By Victo Matthews
Buddhism has turn into an incredible faith in Canada over the past half-century. The 'ethnic Buddhism' linked to immigrant Asian humans is crucial element, yet there's additionally a turning out to be constituency of Euro-Canadian Buddhists heavily attracted to the religion. This insightful study analyzes the phenomenon of Buddhism in Canada from a nearby standpoint. The paintings presents an incredible exam of where of Buddhism in a built western kingdom linked to a conventional Judeo-Christian tradition, yet present process profound sociological transformation because of large-scale immigration and religio-cultural pluralism. it's a invaluable textual content for college students of faith, Buddhism and North American reviews.
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Throughout the temple, the ambience is one of splendour and activity. The triad of images of Shakyamuni, Guanyin, and Ksitigarbha, the gleaming furnishings, the red carpeting, and the many inscriptions along the walls of the rooms serve to convey a message of a certain prosperity in the dharma attained by the Vietnamese community in the Vancouver area. There are also Vietnamese temples and communities on Vancouver Island in Victoria and Nanaimo, the fastest-growing city in British Columbia, as well as groups connected with mindfulness practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh in Victoria, Sooke, North Vancouver, and Vancouver.
This so-called ‘shack monastery,’ with Bhikkhu Sona and a monk from Germany, Ven. Piyadhammo, was arguably the ﬁrst Western Theravada monastic site in Canada. In the beginning there were no laypersons to offer food, so Ven. Piyadhammo volunteered to disrobe until a steward could be found. When he reordained at the Pemberton site in 1995, it was the ﬁrst Theravada ordination of a non-ethnic bhikkhu in the province. While retaining the name Birken Forest, in 1998 the monastery became more ‘formalized’ at a new site near Princeton British Columbia.
Goenka, an Indian national who studied in Burma with Sayagyi U Ba Khin. This famous organization has attracted strong ﬁnancial backing in British Columbia and is able to offer free ten-day retreats for about thirty people each time in its new retreat center near Merritt, in the interior of the province. A second organization is the Theravada Buddhist Community of Vancouver, a network of local sitting groups and sponsored classes in Buddhism and vipassanA (‘inward vision’, ‘insight meditation’), brought together by the efforts of Brian Ruhe, a Theravada enthusiast.