Past Events

EVENTS in 2017


♦ Presentations:

1. Western Psychotherapeutic Modalities & Their Similarities to Buddhism 2:00-2:40 pm
By: Dr. Ellen Katz, PhD, MSW, RSW
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, U of T

2. Four Noble Truths & Buddhist Approaches to Suffering in Psychotherapy 2:40-3:20 pm
By: Dr. Albert Allen, MD, FRCP(C), Psychiatrist,
2016-17 Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada Fellow
in Buddhism & Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, U of T

Break with Refreshments 3:20-3:40 pm

♦ Panel Discussion:

3. What Might a Buddhist Psychotherapy Look Like? 3:40-4:20 pm
Panelists: Dr. Ellen Katz & Dr. Albert Allen
Moderator: Dr. Tony Toneatto, PhD, FIPA, Clinical Psychologist & Psychoanalyst,
Director, Buddhism, Psychology & Mental Health Program, U of T

Dr. Albert Allen is a psychiatrist in clinical practice since 2013, currently working at Hong Fook Mental Health Association, The ADHD Clinic, and private practice. He completed his residency at the University of Toronto where he trained in various psychotherapy modalities including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He has been actively involved in Buddhist meditation with a mindfulness community since 2008 and received yoga teacher certification from Yoga Therapy Toronto in 2016. He completed a Clinical Fellowship in Buddhism and Psychiatry at the University of Toronto in 2017.

Dr. Ellen Katz is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW).  Dr. Katz comes to the FIFSW with over 20 years of clinical practice working with individuals, couples, families and groups in hospitals and children’s mental health settings, with a particular interest, and with advanced training, in family therapy.  Her research and clinical interests focus on mindfulness, meditation, Buddhism, family therapy, simulation,  and the development of competence in both students and clinicians.  Dr. Katz has been a Senior Investigator with the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, the Dalai Lama’s initiative to bring science and contemplative practice together in developing interventions to ease human suffering and increase knowledge of how mindfulness can be used in that process.

Dr. Tony Toneatto is the Director of the Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health undergraduate program at the University of Toronto devoted to the study of Buddhist and Western psychology. He is also on the Faculty of the Masters of Pastoral Studies (Buddhism) Program at Emmanuel College. Dr. Toneatto is a registered Clinical Psychologist and a psychoanalyst. He spent 23 years at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto as a research scientist in addiction. Dr. Toneatto has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the areas of substance addiction, pathological gambling, and mindfulness meditation.

♦ Q & A / Wrap Up / Evaluation: 4:20-5:00 pm

♦ Location:
Room 119, Emmanuel College, 75 Queen’s Park Crescent East

General Admission: $20 / U of T Students: Free (student ID required)
1:30 pm: Reception/Registration (light refreshments served)

For further information and on-line Registration, please visit:


Oct. 22, 2017 – Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon/5K 2016 Fundraiser
Please join our Buddha-Dharma Team to fundraise for Buddhist education projects of our Foundation.  You may register for the event and set up a fundraising page to raise funds for us when our fundraising page goes on-line
Please email to join the Buddha-Dharma Team. Our team captain Alice Lee will set you up as a team member on-line after you have registered with STWM2017.



Vegetarian Banquet Fundraiser for the

Compassionate Care Community Education & Service 


日期/時間/地點: 2017/5/26 星期五 Friday,7pm-9:30pm

五台山素宴 Wutai Vegetarian Restaurant

8425 Woodbine Avenue, Markham (at Hwy 7)

訂購餐劵: 每位 $100 ($ 60 捐款退稅收條) To purchase tickets: call or text us at  416-910-4858

