In a renaming ceremony on October 27, the University of British Columbia’s “Buddhism and Contemporary Society” program rebranded as the “Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chair in Buddhism and Contemporary Society.”
In 2005, UBC established the Buddhism and Contemporary Society program, North America’s first academic Buddhism program, through the generosity of Robert H. N. Ho, who did so guided by a belief that the insights of Buddhism have a vital role to play in approaching the challenges facing contemporary society. – See more at: https://startanevolution.ubc.ca/news/robert-h-n-ho-family-foundation-chair-buddhism-contemporary-society/#sthash.x6asYU7j.dpuf
New name, same mission
This October, UBC’s chair was renamed The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chair in Buddhism and Contemporary Society to allow it to work more seamlessly within a powerful global network of Buddhist learning. This change anchors the BCS chair and program as part of an exceptionally strong global network philanthropist Robert H. N. Ho and his family have been building since 2005. This network includes universities such as Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Toronto.
“Contemporary Buddhist scholarship is increasingly engaging other disciplines which seek to consider a Buddhist perspective in meeting 21st-century challenges,” says Mr. Ho. “Renaming this program helps our Foundation better fulfill our mandate to expand the understanding, interpretation and application of Buddhist philosophy in contemporary scholarship and society.”
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