Workshop 2020

The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto, with the support of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai Canada, were pleased to present a three-day conference on New Paths in Teaching Buddhist Studies, held in Toronto on February 21-23, 2020. Additional support was provided by the Department for the Study of Religion and the Asian Institute, University of Toronto.

Organized by Professors Frances Garrett and Sarah Richardson, the event convened instructors interested in a diverse range of approaches to teaching Buddhist Studies in the higher education context, with presentations on teaching Buddhism through material objects, teaching outside the classroom or in international settings, integrating contemplative techniques into the Buddhist Studies classroom, community-engaged teaching, and a host of other new approaches to teaching in our field. 

For those outside Toronto, spaces were available for participants to join us remotely via live video conference on Zoom. We were happy to see participants online with us from around the world.

Most presentations from this conference are now available on the Ho Centre’s YouTube channel – see