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Hsi Lai Buddhist Retreat

The Hsi Lai Buddhist Retreat provides a formal background in Buddhist education while allowing young adults to experience the daily life of a monastic. During the retreat, students will learn how to incorporate Buddhism into daily life through a mix of lectures and hands-on classes from all aspects of Buddhism. In the past, we have had a diverse group of participants, ranging from individuals who are new to Buddhism to those who are preparing for ordination as a monk or nun.

With daily meditation and classes, participants will come out of this retreat with a deeper understanding of mindfulness, and return to the outside world with a new perspective on life. The retreat uses monastic discipline and a strict schedule to provide the ideal atmosphere for spiritual growth.

Come and experience life at a monastery for one full month this summer. Join us to settle down and start anew.

Dates:June 1-30, 2019
Ages:18 - 35
Registration Deadline:May 1, 2019
For inquiries:outreach@ibps.org or 626-961-9697 ext. 5131
* The fee includes all uniforms, textbooks, school supplies, and room and board for the duration of the retreat. Financial aid is available on a case-by-case basis for those in difficult circumstances.

Classes include:Core Teachings, Humanistic Buddhism, Buddhist Etiquette, Chanting, Vegetarian Cooking, Meditation, Buddhist Art, and Sutra Study.

Requirements and Regulations:
  1. Deportment and self-discipline are considered virtues. Proper and decent behavior is expected of all students at all times.

  2. Students are expected to uphold the five precepts throughout the retreat. The five precepts are no killing, no stealing, no lying, no sexual activities and no consumption of intoxicants.

  3. Students are expected to attend all scheduled activities on time.

  4. Students are required to be vegetarian and wear the provided uniform during the retreat.

  5. Students are obligated to live in the temple with shared accommodation, but female and male students will live in separate quarters.

  6. Students are required to observe silence at scheduled times.

  7. Students are expected to participate or assist in the temple’s major events.

  8. Students are not allowed to leave the temple compound without authorization, even on day off.

  9. Student’s valuables and cellphone will be kept by the teacher during the retreat. However, please refrain from bringing valuables.

  10. Students are required to follow all the rules and regulations of the retreat.

Application Process:
  1. To register: Apply Now

  2. E-mail a recent 2” photo to outreach@ibps.org.

  3. An interview is required. You will be notified of an interview time. If you live outside the Greater Los Angeles area, you will need to make an appointment with your local FGS branch temple.

  4. After the interview, you will receive either a Notification of Acceptance or Notification of Declination.