From June 15 to 17, 2018, Woodenfish Foundation hosted the second iteration of the interdisciplinary Buddhism and science conference. Changing its official name to “Buddhism, Science, and the Future,” the conference focused on innovations in biological sciences and their ethical implications. Shenzhen was chosen as the conference venue because it was the first city to be designated as a Special Economic Zone in China. This vibrant city is considered the rising “Silicon Valley” for its drastic urban landscape development and rapid economic growth. At the conference, Woodenfish invited 26 scholars, entrepreneurs, and Buddhist practitioners from China, U.S., Thailand, U.K., Egypt, and Denmark for this intellectual engagement. This international team constituted of scholars from Stanford University, Peking University, MIT, Chulalongkorn University, entrepreneurs, and Buddhist practitioners. More than 350 international audience attended the conference. The event was live streamed and receiv...

Zhaoming Temple in Fuding hosted the 2018 edition of the Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program. Over seventy students from 18 different countries decided to partake in the demanding experience of living in a rural monastery, engaging with Chinese culture, scholarly study and Buddhist monastic principles. At the end of the month we travelled to Putuoshan, boddhisattva Guanyin’s sacred mountain (bodhimanda), where we performed a pilgrimage.

   When I was asked to write up this post, I found myself looking at the blank page trying to figure out how to best write a text that would be true for all. Both staff and students have a core common experience, but each of us brought home a different treasure from it. One of the most beautiful aspects of HBMLP is finding it finished, or in other words, finding you’re thrown back to what you considered was your real life.

   Reminiscing this experience, some of us might talk about the generosity of Zhaoming’s abbot, Master Jie Kong, and how...

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