Remember that famous Buddhist (wink) parable about the wedding in which the invited guests were all busy? So they got desperate and started dragging in people off the street, just to fill the hall?
Well, it so happens that a group of local Buddhist worthies are organizing something called “Chinese Buddhism Summer Camp,” to be taught in English. This is the first year of the program. The original (and apparently forlorn) hope was that a bunch of students in other countries would sign up for it and then fly here. As this has not (at this late date) yet materialized, and the show must go on regardless, that means potential good karma for YOU, grasshopper.
It is a residential camp, to be held in Hsinchu (on the Hsuan-Chuang University premises), with some excursions to other places. The dates are July 3 to July 20. No, you don’t have to be a Buddhist. The program will mix temple visits, academic-style lectures, meditation, dharma talks, and tourist-type excursions. Here’s the link:
“But ah,” cynics will mutter, “how much does it cost?” As I understand it, the answer is…next to nothing. Really. Local Buddhists are subsidizing it.
“So what’s the catch?” you ask. I dunno…having to eat Buddhist vegetarian food a lot? Always looking over your shoulder, wondering which person is Screaming Jesus? I honestly can’t think of a serious downside to this, provided the basic idea appeals to you.
“Ready for questions,” as Edgar Cayce used to say.