Gems: An Introduction to Canadian Buddhism for Young People and the Young at Heart (Paperback)
The title of this book, Gems, comes from the Buddhist teaching that sees all living beings as possessing precious jewels. Each shining jewel is located where the strands cross one another in the vast web of the universe.
Buddhism is one of the four major world religions, and a rapidly growing part of Canadian life. But what is Canadian Buddhism? What happens in those 550+ temples, meditation centres and retreats across the country? How long have Buddhists been here and where are they from? Can anyone be a Buddhist? Who practices now?
In this straightforward and light-hearted introduction, we'll explore the meaning, practice, sociology, history and experience of Canadian Buddhism. We'll shine a fresh Buddhist perspective on wellbeing and the challenges our growing years. Also included are many photos depicting scenes from daily life and significant events for Canadian Buddhists.