto Area to deliver five action-packed days of workshops and teachings centered around Newar Vajrayāna Buddhism.

Visiting Taiwan

Buddhist Studies graduate Justin Stein is now in Japan on a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. He is working on language study and writing. Justin recently went to Taiwan to visit his friend Erik Schicketanz, currently at Academica Sinica, and as they visited religious sites carried their HCBS bags. Here they are in Wulai, Taiwan.

Our days began at sunrise

Undergraduate Sasha Manu experiences the joys and rigors of life in a monastery, by no means an easy experience, but, paradoxically, he found freedom through the restrictions of daily monastic life.

Traveling through a valley of flowers

I have the sense in Tibet that the land is alive. It reads like a manuscript punctuated with white Buddhist stupas and illustrated with painted rocks and caves high in the mountainside. Triangles and circular structures made of prayer flags mark where the local gods inhabit the mountains and lakes.

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