2018 Eastern Buddhist League Conference

People of the world, being weak in virtue , engage in strife over matters which are not urgent…they painstakingly toil for their living. Whether noble or corrupt, rich or poor, young or old, male or female, all people worry about wealth and property…they run wildly in all directions and thus have no time for peace and rest.

 

– The Larger Sutra

 

1011 SHEPPARD AVE W | TORONTO, ONTARIO | M3H 2T7

 

Registration Form

 

Hotel & Excursion Information

For more information about hotel and excursions, please visit our HOTEL and EXCURSION pages.

Friendly Reminder:  Please bring proper documentation for travelling from the U.S. into Canada i.e. Passport.

Hotel Options:

Toronto offers a wide range of hotels and airbnb options. You can visit our HOTEL PAGE to view these links and book a hotel based on your personal preference.

We have negotiated group rates at two hotels, both are relatively close to the temple. Register by August 15, 2018 to get the group rate!

1) Holiday Inn Yorkdale
Newly renovated, this hotel is located across the street from Yorkdale Mall- an upscale shopping experience. It is on the subway line for easy access to the temple and the city centre.

For more information and on-line booking click on this link or call 1-866 – 568-0046 and request the Toronto Buddhist Church group rate of $159.95 plus tax. A limited number of rooms are available at this rate.

2) Staybridge Suites Toronto
Also newly renovated this hotel is located in Vaughan close to restaurants and shopping, including Vaughan Mills where you will find a mix of outlets and specialty concept stores.

This hotel is a 20 minute drive to the Toronto Buddhist Temple (depending on traffic) or you can take two buses or a taxi, Uber or Lyft. For more information on the hotel go to the Hotel Page on our website.

If you would like to book a room, please call the hotel directly at (905) 856-9600. Currently there is no on-line booking option or website to visit.

Please visit our Hotel Page for more information on Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites.

Optional Excursions:
Two optional excursions are available to those who may be interested.

1) Ripley’s Aquarium – 6:30 pm
Traveling on moving glide paths, visitors enter the ocean realm and come face to face with thousands of fascinating fishes and menacing sea creatures. Everything from barracudas, to rays, to jellyfish, octopi, moray eels and giant sharks! A group rate is available for groups of 10 or more. Cost ranges from $18 to $26. Please visit our EBL website for more details about this excursion.

2) Toronto Islands – 3:30 pm
The Toronto Islands – also called the Island, or Toronto Island Park – is located in Lake Ontario, a 13-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto. There are beautiful swimming beaches, sports facilities, bike, canoe and kayak rentals, a boating marina, large grassy fields for picnics, a theatre, nature paths, an amusement park and a charming 150 year-old community of 600 people living year-round in cottage-like homes. Enjoy a beautiful stroll around the island, have dinner on the island or downtown Toronto.

There are two options for the Toronto Islands.

  1. Ferry only: $5 – $8
  2. Add walking tour: $20

Please visit our Excursion Page for more details on Ripley’s Aquarium and Toronto Island.

 

Hotel

Toronto offers a wide range of hotels and airbnb options you can view the links below to see what Toronto has to offer and book your accommodation based on your personal preferences.

Links to Toronto Hotel offerings:

We selected and negotiated GROUP RATES at two hotels, relatively close to Toronto Buddhist Church for those who may be interested. Room availability at the negotiated group rate is limited, so it will be based on availability.

 

Holiday Inn Yorkdale

Newly renovated this hotel is located across the street from Yorkdale mall and a short distance from the Toronto Buddhist Church and subway line for easy access to the city of Toronto.

By car it will take 7 minutes to get to the Temple or you can take a short subway ride (two stops) to Sheppard West stop and walk to the temple from there. For those who like to walk the Temple is approximately 2 miles from Holiday Inn Yorkdale. (approx. 45 min walk).

 

A bit about the Holiday Inn Yorkdale:

A fresh new look awaits you at this hotel in Toronto, proud recipient of the TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence.  Ideally located at Dufferin Street and Highway 401, enjoy easy access to the subway / (TTC public transportation) to explore downtown Toronto or get to Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

The Mediterranean-Style Atrium is a warm and inviting space featuring our indoor salt water pool, sauna, whirlpool, pool table, Nerf tennis court and ping pong table. Our hotel in Toronto boasts an outstanding reputation being recognized amongst the top Holiday Inn hotels across North America.   With fantastic dining options on-site, as well as over 40 nearby, we are the perfect choice for your next visit to Toronto.

