One Week Program (July 30-August 3, 2009)
at Tzu-chi University in Hua-lien, Taiwan


SPONSORS: The University of British Columbia, Tzu-chi University in Taiwan and Renmin University of China.

PURPOSE: Planned as a prelude to a four-week summer program in Buddhist Studies in mainland China (details available at HOME), another joint project by the three universities.

ELIGIBILITY: Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students with serious interest in Buddhism are encouraged to apply. They can be both participants of the four-week summer program in mainland China, and students who are not able to attend this summer program.

CONTENT: This program has two components. One is a 2-3 day conference, and the other a series of cross-island field trips to sites with bearings on Taiwan Buddhism (particularly the Tzu-chi movement). During the conference time, the students are welcomed to present their essays (in either Chinese or English, and on any topics related to any aspect of Buddhism) at the Tzu-chi University. Their essays will be commented on by senior scholars both based in Taiwan and coming from abroad; and excellent papers could be published as a volume after the conference.

PROGRAM EXPENSES: Expenses of flights between their homes and Taiwan will be borne by the program participants, but their costs in Taiwan (including accommodation, board, and local transportation) will be covered by the Tzu-chi University.

APPLICATION AND DEADLINE: Applications (including Application Form, updated curricula vitae and a short proposal of essay to be presented) must be sent to Jinhua Chen ( by May 15, 2009.

Here are some photoes of the workshop:

In Tzu-Chi Univerisity