McMaster receives $1.2M for visiting Buddhist scholar program

May 9, 2019

McMaster University’s Department of Religious Studies says that it will create a new visiting scholar program in Buddhist Studies, thanks to a $1.2M donation. A McMaster release notes that the donation is the largest the department has ever received, and that it will be used to create the Numata Visiting Scholar Program in Buddhist Studies. The gift comes from Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK) — the Society for the Promotion of Buddhism, a global foundation based in Japan. “Thanks to this extraordinary support from BDK, we will have the funds to invite a prominent scholar in Buddhist studies each year,” said James A Benn, Director of McMaster’s Centre for Buddhist Studies. McMaster (ON)