The Holiday Inn Toronto Yorkdale is steps away from Yorkdale Shopping Centre, one of the largest and most exclusive malls in Toronto with over 250 stores, services and dining options.’

Visit Holiday Inn Yorkdate Website for more information about the hotel.

https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/toronto/yyzty/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-HI-_-CA-_-YYZTY

 

Booking Instructions:

There are two ways you can book a room; Online or by telephone.

Please see instructions below. Laura Liggett is our reservations co-ordinator and will be the contact person for TBC in case you have any questions.

Individual reservations must be made before August 15th, 2018 to receive the discounted group rate and ensure availability.

  1. Online Booking Link:  Toronto Buddhist Church
    1.     Click on booking link – routed to Holiday Inn Page
    2.     Enter dates, scroll down (group code is prepopulated), Click on “Check Availability”
    3.     Click  “book this room” on preferred room type
    4.     Fill out information, click next to guarantee reservation with credit card.
    5.     Click “confirm”, confirmation number will appear.
  2. Telephone: 1-866-568-0046
    1.    Make reservation with agent requesting the Toronto Buddhist Church group rate

Group Rate: $159.95 Canadian dollars ($121.51 USD) plus applicable taxes (currently 13% HST) . Rate based on room availability.

Parking is available at a flat fee of $12.00 per day/night with unlimited in and out privileges.  Bus parking is available at no charge.

Full hot breakfast buffet is available for $17.95 per person (plus taxes & gratuities) served in the Cafe Monterey restaurant, or you can pick up a continental breakfast at their cafe in the lobby.

(all prices are in CAD).

 

Staybridge Suites Toronto Vaughan South

 

A newly renovated hotel, Staybridge Suites Toronto is located in Vaughan close to restaurants and shopping, including Vaughan Mills shopping center.

It is a 20 minute drive to the Toronto Buddhist Church (depending on traffic) or you can take two buses or a taxi, Uber or Lyft.  Best value for those with a car as it can take some time to get to the Temple.

Located off Steeles Avenue West and Highway 400 in Vaughan our Extended Stay Toronto Vaughan – soon to be Staybridge Suites Toronto Vaughan South is centrally located to Pearson International Airport and is surrounded by a wide assortment of restaurants and shopping including Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre. It is minutes to several area attractions including Black Creek Pioneer Village, Downsview Park & Canada’s Wonderland.  We are the ideal fit for your guests looking for accommodations that feel “Less like a hotel, more like a home.”

Our All Suites is proud to offer and include the following with every stay:

  • One & Two Bedrooms Guest Suites
  • Fully Equipped Kitchens in Every Room
  • Complimentary Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Complimentary Light Evening Meals (Served Monday – Wednesday)
  • On-site Laundry
  • Fitness Facility
  • Complimentary Cable
  • Complimentary Local Calls
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Courtyard with BBQ Area
  • Pet Friendly

For Reservations

Please call the hotel directly at 905-856-9600 and request the Toronto Buddhist Group Block rate.  One queen bed suite is $129.99 and two queen bed suite is $139.99 Canadian plus applicable taxes.

* Currently there is no on-line booking option or website available to visit as the hotel is undergoing change in ownership at this point in time.

All room types held are based on availability.

Schedule

Friday

TIME ACTIVITY
Dinner on Your Own
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Registration
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Meet and Greet the Ministers & Guest Speakers
6:00 – 9:00 pm Hospitality in the Social Hall

Saturday

TIME ACTIVITY
9:00 am – 9:30 am Registration
9:30 am – 10:00 am Opening Service
10:00 am – 10:15 am ①Break
10:15 am – 11:45 am Introduction: “Pursuit of True Happiness…the Shin Buddhist Path” – Rev. Grant Ikuta
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Naikan (Inner Relfection) Exercise – Rev. Grant Ikuta
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Concert – A Crystal Journey, Soothing, Meditative and Healing Music by David Hickey
Formal Conference over for the day – Dinner on Your Own
Optional Activities: At the Temple
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Minyo Odori Workshop
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Taiko Workshop
Optional Excursions: Toronto
3:30 p.m. Ferry to Toronto Island (Walking Tour)
6:30 PM Ripley’s Aquarium

Sunday

TIME ACTIVITY
9:00 am – 9:30 am Registration
9:30 am – 10:30 am Opening Service – Dharma Talk by Rev. Ron Miyamura
10:30 am – 10:45 am ②Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Happiness & Buddhism – Dr. Jeff Wilson
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Ted Talk by Lay Members – Sharing Temple Successes
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Mindful Meditation Workshop OR Happiness Games Workshop
3:30 pm – 3:45pm ③Break
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Ministers TED Talks about Happiness & Buddhism
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Closing Service & Closing Remarks
5:45 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner at the Temple

①②③ Breaks – Come visit our snack table!

