With the Three Acts of Goodness (Do good deeds; Speak good words; Think good thoughts) as its guiding philosophy, the International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch’an offers a global platform for outstanding and talented youths from all corners to come together and work towards a holistic outlook on life that encompasses Oneness and Coexistence, service to others, co-operation and altruism through discussion on various topics such as culture, education, and environmental preservation, all in the hopes of promoting social harmony and world peace.


Organizer: Fo Guang Shan Monastery.

Co-organizer: Fo Guang University, Nanhua University, University of the West, Nan Tien Institute, Guang Ming College. Administrative Organizers: FGS Volunteers Association, Department of Buddhist Studies - Fo Guang University, FGS Tsung-Lin University.

Dates and participant numbers:
(1) July 31st ~ August 7th, 2019 (Wed~Wed). On-site registration ends July 31st at 21:00.

(2) We will be accepting 500 participants for this event.

Venue: Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

(1) Lecture Topics: Buddhist View on Life, Buddhism in Daily Living, Humanistic Buddhism, etc.
(2) Applied Buddhism: Life in a Ch’an monastery, community chores.
(3) Spiritual Cultivation: Outdoor meditation, chanting the Buddha’s name, sutra calligraphy.

Target Audience: Unmarried university or college students and graduates aged 18 to 35.
Registration Fee: Food, accommodation and seminar fees will be sponsored by the organizers for the duration of the seminar. (Participants are responsible for their own airfares and transportation to and from FGS, as well as for personal expenses)

Registration Period: As of now until filled.
(Students of Mainland China must submit application before May 15th, 2019)


(1) For environmental purposes, all applications must be submitted online. Please visit the event website to fill in the online application form.

(2) The Admissions List will be posted on the event website and an acceptance notice will be sent to successful candidates by email on June 15th, 2019.

Contact: Fo Guang Shan Volunteers Association, Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Dashu District, Kaohsiung 84049, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Email: fgs.lifeandchan@gmail.com

Tel: +886-7-6561921 ext. 5365

Fax: +886-7-6565420

URL: http://www.fgs.org.tw/events/lifeandchan

Event Highlights

Sounds of the Human World


If we wait until to know whether we were accepted or not, there will be little time left to plan the trip. Can notifications of admission be sent earlier, so that I can apply for a visa and/or book a plane ticket?
If you submit your registration form letter as soon as possible, then the organizer can process it and send out the acceptance notifications well ahead of time.
Is the organizer sponsoring airfare to Taiwan?
Throughout the duration of the seminar, food and accommodation, seminar fees, transportation, and tour expenses will be sponsored by the organizer. The organizer will not be sponsoring airfare. We will provide pickup services from Kaohsiung International Airport or High Speed Rail Zuoying Station to Fo Guang Shan.
What is the official language for the seminar?
The entire seminar will be conducted in both Mandarin Chinese and English with interpretations to/from either languages provided.
Can I still apply if I can only attend parts of the seminar due to personal reasons?
Due to limited spots, only those who can attend the entire seminar week, or entire two weeks will be accepted.
Who will be eligible to also attend the meditation retreat?
Those who can attend the entire Seminar Week and are willing to observe rules and regulations inside the Meditation Hall are welcome to apply. Spots are limited, therefore applicants will be accepted in order of application.
Why do I have to pay $US100 in advance? How do I know if I have been accepted for the meditation retreat?
The $US100 is a deposit to ensure commitment to the entire Seminar. It will be fully refunded upon full and satisfactory attendance of the whole event.Successful applicants for the meditation retreat will receive an acceptance notice via email after June 15th.
If I apply for the meditation retreat but do not get accepted, can I still attend the Seminar Week?
Yes, you can still attend the Seminar Week if you fulfill all criteria listed.
Can I apply if I am outside the age limit and am no longer a university/college student?
No, spots will be reserved for university/college students who fit the age limit.


1International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch'an Invite Youths From Around the Globe
Online registration for International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch’an is open. Register now!
2Life and Chan. What are you looking at?
What are you looking at?
Are you looking at the sea, or
Are you looking at the mountain, or
Are you looking at the road ahead, or
Are you looking at the multi-screens on multiple devices?
Have you ever stopped, listened to the silence and wondered? Wondered if the world is too obsessed with material?

Wondered if you can stop living under peer pressure?
Have you struggled in the material world and wrestled with how best to fit in?
Have you imagined the mindful world and material world harmonizing as one?
“Life and Ch’an” is a global youth event where young citizens from culturally diverse backgrounds gather and practice Ch’an (mindfulness) together.
Ch’an is more than sitting meditation. Ch’an is a living and breathing arts of life which is exercised and experienced in everything we do – walking, sitting, lying down, looking, not looking. Venerable Master Hsing Yun, founder of Fo Guang Shan said “True Ch’an meditation means that there is activity in tranquility and tranquility in activity, that activity and tranquility are one.” Some said mindfulness is cool and contemporary.

We simply know mindfulness is of the moment.
Why don’t you give multi-tasking a rest and give mindfulness a go?

“Life and Ch’an” is for you if :
You are aged 18-35
You speak Chinese, English, French, Japanese or Korean
You are curious & love life
Date: July 31st ~ August 7th, 2019 (Wed~Wed)
Venue: Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
APPLY NOW: http://awww.fgs.org.tw/events/lifeandchan
ENQUIRIES: fgs.lifeandchan@gmail.com
3International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch’an Staff Registration
What are you looking at?
Have you participated in Life and Ch’an before?
Do you wish to practice Buddhism in daily life?
Are you enthusiastic about helping others? Want to make friends with youths all over the world?
We welcome you to volunteer as staff at the International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch’an!

Contact Us

Fo Guang Shan Monastery (Fo Guang Shan Volunteer Association)

84049 Tashu District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, R.O.C.

+886-7-6561921 Ext. 5365