Woodenfish announces a new program in Long Quan Temple, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China.

The program is called Woodenfish International Student Exchange (WISE). The first experimental WISE program will begin on September 26, lasting for 7 weeks, until November 12.

WISE will focus mainly on Chinese language and Buddhist studies, serving as an intensive language course in a monastic setting with additional Buddhist studies classes and other various classes. The program is still very early in development so we would appreciate any kind of feedback from Woodenfish alumni.

Below is a link to the first draft of the detailed WISE program description and a form in which you can let us know you're interested to get involved.


Amituofo! The Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program always kept evolving and developing over the years, and this year is no exception either! HBMLP 2016 is held mainly in Long Quan Si (meaning Dragon Spring Temple) outside of Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province. The temple has a beautiful park area which attracts many locals from the city to spend their free time here, and a staggering amount of stairs leading up to a pagoda and the Manjusri main shrine still under construction on the surrounding hills. The scenery is really magical though, making this temple and its surroundings an ideal space for practice. The students don’t need to worry about getting out of shape during their monastic life either as they have to walk over 200 stairs every morning for tai chi, and many hundreds more to get to class in the rooftop classroom and then return to their rooms. As Ven. Yifa always said: “If you like it it’s a blessing, if not - it’s cultivation!” This year’s HBMLP attracted over 16...

Woodenfish Foundation, in collaboration with the Dunhuang Research Academy, co-hosted approximately 50 international and domestic Chinese scholars during 3 days of scholarly panel discussions with the world's most renowned scholars on East Asian Buddhism and a two-day tour of the Mogao and Yulin Grottoes.

The conference was held in honor of Master Hsing Yun, who turns 90 years old in 2016; in honor of Stanley Weinstein, Emeritus Professor at Yale; in honor of Lew Lancaster, Emeritus Professor at UC Berkeley, for their great contributions to Buddhism.

Woodenfish invited dozens of international scholars, and the panel discussions that occurred during the course of the Dunhuang conference covered a diversity of topics from the pedagogy of sutra translation, digital translation, the application of translations, to Chinese perspective on sutra translations.

In addition, thanks to the generous support and collaboration with the Dunhuang Academy, all conference go-ers received incredible ac...

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