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               The World CitiZen Youth Summer Camp was inaugurated in the Summer of 2015 by Ven. Yifa as a way to encourage Chinese children and teenagers to connect with global culture through the lens of Humanistic Buddhism and traditional Chinese thought. Global culture can be defined as a sense of belonging to not just one nation, but to a greater worldwide community that transcends boundaries and embraces the common values of peace, human welfare and education. This global culture is introduced through a curriculum that blends different traditions, Eastern and Western, with the assumption that they emanate from the same core intention, namely the betterment of life on Earth.

               From another perspective, the World CitiZen Youth Summer Camp seeks to cultivate four qualities in its students that we see as characteristic of "world citizens": awareness (自觉), inclusivity (包容), diligence (进取) and tranquilit...

 

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               The 2015 Session of the Woodenfish Foundation's Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program (HBMLP) was held from July 1st to July 28th. This was the 14th year of HBMLP and our 3rd year operating in mainland China- is it any wonder that with so much accumulated experience we would have an exceptionally fruitful month? Three temples in northern China graciously opened their doors to our group of lay students (plus one Korean monastic) and gave them the opportunity to experience Chinese culture, practice meditation, and survey the history and philosophies of Buddhism while immersed in a monastery setting. With an enrollment of 70 students from over 20 countries and 60 different higher education institutions, this was our biggest year yet!
               Since 2002, Woodenfish's flagship HBMLP has offered students from around the world firsthand exposure to the daily life, practice and theory of Buddhism w...

 

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      The 2015 session of the Woodenfish Foundation's "Buddhism in China—Connecting with the Source" (BIC) seminar took place from June 7th to June 17th in Gansu Province.  Professor and scholar Mark Blum (http://ieas.berkeley.edu/faculty/blum.html; UC Berkeley) conducted this year's seminar on the Nirvana Sutra with over 40 students from countries including the United States, China, Canada, France, Israel, Japan, and Sri Lanka. Attendees were mostly graduate students specializing in East Asian Studies, Buddhist Studies and Religious Studies from 17 schools such as Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, UC Berkeley, Smith College, Tel Aviv University and Kansai University.

      Starting in 2009, "Buddhism in China—Connecting with the Source" is an English-language program designed for scholars with a focus or interest in Buddhist Studies held at different historically and culturally important Chinese Buddhist sites each year. BIC provides academics with on-the-ground knowle...

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