The 2012 Woodenfish Taiwan
Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program
-in conjunction with-
The 2012 World Youth Summit on Cross-Cultural Education
Sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education, Fo Guang Shan Monastery and Buddhist Light International Association
Dates: July 15 to August 12, 2012
Eligibility and Selection
Woodenfish Taiwan accepts applications from students of any country and any academic major under the age of 40. Applicants from diverse academic disciplines and religious backgrounds are encouraged to apply. While a majority of participants are working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree, Woodenfish also encourages anyone involved in academic work or with an interest in Buddhism to apply. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of monastics, academics, and alumni of the program. Approximately 100 students will be offered admission to the 2012 program. The final application deadline is April 15th. Applications will be reviewed on a ROLLING BASIS, and decisions will be made within one to two weeks after the submission of one’s application. Since the selection is very competitive, applicants are highly encouraged to apply early to have a better opportunity for admission.
The program will take place at 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—or in Chinese with English translation provided.
Woodenfish Taiwan is designed to immerse Westerners in Buddhist monastic life, and give them first-hand experience with Zen that would likely be unavailable to them in their home countries. This year Woodenfish will be held in conjunction with another annual program at Fo Guang Shan Monastery: The World Youth Summit on Cross-Cultural Education, which gathers together students from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China—many of whom already have first-hand experience with Zen Buddhism—for the purpose of discussion, practice, and self-cultivation. By combining these two programs this year, Fo Guang Shan hopes to facilitate greater cross-cultural, interfaith dialogue and to provide more opportunities for students from various countries and different backgrounds to exchange their ideas, learn from one another, and develop lasting friendships. This year’s Woodenfish Program is divided into three main segments:
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