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Passing the LightThe Incense Light Community and Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Taiwan$
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Chün-fang Yü

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836580

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836580.001.0001

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Buddhist Adult Classes

Buddhist Adult Classes

(p.150) 6 Buddhist Adult Classes
Passing the Light

Chün-Fang Yü

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the content of the textbooks compiled by the nuns at the Incense Light Buddhist Seminary for the three levels of adult classes and the teaching methods they use. It was Wuyin who realized that the only way to help the faithful to understand Buddhism and practice Buddhist teachings in daily life was to create an adult education program that would introduce Buddhism systematically. Using her experience attending the adult English classes in Honolulu seven years earlier, she decided to design a Buddhism curriculum for adults. This way of teaching Buddhism was quite innovative at that time, and the very setup of the classes was unusual in Taiwan. This chapter describes the design of the class materials and assignments at the Incense Light Buddhist Seminary and analyzes enrollment data from the classes to provide a profile of the student body. It also considers some hypotheses concerning the effectiveness of the classes by studying samples of homework assignments and exam essays written by the students.

Keywords:   textbooks, Incense Light Buddhist Seminary, adult classes, teaching methods, Wuyin, Buddhism, adult education, curriculum, Taiwan, class materials

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