McMaster University established Buddhist scholar program with $1.2m donation

20/08/2019

The $1.2-million gift comes from Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK) — the Society for the Promotion of Buddhism, a global foundation based in Japan. BDK’s donation will establish a permanent fund at McMaster for the ongoing study of Buddhism. “Thanks to this extraordinary support from BDK, we will have the funds to invite a prominent scholar in Buddhist studies each year,” says Professor James A. Benn, director of McMaster’s Centre for Buddhist Studies. Benn noted that the gift’s impact will be to strengthen McMaster’s research expertise, enhance the education of emerging scholars, and deepen global.

Understanding and awareness of Buddhism. “Over the past decade, we’ve been blessed by strong relationships with BDK Canada and BDK America,” adds Benn. Since 2004, McMaster’s School of Graduate Studies has administered the BDK Canada Graduate Scholarship Program, a blind, peer-reviewed competition for graduate students across Canada. The current scholarship holder is McMaster PhD candidate Ruifeng Chen.

“Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai wishes to contribute to the achievement of global peace and harmony,” says Shōryū Katsura, president of BDK Japan and Canada. “We are delighted to support the work of McMaster University, which helps us continue to promote Buddhist wisdom around the world and create a more compassionate humanity through our global educational programs.”

Established in 1965 by the late Rev. Dr. Yehan Numata, the founder of Mitutoyo Corporation, BDK is a non-sectarian organization that does not promote any particular school of Buddhism. Its mission is to contribute to the advancement of human welfare and world peace, by promoting the Buddhist essences of compassion, interconnectedness, culture and research.

  This fall, the department’s undergraduate programs will be renamed Society, Culture and Religion.

-  McMaster University Hamilton (Ontario) Canada – News release

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