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Practice Courses

Practice Courses
The practice courses consist of Buddhist Practice and Community Living. The academic goals of the Department of Buddhist Studies (DBS) include not only the acquisition of knowledge for the purpose of fostering academic excellence and cross-disciplinary talents, but also a holistic approach to the cultivation of our students' character.

The course structure consists of four main groups:

1. Life and Culture SeminarThis is an image
A series of Life and Culture Seminars will be held every semester. DBS invites outside lecturers as well as DBS alumni to share their expertise. 

These seminars are organized with the purpose of providing guidance to our students toward career planning and the ability to meet the challenges of working society.

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2. Basic Knowledge of Buddhism
Professional teachers will conduct classes on Buddhist practice and Buddhist culture. Students will acquire knowledge and practical skills regarding the usage of common Buddhist terms, Dharma instruments, and ceremonial procedures.

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3. Daily Practice
►Community Lifestyle:
Students will pick up individual and group learning skills through community living, dining and studying.

 • Dormitory Lifestyle: All DBS students are welcome to stay at the department dormitories and are responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of the common area.
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 • Community Dining: All students, on a rotational basis, are in charge of cooking and dining service. Our international students get to enjoy different international cuisines and cross-cultural exchanges.

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►Religious Practice:

Buddhist practice which includes 15 minutes of morning and evening chanting (Monday to Friday) are incorporated into the structured and disciplined lifestyle.
Every first week of the winter and summer holiday, students will get to experience seven days of meditation (Chan practice) or chanting of Buddha’s name (Pure Land practice).  

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4. Benefitting the community
Students have the opportunity to share their knoweldge and skills for benefit of the DBS community by joining one of the following groups: 
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a. DBS Student Association
b. Bodhicitta Service Group
c. Press & Public Relations
d. Performing Art
e. Library Management and Cataloging
f. Self-directed plan regarding service activities