Buddhism News Writing Training at Hsi Lai Temple
【人間社記者 Lorena Aguilar Los Angeles報導】 2017-10-14
  • 圖說:Instructor Alan Peto explains the importance of news writing. 人間社記者Stella Wu攝

  • 圖說:Eager-to-learn students keep asking questions about how to write a good news article. 人間社記者Stella Wu攝

  • 圖說:Students include Buddhist monastics, volunteers, and staff. 人間社記者Stella Wu攝

  • 圖說:Training on writing news articles in English at Hsi Lai Temple. 人間社記者Stella Wu攝

On Sunday, October 8, twelve eager-to-learn students attended a training on writing news articles in English at Hsi Lai Temple. The goal of the students is to educate the English-speaking community about events that involve the temple.

“It’s an important job telling the stories that happen here,” said the instructor, Alan Peto, who emphasized to the class the importance for news writing. “If nobody tells the story, no one knows what is happening here.”

Alan, who has been travelling over 250 miles to attend the Saturday English Buddhism classes and English Buddhist services at Hsi Lai Temple for the past two months, volunteered to help teach the class. He is a former journalist, and writes about Buddhism and Buddhist topics on his website during his spare time.

With the help of Buddhist monastics, volunteers, and staff who attended Sunday’s training, Hsi Lai Temple is preparing to release many more news articles to the news agency known as “Life News.” The news agency is part of Hsi Lai Temple’s parent organization, Fo Guang Shan (FGS), which is one of the largest Buddhist monastic organizations in the world and can be found in 173 countries.

“Instead of through translation, these first-hand English news articles will certainly help us promote Humanistic Buddhism to non-Chinese communities,” said Venerable Youheng, Director of Social Education and Outreach Department at the temple. “Humanistic Buddhism focuses on applying Buddhism to our daily lives, and it will benefit more people when it reaches a wider audience.”

Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in North America, and is the world headquarters of the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA). Their website, http://www.hsilai.org, will soon feature all the English news articles and accompanying photos.