Contemporary Asian Buddhism in Toronto: In Conversation

When and Where

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Multi-Faith Centre/Koffler House
569 Spadina Avenue Main Activity Hall, KP 208 Toronto, ON M5S 2J7


Tsering Yangzom Lama
Dr. Michael Ium
Kalsang Yangzom
Dr. Rupaleem Bhuyan
Tenzin Chime (Tsomo)


Tsering Yangzom Lama is a Tibetan-Canadian activist and author of the acclaimed novel We Measure the Earth with our Bodies. Tsering earned her BA in Creative Writing and International Relations from the University of British Columbia and an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. A lifelong activist, Tsering is a Storytelling Advisor at Greenpeace International, where she guides and trains offices around the world in narrative strategy. The evening will feature readings, a panel discussion, questions from the audience, and a book signing.

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Moderator: Dr. Rory Lindsay (Department for the Study of Religion)

Dr. Michael Ium is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department for the Study of Religion and Ho Centre for Buddhist Studies. His research focuses on the early history of the Geluk tradition in Tibet.
Dr. Rupaleem Bhuyan is an Associate Professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. Born in the United States into an immigrant family of Assamese origin, Rupaleem’s scholarship and advocacy focus on the structural violence produced through immigration policies in tandem with systemic racism and gender based violence.
Tsomo is passionate about grassroots community work and foregrounding community perspectives in research. She is the Planning and Community Engagement Worker at Parkdale People’s Economy, and also volunteers at the Tibetan Women’s Association of Ontario as Program Coordinator.
Kalsang Yangzom is a writer, poet, and a former Assistant Professor in the University of Delhi's Department of English. She holds MA and MPhil degrees in English Literature from the University of Delhi. Her research focuses on Tibetan anglophone literature.

Sponsored by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto, with co-sponsorship from the Department for the Study of Religion's Religion in the Public Sphere initiative, the Department for the Study of Religion's Committee on Anti-Racism, Decolonization, and Equity, the Multi-Faith Centre, the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre, and the Tibetan Women's Association of Ontario.


569 Spadina Avenue Main Activity Hall, KP 208 Toronto, ON M5S 2J7