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Experience the quiet life at a Buddhist monastery while volunteering with in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Learn how to practice Chan (called Zen in Japan) meditation during your stay at our temple. We always need help from fit and healthy 16 – 65 year olds, especially over weekends and for big events like Chinese New Year!
We invite you to join our morning chanting, evening meditation sessions, formal meals, as well as use our beautiful quiet meditation and calligraphy halls. We also have a small library where you can sit and read from our English range with a cup of tea and a bowl of congee.
Our monks, nuns, volunteers, and students are very friendly and helpful – even if they cannot speak much English.
This is an active monastery, the home of a spiritual community committed to a celibate lifestyle. Volunteers are expected to act appropriately and modestly while living with the community, and comply with the rules of the monastery.
Entretien / Bricolage
Aide à la maison
Aide avec les langues
Aide informatique / Internet
- Learn about Chan Buddhism
- Experience a formal meal with mindfulness
- Live a structured lifestyle
- Learn traditional Chinese calligraphy
- Practice your Mandarin
- Stay in a peaceful and quiet area
- Easily accessible from Kaohsiung and Tainan
- Experience life at a modern Buddhist monastery (interact with monks and nuns and other people living here)
We ask for a minimum stay of 2 weeks. This allows time for orientation, training, and the opportunity to participate in some of our monastic practices. Some easier tasks may only require a minimum stay of 10 days. We also ask volunteers to plan to arrive on either Mondays or Wednesdays, before 8pm.
Help is allocated based on preference and availability – see the list below for suggestions. You may choose something you are already familiar with or something new to develop your skills and we will try to match you.
Volunteering opportunities include:
Housekeeping, Gardening, & Maintenance: pruning, sweeping, cleaning rooms, dishwashing, statue restoration, pressure cleaning footpath, etc.
Office & IT: administrative work, technical/IT support, web development, etc.
Tourism: reception, tour guide, information distribution, prayers desk, shuttle service, etc.
Events & Exhibitions: ushering, guiding, stage support, set up & pack down, etc.
Education: teaching at our high school in subjects such as English, maths, science, ICT, sports, music, etc.
Elementary level Mandarin is convenient but not necessary.
If you are interested in teaching, we ask for a commitment of at least 2 weeks and a lesson plan.
Mandarin, Taiwanese, English, French, German
We offer full board (male and female dormitory accommodation with shared bathroom and 3 vegetarian meals) for free.
Private rooms, including family rooms, may also be available if required - contact us for more information.
Getting to the Monastery:
*From Kaohsiung International Airport, take the Red Line of the Kaohsiung MRT to Zuoying High Speed Railway Station.
*From Zuoying High Speed Railway Station, take either the Eda Bus 8501 (義大客運8501）or the HaFo Express (哈佛快線）
*From the bus station in front of Kaohsiung Railway Station, take the direct Kaohsiung Bus 8010 (8010高雄客運)
*From Fengshan Train Station, take the Dashu Bus (大樹祈福線)
*From the Jiuqutang Railway Station, take a Kaohsiung Bus or taxi.
*Summary of non-shuttle bus routes: Kaohsiung Bus routes 8009, 8010 and 8050/ Dashu Bus (大樹祈福線）
*Southbound: National Hwy1 → National Hwy 8 (East bound) → National Hwy 3 (North bound) →National Hwy 10 (East bound) → Qishan/Dashu Interchange (turn right) → Provincial Hwy 21 → The Monastery.
*Northbound: National → National Hwy 10 (East bound) → Qishan/Dashu Interchange (turn right) → Provincial Hwy 21 → The Monastery.
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