All activities take place at the Toronto Buddhist Temple with the exception of the optional excursions.

Lectures & Workshops

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

Lectures:

Introduction: Pursuit of True Happiness…The Shin Buddhist Path by Rev. Grant Ikuta

 

Naikan (Inner Reflection) Exercise – Rev. Grant Ikuta

 

Concert – A Crystal Journey.  Soothing, meditative and healing music – David Hickey

David Hickey performs with Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls, 10-15 of them.  They are accompanied by 2 Persian Santoors and 8-18 Planet Symphonic and Sound Creation Gongs.  Every gong features a strong fundamental note tuned to represent a natural harmonic series based on the orbital properties of the Sun, the Earth, the Moon and other planets.  It’s like having a full orchestra.

Crystal Journey has been touring Canada and the United States from coast to coast for the past 15 years and has performed over 1000 shows.

Each performance is improvised and unique and will leave you with a feeling of calmness and peacefulness.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

Lectures:

Happiness & Buddhism – Dr. Jeff Wilson

 

Ted Talk by Lay Members – Temple Successes

Interesting and informative Ted Talks by various Lay Members from Temples across the Eastern Buddhist League. Learn more about each Temple, their initiatives and involvement in the community.

 

Minister Ted Talks about Happiness & Buddhism

This workshop provides us with an opportunity to listen to Ministers from different temples as they tell their experiences about happier living.

 

Workshops:

Zen Meditation & Mindfulness with Ray Nakano

 Breathe! You Are Alive.

Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy and happiness to ourselves and others.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Join us for an hour of Mindful Meditation with Ray Nakano and learn more about Meditation, and how focusing on the breath can help you live with peace, joy and serenity.

This workshop includes guided sitting and walking meditation and mindful eating.

Ray is a meditation facilitator with the Mindfulness Practice Community of Toronto and has ordained under Thich Nhat Hanh.  He is currently a member of the Order of Inter-Being and a Bell Master for Zen Meditation and Mindfulness.  He conducts Meditation and Mindfulness sessions at the Toronto Buddhist Church every Thursday evening.

 

Happiness Game

Looking for a little bit of fun?

Learn more about what happiness is and how to achieve it by participating in our happiness games and activities.

It’s a great way to distance yourself from the past and future by engaging in the present moment, meeting new people and engaging in laughter and joy!

 

Guest Speakers:  Dr. Jeff Wilson & Rev. Grant Ikuta

Mindful Meditation Bell Master:  Ray Nakano

 

Guest Speakers

Reverend Grant Ikuta

Rev. Grant Ikuta was born September 1, 1964 and lives Steveston, BC where he is the resident Minister at the Steveston Buddhist Temple.   He spent parts of his childhood growing up in Vancouver, Kyoto and Calgary.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in biology from the University of Alberta.  He attended Ryukoku University Bekka (Foreign Student) program and received Tokudo Ordination in the fall of 1988.  He graduated from Central Buddhist Academy Honka Level in 1990 and received Kyoshi Ordination in May 1990.  In February 1992 he completed the Master’s Program in Shinshu Studies at Ryukoku University.

On October 1, 1992 he was assigned to the Toronto Buddhist Church where he spent almost 16 years as the senior Minister.  In July 2008 he was transferred to Steveston Buddhist Temple to serve as resident Minister.  He also served as Bishop to JSBTC from 2011 to 2013.

Along with his current role as resident Minister to Steveston Temple he is also an instructor for the English Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course and has been serving as the Ministerial Association Chairperson within the JSBTC.

He is married to Noriko (who was also a student at the Central Buddhist Academy) and has four children: Arthur Masaaki, Dylan Shingo, Courtney Asano and Erin Akane.

Dr. Jeff Wilson

Dr. Jeff Wilson is a professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies at Renison University College, University of Waterloo.  He is also the founding Chair of the Department of Culture and Language Studies.  At Renison he teaches courses such as “Monsters and Magic in Japanese Popular Culture,” “Buddhism in North America,” and “Pure Land Buddhism.”

Dr. Wilson is the author of six books, including “Buddhism of the Heart: Reflections on Shin Buddhism and Inner Togetherness,” “Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture,” and “The Selected Writings of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III: Comparative Religion.”  He has also published research on Buddhism and same-sex marriage, Canadian Buddhism, American Zen gardens, and more.  He is currently conducting two new research projects: “Buddhism and Economics in North America” and “Home Buddhist Altars in North America.”

