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Hsi Lai Buddhist Retreat

The Hsi Lai Buddhist Retreat is an immersive one-month program that introduces Buddhism as both a teaching and a lived experience, for young adults who are interested in Buddhist studies and practices.


  1. To nurture young adults aspiring to dedicate their efforts to sharing Dharma, promoting wholesome mental and physical well-being, and realizing the values of Humanistic Buddhism.

  2. To offer a temple stay experience through understanding and practicing of the Dharma so as to enhance one’s spiritual and religious cultivations.


This retreat offers classes on studies of Buddhist sutras, doctrines, and Humanistic Buddhism etc together with practical experience in monastery chores and services. Participants will have deeper understanding of mindfulness and their own inner nature, and return to the outside world with a new perspective on life.

Typical Schedule:

6:00 amWake Up
6:30 amMeditation
7:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDharma Teaching
11:00 amSelf-Cultivation
11:30 amLunch
12:00 pmWalking Meditation
12:30 pmBreak / Rest
1:30 pmClass / Buddhist Arts / Veg Cooking / Tea Meditation
3:30 pmCommunal Work
4:30 pmShower / Laundry
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pmClass / Self Study / Chanting Service / Discussion
10:00 pmLights Out

*Dharma Teaching / class includes : Core teaching, History of Indian & Chinese Buddhism, Humanistic Buddhism, Various Sutras, Selected Readings on Buddhist Texts, Chinese Philosophy with Buddhism, Buddhist Counselling, Buddhist Etiquette etc.

Dates:June 1-30, 2020
Ages:17 - 35
Registration Deadline:May 1, 2020
For inquiries:outreach@ibps.org or 626-961-9697 ext. 5123
* 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.


  1. Participants should have respect for Buddhism and the Triple Gem

  2. Have good physical and mental health

  3. Participants of previous FGS programs such as Short-term Monastic Retreat, Youth Buddhist Academy, Young Adult Division, Buddhism Classes, or Volunteer Programs are given higher priority for acceptance.

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.