Monday, January 26, 2009

Summer Program: Woodenfish Project---8th Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program

From: "Ven. Yifa"
Subject: Re: Summer Program--Woodenfish--8th Humanistic Buddhist
Monastic Life Program

~Summer Program~

*Woodenfish Project---8th Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program
*Date: June 16-July 15, 2009
*Venue: Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Taiwan
*Deadline of Application: March 23, 2009

* *

**To Study Buddhism at a Traditional Monastery for a Month
**Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students
**Unique First-hand Monastic Life Experience
**Beyond the Cover of a Book or the Walls of the Classroom
**Earn Academic Credit from University of the West
**Program Costs, Room and Board are Free

Dear Colleagues,

Happy Chinese New Year of the OX! It is my pleasure to
announce the 8th
year of the Woodenfish --Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program!
Over the
past seven years the program has offered nearly four hundred students
rare opportunity to put theory gained in the classroom into practice, by
living a monastic experience. We are once again extending this unique
opportunity to qualified graduate and undergraduate students. Those
with an
emphasis in the field of Buddhism and Chinese culture or language are
strongly encouraged to apply.

Since 2002, I have watched this program evolve and become a
element of maturation for all of the participants. It has truly been a
changing experience for us all. After the program, many of
participants are
already pursuing advanced study in Buddhism, more than 30 are now in
graduate school; in addition, five have become young professors teaching
Buddhism. Several dozens of Woodenfish alumni have been inspired to
take more Chinese language and many of them are now in Taiwan and China.
Another big portion of Woodenfish alumni are undertaking peace work or
other cause-related projects, which makes me very proud of them.

Last week, we successfully expanded, beginning a new Winter Woodenfish
for local Whittier College students at Hsi Lai Temple in Los Angeles.
we are going announce another new Woodenfish Project—"Buddhism in
Chang'an" by taking scholars and graduate students to China. Now I am
asking you to please extend this rare opportunity by advertising this
program at your college or university. Please direct interested
students to
our website, , where students will find
information as well as the e-mail address for our coordinator to
answer any
questions. Thank you again.

Warm Regards,
Venerable Dr. Yifa
*Woodenfish Project* for Academic Eduation in Buddhism or

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