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Practicum Component

Practicum Component
Our BA ,MA and PH.D students reside on campus during the semester.  In addition to taking the requisite academic classes set by the department, students engage in practicum courses, such as daily chanting and meditation sessions as well as daily chores such as maintaining the cleanliness of the dormitories, meal service and cooking duties.  From the applied practice of Buddhism, students will find their own unending source of energy and joy in their daily activities. 
In addition, after the end of each of the two semesters, the BA and MA students will return to Fo Guang Shan monastery to participate in seven days of spiritual cultivation.  After the first semester, this is a Pure Land Amitābha Recitation Retreat, which includes recitation of theAmitābha sūtra, recitation of the Buddha’s name, and related practices, under the guidance of the monastics from the Fo Guang Shan Pure Land meditation center.  For the second semester, this is a Chan Meditation Retreat, where whether walking, standing, sitting or lying down, the practitioner enters into a state of equality of body and mind, under the direction of the venerables from the Fo Guang Shan ChanMeditation Center.  These two retreats are coordinated with the practicum courses of the two semester respectively, as the students learn the basic practices and methods during the semester, and are given the opportunity to actualize them during the retreats themselves. 

Winter Pure Land Amitābha Recitation Retreat
Summer Chan Meditation Retreat