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Canadian Buddhist Ephemera Project

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All things are without inherent existence and subject to change. They arise and pass away. So it is with records of the evolution of Buddhism in Canada. For the benefit of future historians, Sumeru is undertaking a project to digitize significant Canadian Buddhist ephemera from the period prior to the year 2000. We hope that... Read more »

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The Black Dog

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In 1972, Piyadassi Mahathera visited the Zen Meditation Centre of Montreal, to give a series of two afternoon lectures on a summer week-end. The centre was housed in a former estate home on Mountain Street above Pine Avenue. Public lectures were held in what had once been a dining room, with wood paneled walls, leaded... Read more »

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Beginner’s Mind

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The first time I met Samu Sunim, he was living in a very sparsely furnished walk-up apartment on l’Avenue du Parc near the mountain in Montréal. It was 1969 and I was 18 years old. Eastern religion was sweeping the west. I had been writing articles in our high school newspaper about Krishna consciousness and... Read more »

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Dr. Ambedkar

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The Ambedkar Mission in Toronto was founded by Darshan Chaudhary in 1979 to celebrate the life and continue the work of  a great modern Indian Buddhist bodhisattva, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. The mission is still going strong. In 1991, the Mission published a small book commemorating the 100th anniversary of Ambedkar’s birth, entitled One Hundred Years... Read more »

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Tibetans in Quebec

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When a small group of Tibetans arrived in Montreal in 1971, they were the first non-European immigrants ever admitted into Canada. They established a community in Longueuil and began the long process of making a home in a new land. My friend Louis Cormier, who has been a dear and trusted partner to that community... Read more »

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