Humanistic Buddhism Monastic Life Program will take place in China, from July 1st to July 28st, 2015.

Buddhism in China - Connecting with the Source: Nirvana Sutra and Dunhuang will take place in Wuwei and Dunhuang, Gansu Province from the 7th to the 17th of June 2015. Our instructor will be professor Mark Blum from UC Berkeley.

The Woodenfish Project

students in meditation

The Woodenfish project aims to advance Humanistic Buddhism through a series of projects geared toward young adults. Woodenfish works with them to promote a spiritual, academic, and socially relevant understanding of Buddhism.

Humanistic Buddhism Monastic Life Program

The Humanistic Buddhism Monastic Life Program (HBMLP) is a month-long program for students and young adults in The People's Republic of China. Participants live as monastics while taking academic classes on Buddhism and participating in traditional practices. The program welcomes participants from all countries, faiths and academic fields.

Buddhism in China Series: China

Through the Buddhism in China series, the Woodenfish Project aims to aid the development of young scholars in the West with research interests in Chinese Buddhism and related fields by offering them the opportunity for direct, intensive academic engagement with the major historical centers of Buddhism in China.

Sutra Translation 

The Sutra Translation Project aims to produce innovative versions of several sutras in the Buddhist canon, translated into English from the original Chinese. These are unique, bi-lingual editions, created in collaboration with Fo Guang Shan’s publishing company, Buddha’s Light Publishing.


What is a “Woodenfish?”

At Fo Guang Shan Monastery, the “woodenfish” drum poises the mind and establishes a tempo so that an  assembly of people can chant in unison.

Further, because fish do not have eyelids, their eyes always remain open even when they sleep. To the Buddhist practitioner, thus, the woodenfish symbolizes community, wakefulness, and unceasing awareness.

The 2012 Woodenfish Program

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