2013 Buddhist Education Foundation for Canada Essay Prize

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The 2013 Buddhist Education Foundation for Canada Essay Prize

The Buddhist Education Foundation for Canada (BEFC) announces a student essay competition demonstrating the association between Buddhism/Buddhist psychology and western psychology, science or society.

1. Submissions could focus on the specific and creative ways that the western academic and clinical disciplines, (e.g. psychology, sociology, religious studies, philosophy, medicine, psychotherapy, cognitive sciences) have encountered Buddhism and Buddhist psychology. Innovative explorations of this interaction, focusing on synthesis and integration, are especially encouraged.

2. Alternatively, submissions could also focus on ways in which the Buddhist teachings can be applied to improve the mental health of individuals, families, organizations and communities. Numerous Buddhist discourses address these topics in the context of societies thousands of years ago. Explorations of how such teachings can be relevant in specific situations today are especially encouraged.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students attending a Canadian university and Canadian undergraduate students attending any university outside Canada are eligible to apply.

Deadline: August 31, 2013

Prizes: Three cash prizes of $1,000, $400 and $200. Winning essays will also be published in the fourth issue of Upaya, the undergraduate journal of the Buddhist and Psychology Student Union (BPSU) at the University of Toronto.

Submission Guidelines: The maximum length of the essay should be 3000 words (excluding references), double-spaced and using font 12 Times New Roman. Please submit essays by email to Ms. Christine Ng at BuddhistEduFoundation@rogers.com with “2013 Buddhist Education Foundation for Canada Essay Prize” in the subject line. Your submission should be accompanied by: a brief abstract (which should not exceed 100 words) and contact information on the cover page.

Announcement of the Winners: Winners will be contacted by email by the autumn of 2013 and invited to attend an event of the BEFC near the end of year to accept their prizes. Selection Committee: Essays will be blind-reviewed by the following members of the Selection

Ana Bodnar, Ph.D. Lecturer, University of Toronto; psychologist in private practice
Frances Garrett, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
June Larkin, Ph.D. Director, Equity Studies Program, University of Toronto
Henry Shiu, Ph.D. Lecturer, University of Toronto
Tony Toneatto, Ph.D. Director, Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health Minor Program, University of Toronto
John Vervaeke, Ph.D. Lecturer, University of Toronto
Representative of BEFC

Evaluation Criteria: The following criteria will be used to assess the submissions: originality of the thesis, clarity of expression, soundness of the argument, grammar and writing style.

Further Information: Please contact Tony Toneatto, at tony.toneatto@utoronto.ca if you have any questions or require additional information.

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