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Summer Program Announcement: Woodenfish 4-week HBMLP in Ningbo China (Yifa)

China (Yifa)
Date: Wed, Feb 13, 2013

Now we are announcing our 13rd year of the Woodenfish Programs, and please
help to introduce to your students, colleagues and friends. The 4- week
Humanistic Monastic Life Program (HBMLP) 2013 will be held at Ayuwang
Temple (King Asoka Temple), Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China and this is
our first to move the monastic life program to mainland China. Following
shortly, we will make another announcement on 10-day Workshop on Guanyin
(Avalokitesvara) Study led by Professor Chun-fang Yu sponsored by Putuo
Buddhist College.

Thank you for your assistance,

Yifa  (

Founder of the Woodenfish Project

Adjunct, University of the West

1409 Walnut Grove Ave.,

Rosemead, CA 91770



2013 Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program (

DATE: July 4-July 31, 2013

VENUE: Ayuwang Temple, Ningbo, China


DEADLINE OF APPLICATION: May 15th, 2013 (on rolling basis)

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduates and graduates.

COST: tuitions and room and board in China are covered by the Woodenfish

COLLEGE CREDIT: to receive three credits from University of the West for
undergraduates or graduates (optional)

To download the application form, please visit:

For further question please email to:


Woodenfish: HBMLP is designed to immerse Westerners in Buddhist monastic
life, and give them a first-hand experience with Chinese Buddhism that
would likely be unavailable to them in their home countries. This year’s
Woodenfish Program is divided into three main segments:

*Segment I (14 days) – Orientation, Monastic Lifestyle & Classes*

This part of the program begins with an orientation to intensive immersion
in the monastic lifestyle: Group assembly; appropriate greetings to
monastics, teachers and other monastic residents; shrine, meditation and
dining hall etiquette; dormitory rules; and basic standards of Buddhist
monastic ethics. The students will be exposed to the same disciplinary
expectations as the monks and nuns at the monastery. The daily schedule
which follows is based around morning meditation and evening chanting,
along with the three formal meals in the main dining hall — for which
instruction is provided.

After this orientation, Segment I focuses on a range of classes. Morning
classes cover a wide range of Buddhist subjects. These classes follow the
formation of Buddhist traditions, from early Indian and Mahāyāna, into
classical Chinese Buddhism, culminating in modern Humanistic Buddhism.
These classes provide participants with opportunities to ask questions and
begin discussions in an academic setting. Afternoon sessions focus on
applied Buddhism and Chinese culture, such as calligraphy, Buddhist music
or mindfulness and psychology. Some afternoons will also feature additional
meditation instruction and practice, and / or community service such as
gardening, cooking, dining hall service, and so on. In the evenings, group
discussion will be held or senior monastics will give talks in regards to
their areas of expertise.

*An example of a typical day:(schedule is subject to change according to
the situation at the temple)*

5:30 AM

Wake-up Call

6:00 - 6:50 AM

Morning Meditation and Tai-chi

7:00 - 8:00 AM


8:00 - 11:00 AM

Classes: Buddhist Doctrine and Thought

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch and Walking Meditation

1:30 - 3:30 PM

Classes: Applied Humanistic Buddhism

3:30 - 5:30 PM

Community Service / Meditation

6:00 - 6:30 PM

Medicine Meal (Dinner)

7:30 - 9:00 PM

Group Discussion / Sermon / Q&A

9:00 - 9:30 PM


10:00 PM

Lights Out

*Segment II (7 days) – Chan Meditation Retreat*

With the basic monastic etiquette and lifestyle in hand, the students will
now be prepared to enter the meditation hall for a Seven Day Chan
Meditation Retreat. The retreat will be led by monastics who are meditation
specialists. The retreat is held in silence, and involves alternating
sessions of sitting, walking and standing meditation, and students shall
stay in the meditation hall quarters. The culmination of the retreat is a
“three steps one prostration” pilgrimage through the monastery grounds.

*Segment III (5 days) – Cultural Tour of other Temples and Historical Sites*

At the end of program we will take tour to the other Buddhist or Daoist
temples or historical sites in Zhejiang Province. Detailed information will
be provided later to those who are selected.

Woodenfish Project
skype: "woodenfish2002"
Phone in US:        1 917 376 7487 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1 917 376 7487 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Phone in China: 86 1391 186 7487
Phone in Taiwan: 886 928 603 487

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