The McMaster Buddhism Association is a new group on campus, created with the purpose to share the lessons of the Buddha, including those on mediation, ethics, morality, the cultivation of goodness, and more. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join the association, whether they they identify as Buddhists, are of another faith, or do not follow any religion.
The group holds weekly meditation sessions in the Mindfulness Centre and, in conjunction with a monastery in Westdale, offer weekly day courses in mindfulness, and residential courses over the reading weeks as well. They will also be presenting two lectures by professors and two talks by Buddhist teachers over the course of the year, and are holding two peace walks – on in the fall, and one in the spring.
Today will be the group’s first peace walk, following in the tradition of Gotama Buddha and other famous peace activists from Mahatma Gandhi to Martin Luther King. The peace walk will be a silent 3 km trip starting from the Burke Science Building lawn at 4:30 pm, traveling through Cootes Paradise along the Chegwin and Ravine Road trails, and ending at the Buddhist monastery in Westdale (Bond and King) around 6 pm where participants will be met with hot apple cider and pumpkin pie.
The purpose of the walk is to cultivate peace within one’s self and to send a message of determination towards the attainment of peace for all beings. The walk will be conducted in silence, encouraging personal reflection or meditation.
Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu, the monk of the McMaster Buddhism Association, came on the Morningfile today to chat with Ingie about the goals of the group, the programs they offer, and the peace walk planned for later today. You can listen to the full interview by clicking on the sound clip below.