Buddhist Ethics in Modern World

Ottawa Start, April 1, 2005

Ottawa, Canada -- Venerable Yifa is giving a Dharma talk on "Buddhist Ethics in Modern World" at International Buddhist Progress Society of Ottawa on Saturday, April 9, 2005. She is the Numata Visiting Professor for 2004-05 in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University.

Yifa has been a nun at Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Taiwan since 1979. She received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University in 1996, was named among the "Ten Outstanding Young Persons" in Taiwan in 1997, and received the "Outstanding Women in Buddhism Award" in 2003. She has been an administrator at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist College and at Hsi Lai University in Rosemead, California, a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University, and a faculty member at National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan. Now she is on the faculty of Hsi Lai University.

During these years Yifa has been engaged in interfaith dialogues, some of which were supported by UNESCO, and was a contributor to the "Safe Motherhood Project" by UNICEF in the South Asia Office. Her current research focuses on monasticism and women in Buddhism.

She is working on "Women in Buddhism through the Ages" and a project to develop a Database of the Biographies of Chinese Buddhist Women. She is also the author of The Origin of Buddhist Monastic Codes in China, by Hawaii University Press, and Safeguarding the Heart: A Buddhist Response to Suffering and September 11, by Lantern Books, NY.

Topic: Buddhist Ethics in Modern World
Speaker: Venerable Yifa
Time: Saturday, April 9, 2005
10:00AM-11:30AM English Session
2:00PM- 3:00PM Chinese Session
Free Admission, All Welcome

Place: International Buddhist Progress Society of Ottawa
1950 Scott. St. Ottawa, ON, K1Z 8L8
Tel: 613-759-8111

For more information, please contact Angela Chang at 613-521-6023 or at angichang@yahoo.ca, or visit IBPS of Ottawa's website at www.ibpsottawa.org.