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The Centre for Buddhist Studies aims to support a dynamic research environment in Buddhist Studies across the McMaster campus and beyond in order to expand scholarly understanding of Buddhist traditions past and present.


We disseminate academic research on Buddhism to a local, national, and international audience, through colloquia, workshops, and conferences.


Our activities enhance teaching programs in Buddhist Studies at McMaster University at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our faculty members work to prepare the next generation of doctoral students for academic careers in Buddhist Studies. The Centre provides mentorship to emerging Buddhist Studies scholars, including undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting researchers from other universities.


Our public outreach mission is to collaborate with local Buddhist communities of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds to help educate a broad populace about Buddhist beliefs, practices, and ways of life.


The Centre acts as a research hub that interacts with other research centres in Buddhist Studies located at universities in North America, Europe, and Asia. We work to enhance existing research partnerships with other such centres, and to develop new opportunities for future partnerships.

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James A. Benn

Professor | Director, McMaster University Centre for Buddhist Studies