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BYU Students Affirm Dedication at BMC


【BYU Students Affirm Dedication at BMC】

Fourteen teachers and students from the College of Nursing of Brigham Young University visited the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center (BMC) on May 21st 2016. Brigham Young University (BYU) is private university in Provo, Utah, United States. BYU was founded in 1875, owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church). It is currently the largest religious university in the USA. Students attending BYU are required to follow an honor code, which mandates behavior in line with LDS teachings such as academic honesty, adherence to dress and grooming standards, and abstinence from extramarital sex and from the consumption of drugs and alcohol. The students also need to take (Mormon Christian) religion course for seven semesters. The rules are quite strict and only a quarter students can graduate within five years. This is because after one year in college, around eighty percent of the students will take a two-year hiatus from their studies to serve as Mormon missionaries.

The teachers and students are currently on a one-month internship in Chi Mei Medical Center, Tainan. They especially came to BMC to experience Chinese culture. With the guide of the Venerable Master Hsing Yun, they watch 3D movie of One-Stroke Calligraphy in Six Perfection Pagoda.  One of them, named Clark, admired Venerable Master’s one-stroke calligraphy. He also admired Venerable Master’s willpower as Venerable Master used the donation to establish a trustee and help many people. Then, they made pray on the Bodhi Wisdom Concourse. Another visitor, named Ryller, hopes that he can treat others as we treat ourselves, also having an open mind, tolerant and respects others. During the tour, the teachers and students found that the BMC complex so wonderful, they keep asking questions about the function of the buildings. Another visitor, named Ryan, said that the design of the front hall is rather modern; hence it didn’t have religious restraint and didn’t feel too far for many visitors. Venerable Master shares the core values of “Three Acts of Goodness”, “Four Givings” and helping others through charity. It is similar with the Fo Guang Large Buddha gave others joy and enlightenment. The visit made the visitors more affirm with their goals and more committed to their medical dedication. 

By  BMC International Affairs Team

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