The University was founded to cultivate monastic talent that manifest the essence and spirit of Chinese Buddhism, contributing to international religious and academic circles, creating a new era for Buddhism.
The program fosters compassion and loving-kindness in students aspiring to benefit all sentient beings by sharing DDM’s vision. It is based on the three studies of precepts, concentration, and wisdom; and built on the three kinds of wisdom—learning, thinking, and cultivating.
Our mission is to cultivate Chan teachers of compassion and wisdom who aspire to promote the Chan Buddhist tradition as practiced at Dharma Drum Mountain. We help students realize Chan teachings through Buddhist doctrines and develop their knowledge through Chan practice, with concentration and wisdom as the principle, renunciation and bodhi mind as the foundation, fostered by patience and diligence.