What got you interested in doing Woodenfish HBMLP?

I became interested in Woodenfish HBMLP when I asked about a couple fliers for study abroad programs that my professor for Survey of World Religions had outside of his office. I told him about my active Buddhist practice and financial situation, and he recommended applying to Woodenfish HBMLP program. After looking into it, I saw at as affordable and attainable goal and an incredible opportunity  to deepen my understanding of Buddhism and my personal Buddhist practice. I also knew that this would mean for the first time I could travel outside of the United States and see some of the greatest wonders of the world, like the Forbidden City and Great Wall. Once I was accepted into the program, I knew it was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity, and it was.

What was a very memorable moment for you from the program?

Hiking up Mt. Wutai and taking the five precepts was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The slow hike...

Woodenfish Founder and President, Venerable Dr. Yifa, HBMLP Director and University of Oslo master's student Guttorm Gunderson and other past 'fish participated in this 3 day conference at Yale University. 

To Meet the Buddhas Face to Face: Ritual Penance, Samādhi, and Self-Cultivation in Early Tiantai

October 14-16, 2016

Yale University

Daniel B Stevenson

In addition to the celebrated Great Calming and Contemplation (Mohe zhiguan 摩訶止觀), numerous works on the principles and practicalities of self-cultivation (xiuxing 修行) were produced over the course of Tiantai Zhiyi’s 天台智顗 (528-597) career.  Their contents range over a diversity of subjects, from step-by-step instructions for cult-specific programs of ritual repentance and devotion, to synoptic treatises on the meditative path as a whole. Some were written by Zhiyi personally; others were redacted from his lectures or oral instructions. Though the Great Calming and Contemplation is often lionized by modern scholars as the sine qua non of Z...

At the end of September, as many Chinese packed their bags to enjoy the Golden week National holidays and take a vacation, a diverse group descended upon the open fields and quiet space in a temple in Ningbo, China to begin a six-week program of cultivation and inter-cultural understanding from the end of September through mid-November, 2016.

One of the purposes of the Woodenfish International Student Exchange (WISE) program is to cultivate talented English-speaking youth within the lifestyle and framework of an engaged and Humanistic Buddhist tradition. 

The participants follow a rigorous schedule beginning by waking up at 4:30am, meditation and chanting, learning Chinese language, studying Buddhist philosophy and directly living and practicing a Buddhist monastic life, and also offering English classes in exchange to the ~30 Chinese participants. 

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