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From material to the mental; Buddhism marks century in Canada Newcomers give meditation a try
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Verma, Sonia
Date: May 30, 2005
Start Page: B.03
Section: News
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Buddhism was brought to this country in the 19th century by Chinese miners and railroad workers. In 1905, Japanese settlers built the first Buddhist temple in Vancouver. (The first Buddhist temple in Toronto - the Toronto Mahavihara - was established in 1978.)

"When people like Richard Gere, Keanu Reeves and Tina Turner convert to Buddhism, people become curious about it," says Henry Shiu, who teaches courses on Buddhism at the University of Toronto.

Yet another reason is Master Tam Shek-Wing himself. Master Tam was a wealthy Hong Kong businessman before he met his guru in the early '70s and fully devoted himself to the study of Buddhism.

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