The Program

:: seeking to understand Buddhism in socio-economic, political, and ethical life ::

Housed at the University of British Columbia, and supported by The Tung Ling Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, our mandate is to foster understanding of modern and contemporary Buddhist forms, and how they are involved in socio-economic and political life of Asia and abroad in Buddhist diaspora communities in the Vancouver region. For more information about the TLKY Canada Foundation, please visit The Buddhist Door website.

The Program sponsors undergraduate and graduate teaching about Buddhism at UBC, brings in a variety of visiting speakers as part of the TLKY lecture series, holds workshops and conferences on issues of contemporary relevance, supports student research on the contemporary state of Buddhism in Asia and abroad. The Program is organized by the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Chair and occasionally supports visiting scholars. Recently, as part of its mission of community outreach, the Program has begun to connect with local Buddhist communities, sharing information and creating a calendar of events in the Vancouver and Lower Mainland areas.


For further information on the Program, please contact Jessica Main (Program Director). Information about upcoming and past events, lectures, and conferences will be posted here, as well as on the websites of the Institute of Asian Research and the Department of Asian Studies. The Program was established at UBC in 2006 thanks to the generosity of The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation and Robert H.N. Ho. It is the first program devoted to the study of modern and contemporary Buddhism in North America.