October 14-16, 2016 – Applied Buddhism Conference & Workshop
Inaugural Conference of the Applied Buddhist Studies Initiative
at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto
~Sponsored by the Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada~
Keynote address on
Applied Buddhism: Past & Present will be given by Prof. John Makransky of Boston College
Oct. 14-15: There will be six panels and 18 speakers. Here is the Flyer (English).
Oct. 15: Two of the six panels will be in Chinese. Here is the flyer (Chinese). These two community panels are open to public.
Oct. 16: There will be a U of T Faculty of Medicine accredited workshop on Empowering Those Who Care for Others: Sustainable Compassion Training Workshop
Visit: for further information and on-line registration

Oct. 16, 2016 – Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon/Half Marathon/5K 2016 Fundraiser
Please join our Buddha-Dharma Team to fundraise for Buddhist education projects of our Foundation. For more information, visit You may register for the event and set up a fundraising page to raise funds for us.
Please email to join the Buddha-Dharma Team. Our team captain Alice Lee will set you up as a team member on-line after you have registered with STWM2016.

January 30 & 31, 2016 – Applying Mindfulness & Buddhism in Providing Care
~Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Experiential Workshop
~Acceptance and Commitment to Living and Dying Workshop
CPD Events accredited by the Faculty of Medicine, U of T
Presented by Emmanuel College, University of Toronto
Sponsored by the Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada
See poster here:

October 12 (Monday), 2015, Buddhist Thanksgiving Celebration  ~ a vegetarian banquet fundraiser for Buddhist studies at the University of Toronto

(with a special tribute to the late Ven. Shi Wu De, President Emeritus of the Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada)

Casa Deluz Banquet Hall, 1571 Sandhurst Circle, Scarborough

Reception/crafts sale: 5:30 pm; Banquet: 6:30 pm

Tickets: $100 per person; $1000 for a table of ten – tax deductible donation receipt of $60 per ticket will be issued.

Purchase tickets in person at 300 Bathurst Street (416) 603-8889

Purchase tickets by phone or by mail:  (416) 910-4858 / PO Box 64585 Unionville, Markham ON L3R 1M0 or e-mail:

Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada(Poster)

October 18 (Sunday), 2015, 5K/Marathon Charity Challenge at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Sponsor our runners to help us reach our fundraising goal!


to support the Shi Wu De Scholarship and Fellowship Fund, courses and courses in Buddhism and community care at U of T & other Canadian universities. THANK YOU!


Asian Heritage Month Education Roundtable (May-June 2015):

Celebration of Asian Wisdom Traditions

May 22 at York University – Buddhism, Mindfulness & Education;

June 7 at Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre – Zen Buddhism & Tea Ceremony; June 7 at Aga Khan Museum – (i) Sufism (ii) Taoist Tai Chi;

June 12 at Multi-Faith Centre, University of Toronto – (i) Hindu Yoga & Indian Classical Music (ii) Inter-faith panel (Asian wisdom traditions)

Fourth Buddhist Chaplaincy Roundtable (May 6, 2015)

Exploring the essential components of a Buddhist rehabilitation program and ways to deliver them to Canadian prisons

Come listen to our speakers and join this meaningful conversation…

–Ven. Roshi Taigen Henderson, Abbot of the Toronto Zen Centre
He is a regular visiting teacher at three Ontario prisons.

–Ven. Master Hueiguang, Abbot of International Bodhisattva Sangha
His Sangha has spearheaded a growing Buddhist service program that has established 43 Buddhist libraries and is supporting 37 Buddhist groups in California state prisons.

–Rev. Dr. John Funelas, full-time Chaplain at Warkworth Institution, a medium security federal penitentiary
He is also the liaison Chaplain for the inmate’s Buddhist Group at Warkworth.

–Professor Pam Couture, Jane and Geoffrey Chair of Church and Community at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto

Moderated by: Ms. Chris Ng, President, Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Chapel, 3rd Floor, Emmanuel College
University of Toronto
75 Queen’s Park Crescent (near Museum Subway exit)

Free Admission / Light refreshments served

Please register for this event by emailing us at

For further information, please call 416-910-4858

–This event is sponsored by Emmanuel College