Young Adults Experience Monastic Life at HLT
【人間社記者 Lorena Aguilar America報導】 2017-12-20
  • 圖說:Young adults experience English Buddhist Chanting at the Main Shrine. 人間社記者Zijun Xiao攝

  • 圖說:Abbot Venerable Hui Dong praised everyone’s willingness to participate in the retreat. 人間社記者Zijun Xiao攝

  • 圖說:Participants learn how to join the palms as a form of greeting. 人間社記者Zijun Xiao攝

  • 圖說:Walking meditation is also a practice of mindfulness. 人間社記者Zijun Xiao攝

  • 圖說:Cleaning the Buddha statues is a way to connect with the Buddha. 人間社記者Zijun Xiao攝

  • 圖說:Young adults learn to play the Dharma instruments. 人間社記者Zijun Xiao攝

  • 圖說:In Chan Scratch Art, everyone carefully scratches out the contour of one’s Bodhisattva. 人間社記者Zijun Xiao攝

  • 圖說:Within only one day, the young adults walk in formation like experienced practitioners. 人間社記者Zijun Xiao攝

  • 圖說:Learning to stretch during Chan Exercise, which helps with their meditation. 人間社記者Zijun Xiao攝

  • 圖說:Participants are learning to meditate in the Chinese Buddhist fashion. 人間社記者Zijun Xiao攝

  • 圖說:Justice share his first encounter of Hsi Lai Temple. 人間社記者Zijun Xiao攝

  • 圖說:Group photo at the courtyard in front of the Main Shrine. 人間社記者Zijun Xiao攝

  • 圖說:Group photo of the young adults with teachers and staff. 人間社記者Zijun Xiao攝

HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CA – Hsi Lai Temple conducted a “Temple Stay for Young Adults” retreat on December 9 and 10, 2017. The retreat allowed 19 young people to withdraw from their daily lives for two days, and live the lifestyle of Buddhist monastics in a Buddhist monastery.

The young adults followed a strict schedule which began on Saturday morning with orientation, followed by five classes and evening English chanting. The next day, they woke up early at 6:30am and then practiced meditation, eating breakfast in silence, and listening to reflections about the retreat from everyone who participated.

“Everything that we do from eating, walking, or lining up is the practice of mindfulness and meditation,” said Venerable Youheng, Director of Social Education and Outreach Department at Hsi Lai Temple, during the “Buddhist Etiquette” class. The retreat emphasized how to live life in mindfulness and become skilled in that practice through meditation.

Anthony Hao, 18, who has been attending Hsi Lai Temple with his parents since he was 3 years old, has participated in different retreats and said “I always learn something new.”

The retreat ended with a session conducted by the Abbot of Hsi Lai Temple, Venerable Hui Dong, where he praised everyone’s willingness to participate in the retreat.

“You might be thinking, ‘why am I doing this?’ But the more that you do it, then you can choose what’s right and what’s wrong,” said Venerable Hui Dong. He continued, “That’s good if you have struggled because it means that you can find the causes for the struggle. Instead of wanting to conquer others and the environment [when struggling], you can conquer your mind.”

Temple Stay for Young Adults two-day retreat gives those who are 18 to 35 years old the opportunity to experience living like a Buddhist monastic at Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, California. The retreat is offered throughout the year at Hsi Lai Temple, and those interested in participating can register online at the temple’s website.

For more information about Hsi Lai Temple’s retreats and other activities, visit