Our mission is to foster monastic talent, who inherit and manifest the spirit and teachings of Chinese Buddhism, to contribute their efforts wholeheartedly to the international religious and academic worlds, and to realize our vision of creating a new era for Buddhism.
Department of Buddhist Studies
Our education is grounded on the learning of precepts, concentration, and wisdom through the process of hearing, thinking, and practicing. Our mission is to educate monastic talent who are compassionate, aspiring to benefit all sentient beings and to share DDM’s belief and vision with the world.
(1) With an equal emphasis on study and practice, monastic talent apply the theories and the methods of practice of Chinese Buddhism that is tolerant and all-encompassing. Thus, they develop noble religious sentiments and become strong in virtue and learning, so that they can take on the task of purifying humanity and society.
(2) To connect Chinese Buddhism with the modern world, we provide language training to our students so they will be able to interact with diverse cultures and develop a global perspective.
Department of Chan Practice
Our mission is to cultivate Chan masters with compassion and wisdom. This will be achieved by the realization and study of Chan teaching, by the simultaneous practice of concentration and wisdom, by cultivating a mind rooted in renunciation and bodhicitta, by developing a resolve of perseverance and diligence, and reinforcing the vow to spread Chan Buddhism in the Dharma Drum spirit.
(1) Our ultimate goal is to foster Chan masters with solid experience and great potential of realization to spread and promote
(2) Our secondary goal is to foster Chan teachers who live a simple life and maintain a peace of mind to introduce to the public the Chan practice in the Dharma Drum lineage.
Monastic Education Program
Our mission is to foster monastics capable of perpetuating the Three Jewels and spreading the Dharma to benefit sentient beings.
With a mindset of transcending the world without escaping, and being engaged without attachment, they realize the essence of teaching and gain wisdom through leading a pure lifestyle.
One experiences peace and ease by living a pure and simple monastic life. One matures one’s bodhi-mind by devoting oneself to benefit others. One achieves renunciation by eradicating the three poisons.
Program and class
Six-year Chan Seminary Program. One class for males and females respectively.
Four-year Buddhist Seminary Program. One class for males and females respectively.
Each academic year consists of two semesters. During summer and winter vacation, students will be assigned to different branches and units for practice and participate in Chan practice of different levels.
Daily Life Care
1. All tuition and miscellaneous fees exempted. Required textbooks and stationary are provided.
2. Food, accommodation and daily necessities are provided.
3. Monthly allowance.
Targeted student group and requirements