College students, recent grads invited to one-month Chan monastic retreat program in Taiwan this summer

Fo Guang Shan retreat participants in 2010

Want to have a really different summer vacation experience to talk about when your semester starts in the fall? Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Taiwan will once again offer its one-month Buddhist Monastic Retreat program to anyone age 18-35 who’s either still in college or within three years of their graduation. Participants will be immersed in the life of Chan Buddhism (the Chinese precursor of Zen) from June 26 to July 24 by following a modified monastic schedule (no head shaving, no formal vows) including English-language Buddhist studies, chanting, vegetarian diet, a 7-day meditation retreat, an International Youth Seminar, and a tour of Taiwan. And as an added bonus, beyond getting yourself there, it’s free. Applications close April 15.

Click here to learn more about the Fo Guang Shan program, and visit the American Buddhist Perspective blog to read Justin Whitaker’s happy recollection of attending the program in 2010, with lots of photos (the image reproduced here is his).