Ruth writes: Coming up in May are some events of interest to people who want to learn about other religions. Please mark your calendar now. Our daily calendar will no longer be available after April 30.
May 16, 1pm-5:30pm; May 17-20, 10am -5:30pm
The Lotus Blooming Buddhist Charitable Foundation has a very special exhibition of “Buddha’s Relics… which contains over a hundred items, including some of the cremated remains of the Shakyamuni Buddha who was born more than 2000 years ago. You can also see relics of his disciples and many great Buddhist masters from different parts of the world. “
Venue: Dr. Hin-Shiu Hung Art Gallery, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough. Email: email@example.com. Website: http://www.douban.com/people/71359975/ (Chinese).
This collection is admission-free and like these other events here is open to people of other faiths and cultures. Its organizers request that you show respect when visiting these sacred objects. Take off your shoes in their presence, etc. “’Seeing Buddha’s Relics is seeing Buddha’. Heartfelt reverence arises from viewing the sacred relics. It awakes our own Buddha nature which may lead us to a path of self-liberation. In mounting this display, the organizers are praying for world peace and the well-being of all living beings.”
On May 14 at 7pm is an interfaith panel discussion on “The Greater Threat: Fundamentalism or Secularism?” This one is at Beth Sholom Congregation, 1445 Eglinton Ave. W. $15. http://www.noorculturalcentre.ca/?p=13235&ec3_listing=disable
6pm. May 2. While not exactly a religious event, this annual concert by Tibetan Cultural Performing Arts Students is part of the effort to keep Tibetan culture alive. For outsiders, it is an opportunity to experience a unique way of life very much alive in our city.
For religious Tibetan Buddhist events, you can contact Tibetan Buddhist temples in Toronto and get on the mailing list of the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tibetan temples in Toronto have an extensive list of religious services and events with members who speak English. Some of these temples are:
Kagyu Monastery, 7 Laxton Avenue. This temple is the Canadian seat of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa. Link: http://www.ksdl.org/blog/events.
Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Society, 598 Browns Line, Etobicoke. This temple is the Toronto home of Tulku Neten Rinpoche, 9th lifetime reincarnated Lama and Abbot of the Jungpa Monastery. http://www.jamtsecholing.org/en/present_JTCL.html.
Riwoche Tibetan Buddhist Temple, 28 Heintzman St. http://www.riwoche.com/eventscalendar.html.
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