Application Deadline Extended: The 2018 Fo Guang Buddhist Monastric Retreat

Dear colleagues:

The Fo Guang Shan has extended their deadline from the end of March until mid-April. The Fo Guang Buddhist Monastric Retreat will hold their annual monthly monastic retreat at Fo Guang Shan. Participants will have a chance to experience monastic life, Buddhist chanting rituals, Dharma classes, and meditation retreat. Everything is covered save for the airfare and, to reiterate, application will stay open until mid-April, so anyone interested can still apply.

Re: QUERY> Meat Eating in Monastic Contexts

Dear Justin,

Meat eating by an ill monk can be found in Shobo Genzo Zuimonki, a compilation of precepts attributed to Dogen (1200-1253), the founder of Soto Zen sect in Japan. I thought this episode could be of interest to you, especially if interpreted as an allegory of a psychiatric disease. Following is my translation (Gosoen-no E in the text seems to be a title of a kind of compilation of Zen sayings by Zen masters who lived before Dogen):

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