Christopher is a doctoral candidate in the joint Wilfrid Laurier University-University of Waterloo Ph.D. in Religious Studies. He is currently writing his dissertation on the changing face of Tibetan Buddhist monasticism in North American cities. He lives uptown with his wife and two daughters.
In a new series, TCE survey's our region's spiritual landscape. This month: Buddhism in WR.
Christianity’s ubiquity has been steadily curtailed in Canadian public life over the past 50 years, as part of a secularization process that some would say is far from complete. Since the surest way to privilege no particular religion(s) is to represent no religion at all, a politically pragmatic secularism keeps Waterloo Public Square at once peaceable and unspiritual. Absent from our social institutions, Waterloo region’s gods, buddhas, spirits, and other superhuman beings tend to live between the walls of private religious institutions and individuals’ homes where they can be comfortably postulated and interacted with by the spiritual subcultures that comprise our region’s religious diversity.