Summer Program> Woodenfish HBMLP 2023

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Dear Colleagues, 

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2023 Woodenfish Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program (HBMLP), in Taipei, Taiwan, July 1st to 28th.

With over 20 years experience, Woodenfish HBMLP provides international undergraduate and graduate students as well as any serious dharma practitioners interested in the study of religion, Buddhism and/or traditional Asian culture first-hand experience with the lifestyle, training, and rituals of contemporary East Asian Buddhist monastics. Moreover, it includes academic lectures and discussions on Buddhist history and doctrine giving the students the appropriate framework for the experience.

The objective of the program is to promote understanding of Buddhism by exposing the participants to the daily life, practice and theory of Buddhism within a traditional Buddhist monastic setting. Moreover, it is:  

  • Offering participants a chance to personally experience Buddhism as it is practiced in modern day Asia

  • Providing courses on Buddhism and culture taught by Buddhist monastics and lay scholars

  • Introducing participants to the concepts and practices of Humanistic Buddhism

  • Experiencing and reflecting on Buddhist monastic discipline and traditions

  • Exposing participants to traditional Asian culture and language

  • Cultivating the mind through meditation and mindfulness

Based on our educational mission, this program offers FREE room and board, class tuition and a cultural tour. Each student will be charged $500 USD for supplies and admission fee, and will be responsible for their own flight to and from Taiwan. 

Read more and apply here: and direct your questions to

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On behalf of Venerable Yifa and the program organizers,

Guttorm Gundersen, PhD Candidate, Harvard University