SUMMER PROGRAM> Woodenfish Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program (HBMLP) 2018

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Woodenfish Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program 2018

Dates: July 1st to July 28th

Applications for the 2018 Program are now open! Please help us by sharing with your students.

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The Woddenfish HBMLP has promoted understanding of Chinese Buddhism by exposing participants to the daily life, practice and theory of Buddhism within a traditional Buddhist monastic setting since 2001.

We provide international students and young people interested in the study of religion, Buddhism and Chinese culture with a first-hand experience of the lifestyle, training, and rituals of contemporary Chinese Buddhist monastics. The program includes academic lectures and discussions in order to offer the participants historical and doctrinal background for understanding the Chinese Buddhist experience.

Key elements:

  • Offering participants a chance to personally experience Buddhism as it is practiced in modern day China.
  • Training in monastic customs and practices such as sitting meditation, ethics, and liturgy.
  • Introductory courses in various aspects of Buddhism (Early Buddhism, Mahayana, and Chinese Buddhism), such as history, philosophy, etiquette, rituals, Humanistic Buddhism, etc.
  • Cultural workshops with experienced Chinese artists. In previous years we have offered workshops in Chinese classical music, tea ceremony, kongfu, calligraphy, and other Chinese traditional arts.
  • Communal activities within the monastery and chances to interact with monastics and lay people in the monastery.
  • Daily participation in essential routine activities within a Buddhist monastery.
  • Five to seven days of silent meditation.
  • A cultural tour to Mt. Putuo, a sacred Buddhist mountain in Zhejiang province.
  • All activities will either be conducted in English or English translation will be provided.

Rolling admission until April 30th. 

Best regards,

Guttorm Norberg Gundersen

Program Director, Woodenfish Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program 2018