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

 

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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 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.

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
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Meet and Greet the Ministers + Lay Leaders
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. Bob Oshita & Rev. Patti Oshita
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm TED Talks by Lay Members – Sharing Temple Successes
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Conflict Resolution – Rev. Patti Oshita
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. Bob Oshita
10:30 am – 10:45 am ②Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Moments of Reflection – Rev. Bob  Oshita & Rev. Patti Oshita
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Actionable Ways to Achieve Happiness – Rev. Bob Oshita
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Mindfull 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. Bob Oshita and Rev. Patti Oshita.

We are very fortunate and delighted to have Rev. Patti and Rev. Bob Oshita joining us at our EBL 2018 Conference as our keynote guest speakers. They will introduce our theme “Pursuit of True Happiness…The Shin Buddhist Path” and present insightful “Moments of Reflection” which relate to everyday events to help us understand the meaning of true happiness and the Shin path on this journey. There will be an opportunity for all of us to participate in this exciting format as each “Moment of Reflection” will be followed by a brief question and response session.

 

Ted Talks by Lay Members – Temple Success

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.

 

Conflict Resolution by Rev. Patti Oshita

 As Followers of the Dharma, we have been taught and know well that in life, everything is Impermanent. The world and our lives are constantly changing; and we are constantly adjusting to the changes of life, whether the changes are great or small. It is virtually impossible to live life without encountering challenges as we try to pursue our happiness. It is virtually impossible to live life without encountering conflict. Finding ways to better understand the conflicts we encounter on our journey through life, are essential, if we are to “discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.”

(Dalai Lama)

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

Lectures:

Moments of Reflection (continued from Saturday) by Rev. Bob and Rev. Patti Oshita

A continuation from our lecture on Saturday, Rev. Bob and Rev. Patti will present insightful ‘Moments of Reflection’ which relate to everyday events to help us understand the meaning of true happiness and the Shin path on this journey. There will be an opportunity for all of us to participate in this exciting format as each “Moment of Reflection” will be followed by a brief question and response session.

Rev. Patti and Rev. Bob feel that if the Dharma is going to impact meaningfully on the English speaking world then we must be able to share the Dharma without using a single technical word or phrase. If our Jodo Shinshu Teaching is going to survive and grow in North America, we must try to share the Nembutsu that is beyond any traditional words and phrases. Can we do this?

In a way, Nembutsu is a Koan. “What is the Nembutsu that exists before there was Namo Amida Butsu?”

 

Actionable Ways to Achieve Happiness by Rev. Bob Oshita.

If you ask people what makes them happy, many can come up with a list of things that bring them pleasure or other long lasting things like spending time with family and friends or learning something new. Many of us have a sense of what makes us happy, but don’t necessarily reflect it in our day-to- day actions. During this workshop Rev Bob will talk about why happiness is important and what steps you can take in your daily life to make this happen.

The Dalai Lama wrote:

“One Great Question underlies our experience, whether we think about it consciously or not: What is the purpose of life? I have considered this question and would like to share my thoughts in the hope that they may be of direct, practical benefit to those who read them.

I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness…   From the core of our being, we simply desire contentment.  Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.”

 

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.

Learn more about;

  • How to live mindfully
  • Being comfortable with who you are
  • Ways to connect with people and enhancing our relationships
  • How to find peace of mind when life is stressful

And so much more…

 

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:  Rev. Bob Oshita & Rev. Patti Oshita

Mindful Meditation Bell Master:  Ray Nakano

 

Guest Speakers

Reverend Bob Oshita

Bob Oshita was born August 10, 1948 in Waverly, Iowa. Third (and favorite) child of four born to Sam and Setsuko Oshita

At the age of 2, the Oshita family moved to San Francisco from Waverly, Iowa. Grew up in post war San Francisco attending the Buddhist Church of SF. Each year, strived to attain the one or two day absent
award rather than perfect attendance. Students with perfect attendance received a pin compared to the toys that were given to those who achieved one or two days of absence.

Undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, Psychology
Graduate studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley
Tokudo received in Kyoto in the Fall of 1973
Kyoshi received in Kyoto in the Fall of 1974
First BCA assignment: Los Angeles Betsuin, 1975-1978
Leave of absence from assigned ministry from January of 1979.

