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New Book on Buddhism and Statecraft

Dr. Stephanie Balkwill (PhD, McMaster 2015), Assistant Professor, UCLA and Dr. James A. Benn co-edited a new book on Buddhism and Statecraft in East Asia. It is Open Access (free to download and read) from Brill.
Apr 19, 2022

Workshop on Digital Humanities for the Study of East Asian Religions

Two-day hands-on workshop on Digital Humanities tools for graduate students in East Asian religions
May 10, 2018

New Directions in the Study of Chan Buddhism

Friday, May 11, 2:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at McMaster University.
May 10, 2018

Dr. Shayne Clarke wins SSHRC Insight Grant

The $247,125 grant will help advance scholarship of Tibetan Dunhuang manuscripts preserved in the Stein and Pelliot collections.
Feb 20, 2018

Dr. James Benn wins 5-years SSHRC Insight Grant

Dr. James Benn, in the Department of Religious Studies, has been awarded a 5-year SSHRC insight grant
Feb 14, 2018

UBC receives $4.9 million for global Buddhist academic network

Tianzhu Global Network marks an unprecedented international collaboration of top-tier research institutions.
Jan 04, 2018

Graduate student writing retreat

The Department of Religious Studies is holding a writing retreat on Friday, December 8. All members of the department are encouraged to attend.
Nov 22, 2017

MA graduate researches Buddhist diplomacy in Sri Lanka

Myra Sivaloganathan graduated with an MA in Religious Studies in 2017. We are grateful to her for taking the time to answer some of our questions about what she is currently doing and what she learned in her time at McMaster!
Oct 25, 2017

Tracing Manjusri: How an Indian Bodhisattva became a Permanent Resident of China

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to present Dr. Paul Harrison the George Edwin Burnell Chair in Religious Studies at Stanford University as a Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Sep 05, 2017

Visiting Speaker | Fumi Yao

Thurs., March 9, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., University Hall (UH) room, 122, Fumi Yao will give a paper with the title: “Re-encountering old materials through a new discovery: the emergence of another Sanskrit manuscript of the Bhaiṣajyavastu.”
Feb 14, 2017

BDK Canada Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship will enable advanced graduate students in Buddhist Studies who are Canadian Citizens or studying in a Canadian University to spend one year in a Japanese University, studying and/or carrying out doctoral research. Application deadline: Nov. 1, 2017
Jan 29, 2017

Colloquia and Visiting Speakers: 'Crossing the Dharmascape: Mindfulness and Insight Practice in Burma and America'

Dr. Erik Braun, University of Virginia. Fri., Jan. 27, 2017 at 4:00pm. Location: UH 122
Jan 18, 2017

Colloquia and Visiting Speakers: 'Buddhism in Court: A Case Study of Puguang Nunnery in Dunhuang'

Dr. Cuilan Liu, Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in The University of Toronto Tentative topic: Buddhism in Dunhuang. Tuesday December 13, 2016 2:30pm. Location: UH 122
Nov 04, 2016