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Friday, March 13, 2009

Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program

I received news of this program from the UCLA Center of Buddhist Studies. Sounds like a great way to start off your summer!

Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program

Program Location

The Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program (HBMLP) will take place at the Fo Guang Shan Monastery outside the city of Kaohsiung (Gaoxiong) in southern Taiwan. All participants will be provided lodging on the monastic grounds. All courses and activities will be conducted in English.

Program Objectives

The objective of this program is to promote the understanding of Chinese Buddhism by exposing the participants to the daily practice of Humanistic Buddhism within a traditional Buddhist monastery. The Buddhist Monastic Life Program provides international graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of religion, Buddhism and/or Chinese culture first-hand experience in the lifestyle, training, and rituals of contemporary Chinese Buddhist monastics. This year, approximately 40 applicants will be selected to participate in the program. The primary goals of the program include:

  • Offering participants a chance to view and experience Buddhism as it is practiced in modern-day Taiwan.
  • Providing courses on Buddhism and Chinese culture, taught by Buddhist monastics from Fo Guang Shan
  • Introducing participants to the concepts and practices of Humanistic Buddhism
  • Teaching Buddhist monastic disciplines and traditions
  • Exposing participants to Chinese culture and language
  • Cultivating spirituality through meditation
All of these goals are to be achieved within the context of the monastic experience.

For more information, visit their website.

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