Played briefly again in Japan then returned to work in San Francisco for the Westside Mental Health Center as a Community Education Specialist.
After 6 year leave of absence, returned to BCA in 1984, requesting and receiving assignment to be the 36th minister to serve the Sacramento Betsuin

Married in August of 1986
Gained an even 56 pounds in these last 32 years of marriage
Likes to golf, but rarely breaks 100.

Reverend Patti Oshita

Patti Oshita was born and raised in a small country town outside of Fresno called Fowler.   She is the oldest of three children born to Chuck and Jean Ideta.

In 1985, she moved to Sacramento and worked for Congressman Robert Matsui for almost 7 years. She then returned to school and received her BA in Humanities & Religious Studies from the California State University, Sacramento in 1995.

She is retired from the California Department of Transportation as a Manager in the Human Resources Department in September 2012 and joined the Sacramento Betsuin as a Program Developer, developing new and innovative programs. In June 2014, she joined the ministerial staff at the Betsuin and retired in September 2016.

She is one of the two original leaders of the Betsuin Girl Scout Troop that began with 8 girls 26 years ago. Today, the troop has around 180 girls and more than 60 leaders and parent helpers.

Patti received her Tokudo Ordination in 2003 and Kyoshi certification in 2007.  For 13 years, “Team Betsuin” has been hosting and running the BCA Youth Advocacy Committee (YAC) youth retreats. She is blissfully married to Rev. Bob Oshita and in her spare time enjoys watching the cooking shows, shopping and golfing when she has time.

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

Attractions

Toronto is a vibrant and exciting city offering many different options to those visiting. You can attend a sporting event, live music, great restaurants, shopping or visit the theatre. There are also many cultural events and family attractions available – CNE Airshow is something to see. September is also a beautiful month to explore the city by foot, you will stumble upon interesting pockets of the city providing an experience you will remember for a long time. With the Canadian dollar trading at around $0.75 on the U.S. dollar, it provides great value for Americans to travel to Toronto.

Here is a list of some of our favourite spots in Toronto.

Click on this link for more information:

http://www.seetorontonow.com/events-and-attractions/?&cid=pds_Event9qbuRY93&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIp8qlud2C2gIViENpCh1N5gMAEAAYASAAEgLhvPD_BwE#sm.00000vw4gc5rywf9rukdvh8xflqh1

Culture:
Royal Ontario Museum
Art Gallery of Ontario
Aga Khan Museum
Japanese Cultural Center
Casa Loma
Bata Shoe Museum
Theatre – Come from Away is playing right now

Popular Attractions:
Hockey Hall of Fame
CN Tower
Toronto Zoo
Beach
St. Lawrence Market
Distillery District

Shopping:
Eaton Center
Yorkdale Mall
Queen St. West
Yorkville

Special Events:

CNE / Airshow

A long time annual attraction in Toronto is the Canadian National Exhibition and Airshow. It takes place from August 17th – September 3rd. It has rides, games, music, shows and lots of food. Here is the link for more information. If you can find time in your schedule it really is something to see, especially the air show which is on September Labour Day weekend.

https://theex.com

Baseball Game

If you want to catch a Blue Jays game they are playing Tampa Bay Rays in Toronto on Monday September 3rd, 2018. You can click on this link for more information.

https://www.mlb.com/bluejays/schedule/2018-09

Theatre

There is so much to choose from.  A very popular show right now is ‘Come from Away’ but there is so much to choose from.  Below is a link to the BEST shows in Toronto for 2018.

https://www.toronto-theatre.com

 

Tours:

There are many city tours to enjoy if that is your thing…Toronto has a ‘hop on, hop off’ city tour or you can partake in the ‘ultimate Toronto Tour’ where they show you the top city sites. We also offer many food tours all over the city, for example; Kensington market, St. Lawrence maket, Korean food etc…

 

City Tours Link:

https://www.citysightseeingtoronto.com

Top 10 Food Tours in Toronto Link:

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attractions-g155019-Activities-c42-t204-Toronto_Ontario.html

 

Toronto Restaurants:

There are so many good restaurants in Toronto, it is really hard to name a few. We included some links you may want to look at before coming in September. Once you are here, if you are still unsure of where to eat please feel free to ask any of the volunteer organizers for their favourite places to eat.