Programs and courses in Buddhist Studies exist on all three campuses of the University of Toronto, although the Centre for Buddhist Studies itself does not run courses. On the St George (downtown Toronto) campus, undergraduate and graduate courses in Buddhist Studies are taught through the Department for the Study of Religion, which has a Buddhist Studies Major and a Buddhist Studies Specialist program for undergraduates, as well as language courses and field study programs. At the graduate level, Buddhist Studies is one of the Department’s fields of study. The University also has strength in the field of Tibetan Studies.
At the University of Toronto Mississauga campus, west of the city, courses in Buddhist Studies are taught in the Department of Historical Studies. At the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, east of the city, courses in Buddhist Studies are taught in the Global Asia Studies program in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies.
In addition to regular courses in the departments listed above, faculty and students participate in many research clusters, or informal reading and research groups, such as the following:
- DSR graduate Bryan Levman meets students weekly for a Commentarial Pali reading group to study Buddhaghosa’s commentary on the suttas.
- Several faculty members gathered regularly over a period of several months to read the Guyasamaja Tantra.
- Ajay Rao meets regularly to read Kalidasa’s Raghuvamsa with students.
- Luther Obrock meets regularly to read from the Kathasaritsagara with students.
- Frances Garrett worked with a team of students for over a year on the creation of a Classical Tibetan online language program.
- Several faculty have organized a Kālacakra Tantra reading program involving several courses joined together, for Winter 2018
- Frances Garrett worked for several years on a digital humanities project focused on the students’ research on Shalu monastery
- Khenpo Kunga Sherab meets regularly with students on reading Tibetan texts relevant to their own research
- Graduate students and undergraduates with advanced or native language skills are paired in our Research Mentorship program to work collaboratively on doctoral research projects
- Frances Garrett worked with students over several years on research related to the Tibetan Gesar epic
- Frances Garrett and other faculty are beginning a new research reading group on Tibetan and Himalayan beyul (Hidden Lands) traditions
- Several doctoral students worked together on a translation contract with 84,000 to translate a Buddhist canonical work from Tibetan to English
- A team of Toronto students worked with Tibetan students for a couple of years on a project related to Tibetan and Burmese participatory film and image making