October 25, 2017

"For me, the artistic approach is the middle ground to pull the academic and faith together. "

Maxwell Holden's Woodenfish Story

In 2012, I was a graduate student in region and studio art. My advisor recommended this workshop to me. I participated in the BIC (Buddhism in China) program in Shanghai, and visited about 20 temples. I I loved how Yifa packed so much into each day. I am really interested in Chinese Buddhism and want t...

October 12, 2017

Want to hear what Woodenfish alums have said about their experiences in our programs and their spiritual/professional paths? Alumni Spotlight will introduce you to our alums and their insights!

Spencer Ballantyne's Woodenfish Story

I heard about HBMLP from a Professor at Davidson College. My father passed away a year before. I had many questions and kept asking why. I wanted answers. Through the program, I learned about liv...

October 11, 2017

Becoming a Buddhist Nun

When I was about 12 or 13 years old, I had a strong desire to explore questions such as what the meaning of life is, and where humans come from and where they ultimately go. While my fellow students in junior high were working hard on preparing for the college entrance examination, I was so devoted to discovering the meaning of life that I saw the three words, meaning of life, printed in the sky when I w...

September 19, 2017

On August 31st, Dr. Yifa was invited to visit the Gaozun Temple, located in Deyang, Sichuan province in China to meet with the Master Jijing, and to attend the annual meeting of the Fuhuideng Educational Group. In the speech she gave to the employees and volunteers of the the Fuhuideng group about Buddhist management, Dr. Yifa shared the management wisdom in Buddhism gained from running Buddhist groups in Taiwan and internatio...

August 27, 2017

Sjoerd

After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Administration from Tilburg University, Netherlands and Masters’ Degree in Finance from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Sjoerd decided to step out his comfort zone and study abroad in Beijing, a mysterious destination abounded with exciting traditions and cultures. Sjoerd first heard about Buddhism in high school, during his world religion class. But he mentio...

August 27, 2017

Adhering to the principle of exposing China’s youth to traditional Chinese studies and preparing them to become responsible global citizens, Woodenfish’s third annual World CitiZen Youth Camp took place at the Aimer Building in Beijing. The program attracted a dozen of international instructors hailing from America, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Hungary, and El Salvador, and they currently work in a diverse range of profess...

August 9, 2017

An International Community in a Monastic Setting

At the 1200-year-old temple, Jin'e Temple founded by an influential Zen master, Huaihai, in the historical city Ningbo in China, undergraduate and graduate students from 23 countries gathered to experience the Buddhist monastic life. Woodenfish’s signature program, the Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program (HBMLP), celebrated its 16th year while the program took place from Ju...

Woodenfish Dunhuang Buddhist Studies Workshop took place from June 16 to 27, 2017 at the Dunhuang Buddhist Research Center of the Dunhuang Academy. The workshop attracted outstanding guest speakers and participants to study Buddhist art in Dunhuang through lectures, site visits, and discussions to further enrich the studies of Buddhist culture in Dunhuang and to promote relevant discoveries internationally. Thirty graduate stu...

At 8:30 a.m. on June 26, 2017, the opening ceremony of the Buddhist Studies Center at Dunhuang Research Academy took place at Mogao Caves. Xudong Wang, Director of the Dunhuang Research Academy, Ven. Fabao, Vice President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, and Ven.Dr. Yifa, the founder and President of Woodenfish Foundation attended the ceremony and delivered speeches. Angela F. Howard, Honorary Professor at Rutgers Univers...

July 7, 2017

On June 11, 2017, a three-day International Woodenfish Forum, "Shanghai Buddhism and New Technology Conference" kicked off at Intercontinental Shanghai Puxi hotel. Over one hundred experts, scientists, and artists from around the globe specialized in the studies of Buddhism, Sinology, Theology, and Psychology participated in the event and delivered talks about their work. For student scholars, relevant youth forums were held e...

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BSF 2018 Reaches Audience of One Million

October 16, 2018

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