Currently a member of the Toronto Buddhist Church, Dr. Wilson has also been a member of the New York Buddhist Church and the West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple.  In 2012 he received Tokudo Ordination in Japan.  He lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with his wife and two children.

 

Excursions

We have two exciting optional excursions planned for you on Saturday September 2, 2018!

Ripley’s Aquarium – 6:30 pm

About Ripley’s Aquarium:

‘Since 1997 Ripley’s Aquariums have thrilled millions of visitors in North America.

Traveling on moving glide paths, visitors enter the ocean realm and come face to face with thousands of fascinating fishes and menacing sea creatures, everything from barracudas, to rays, to jellyfish, octopi, moray eels and giant sharks!’

*Group Rate:

Adults (14-64 yrs.): $26.35
Students: $22.10
Youth (6-13 yrs.): $17.85
Senior (65+): $17.85
Child (3-5 yrs.): $7.65

A representative from Toronto Buddhist Church will meet the group outside Ripley’s Aquarium at 288 Bremner Boulevard, Main Doors at 6:30 pm. Although this is a group event people are free to go through the aquarium at your own pace. Once we are inside you will be on your own and free to go where you want and to leave when you want.

This is truly an amazing excursion and I would highly recommend it to anyone…you won’t be disappointed!

For more information about Ripley’s Aquarium, you can visit their website by clicking on the link below;

*Canadian Dollars, not including tax.

www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/

PLEASE NOTE:  ON THE MAP BELOW THE SUBWAY STOP CLOSEST TO THE TEMPLE IS CALLED SHEPPARD WEST (FORMALLY NAMED DOWNSVIEW).  IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING BY SUBWAY AND WANT TO GET OFF NEAR THE TEMPLE, PLEASE USE THE SHEPPARD WEST STOP.

Download Aquarium Map

Toronto Island – (group to leave the Temple at 3:30 pm)

The Toronto Islands – also called the Island, or Toronto Island Park – it is located in Lake Ontario, a 13-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto.
Kids and adults of all ages can find something to do or see on the Island. There are beautiful swimming beaches, sports facilities, bike, canoe and kayak rentals, a boating marina, large grassy fields for picnics, a theatre, nature paths, EMS and fire station, an amusement park and a charming 150 year-old community of 600 people living year-round in cottage-like homes.

Walking tour of Ward Island (cost: $20 per person)

Two long-time Island residents will lead the walking tour and will show you the homes, gardens and public spaces in their year-round community, They’ll also share stories about what it’s like to live in a park, with no stores or cars, and having to take a boat anytime you want to go somewhere!

Enjoy a beautiful afternoon/early evening stroll around the island and connect with nature, have dinner on the island or downtown Toronto…there is so much to choose from.

You have the choice to walk around the island on your own or to join the walking tour. As a group we will make our way down to the ferry docks (Jack Layton Ferry Terminal), but once on the island you are free to spend as much time as you want, the last ferry off the island is 11:45 pm.

The group will meet in the Temple lobby at 3:30 pm and will take the subway down to the ferry docks. Walking tour starts at 5:30 pm on Ward Island and will end at 7:00 pm. At this time people may choose to have dinner on the Island or take the short ferry ride back to downtown Toronto.

Things to do on the Island:

Centerville Theme Park

Surrounded by 600 acres of gorgeous parkland and just across the harbour from the city of Toronto, you can spin yourself in the Twirling Tea Cups, take a plunge in the Log Flume or bounce around in the Bumper Boats and Bumper Cars – plus don’t forget to ride the Antique Carousel.

Far Enough Farm

Get up close and personal with over 40 different species of farmyard animals and exotic birds!

Food & Drink

You won’t go hungry on the island.  With a number of delicious food outlets throughout the island, there’s an option for everyone!

Enjoy one of the best views of the skyline

Toronto Island is said to have one of the best views of the entire city.  You can see a panoramic shot of the skyline from several focal points of the island, and viewing the city from a peaceful paradise is really the best way to see it.

For more information about Toronto Island you can visit their website by clicking on the link below;

www.torntoisland.com

PLEASE NOTE:  ON THE MAP BELOW THE SUBWAY STOP CLOSEST TO THE TEMPLE IS CALLED SHEPPARD WEST (FORMALLY NAMED DOWNSVIEW).  IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING BY SUBWAY AND WANT TO GET OFF NEAR THE TEMPLE, PLEASE USE THE SHEPPARD WEST STOP.

Download Toronto Island Map

Toronto

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