Exploring Buddhism: A Panel Discussion

Event poster displays image of a statue of Buddha in the background. The text reads "SYMBIO presents Exploring Buddhism: A Panel Discussion on Tuesday April 2, 2024 from 12 to 3 pm (EST) located at the Multi-Faith Centre. Meet the panelists: Michael lum, Henry Shiu, Anthony Scott and moderator, Da Ren Jiang." There is a QR code to scan for registration located near the bottom right corner of the image or you can register by visiting the URL https://lu.ma/t1xw6bxl.

Sold Out - Explore an enriching journey of discovery, dialogue, and deep understanding. We invite you to join the panel discussion in exploring the diverse landscapes of Buddhist thought, bringing together esteemed scholars and practitioners to share their insights and experiences.

The panelists will share their unique perspectives and explore a range of topics from the historical origins of Buddhism to its contemporary applications. The discussion will also include navigating the differences between Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions, and the adaptation of Buddhism across various cultures. Panelists will also speak to the practical aspects of Buddhism, including meditation practices, ethical precepts, and the significance of rituals and mantras. 

* This event is not just for those well-versed in Buddhist studies but also for anyone curious about the impact of these ancient teachings on modern life. There is no registration fee, and all are welcome to attend. Please register in advance: https://lu.ma/t1xw6bxl  

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Program Abstract: 

  • Historical Origins & Cosmological Views of Buddhism 

  • Practical & Personal Aspects of Buddhist Practice 

  • Role of Buddhism in Contemporary Society & its Global Impact 

  • Intersection of Buddhism with Modern Challenges & Ethical Considerations 

  • Q & A  

Panel Guests: 

Dr. Michael Ium: Known for his work in Buddhist Health Studies, Dr. Ium bridges the gap between spirituality and wellness. 

Dr. Henry Shiu: A scholar in Buddhist ethics, Dr. Shiu brings a unique perspective on integrating ancient wisdom into modern life. 

Dr. Anthony Scott: A specialist in Buddhist texts, Dr. Scott offers insights into the historical and literary aspects of Buddhism. 

This event is presented by SYMBIO at U of T, and is sponsored by the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library at the University of Toronto Libraries and the University of Toronto Student Life Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study Practice. 

About SYMBIO at U of T: 

SYMBIO is pioneered with the intent of bringing together people who are dreamers with a love for any creative passions. SYMBIO aims to promote the visibility of Asian Creatives in Toronto by spreading arts, cultural heritage, philosophy, music, poems, and ideas through event organizing, online media presence, contemporary artistic expressions, and various outlets. It is a community where all the arts, culture, philosophy, music, and ideas meet. Our mission statement aims to provide our community with a comprehensive immersed experience where different worlds' collide and converge, where cultures are able to have a mutual understanding, and where ideas of creativity can flow naturally and be celebrated upon realization. 

About the Sponsors: 

Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library: The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library is proud to be the intellectual and cultural centre of the academic community for East Asian and Asian Canadian-related studies and programs at the University of Toronto. Working with our collections and communities, our librarians and library staff continue to work to support research, teaching, and learning at the university and beyond. The library’s story begins with a collection of rare materials acquired from China in the 1930s, now known as the Mu Collection (慕氏藏書). Since then, the East Asian Library has grown to become home to some 700,000 volumes of materials in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan, with additional limited resources in Mongolian, Manchu, and Uighur. It is a major research collection on East Asian Studies in North America. In fulfilling its role as a leading East Asian resource centre in the nation, the library is deeply indebted to its many supporters and donors. On July 11, 1991, the library was named the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library (鄭裕彤東亞圖書館) to recognize the especially significant contribution and dedicated support of Dr. Cheng for the improvement and expansion of the library. 

Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study Practice: The mission at the University of Toronto is to enrich the university experience for students by fostering an environment of learning, growth, connection, communities, and support. They envision a future where every student finds a sense of belonging, realizes their potential, and flourishes during their time at the University and beyond. Their work and interactions are grounded in core values that act as guiding principles for decision-making, planning, assessment, and accountability, ensuring we work effectively with students, partners, and each other. These values include Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Access, and Belonging, where we address both attitudinal and systemic barriers through anti-oppression and anti-racism frameworks, and emphasize inclusive design, intersectionality, and interculturality to enhance understanding and belonging. They incorporate Indigenous Knowledge, Truth, and Reconciliation by integrating Indigenous knowledges and approaches, centering Indigenous voices and anti-colonial frameworks. Health and Well-being are at the forefront of their approach, ensuring to consider the whole individual and promote culturally responsive care. They prioritize relationships and community to foster a vibrant campus atmosphere of empathy, respect, and compassion. Life-long, Life-wide Learning and Growth are key, as they support students' holistic development across personal, academic, and career aspirations, instilling a passion for continuous learning. Lastly, as a Responsive Organization, they adapt to emerging trends and needs, drawing on assessment and research to improve our practices, demonstrate fiscal responsibility, and maintain transparency in decision-making. 

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Event date
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Cres c, Toronto, Ontario
Join the discussion on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, from 12-3 PM at the Multi-Faith Centre, where the panelists share unique perspectives and explore a range of topics from the origins of Buddhism to its contemporary applications.