Basic Monastic Training Course for Female Laity

The Basic Monastic Training course is a two-year training programme catering specifically to the newly-ordained or those who wish to seek ordination. The objective of this course is to inculcate in students the fundamental qualities of being a monastic, such as the Right View, essential traits of monastic character, and proper behaviour and posture of a monastic.

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Course Applicants and Objectives

– The “Basic Monastic Training Course” is a foundation course specifically catered to lay females seeking ordination as a Buddhist nun or those who have been ordained for less than a year.

– To inculcate Right Faith, Right View and Right Action. In addition, students will learn the moral characteristics and the fundamental precepts of a monastic in order to fulfill the basic requirements of becoming a Buddhist nun.

Course Structure and Contents

– 2 years full-time stay-in campus studies, fully sponsored by BCS, using Mandarin as the medium of instruction.

– Contents: “Instructions on How to Arouse the Aspiration of Enlightenment”, “Basic Disciplinary Rules (siksa, srameneri)”, “Guidelines and Instructions for Monastics”,” Buddhist Practices; Daily Chanting of Chinese Buddhism”, “Hands-on Religious Practices” etc. English Language will be offered as an elective course (for foreign students).

Course Completion Prospects

During the 2-year course or upon 2 years’ of completion, the college will recommend students to local nunneries for ordination. Students may also personally approach any nunnery for ordination.

Application and Selection Procedures

  • Closing date: 15 June 2018 (Singapore/Malaysia)
  • Closing date: 15 June 2018 (China)

– Interested parties may write in to request for the application form or download it here from our website. Application forms should be completed accordingly and legibly. Please provide a valid contact number and/or email address.

– Please also include a written self-introduction in your application form.

– Referral letter from temple.

– Please submit the completed application form together with the following materials to BCS Registrar’s Office. – Applicants will be interviewed; selected applicants will go through a medical check-up.

– Commencing on Sep 2018.

– For more detailed information, please contact us in writing or via telephone.

Address:Buddhist College of Singapore (Nuns’ Campus) c/o Poh Ern Shih 9 Chwee Chian Road. Singapore 117488 Telephone:+65 6471 4307 Please contact us Mondays to Fridays 9am – 4pm. Email: bcsnc@bcs.edu.sg | Poster

Entry Requirements

– Females aged between 18 – 40 years old.

– Layperson (China/Singapore/Malaysia) or Singaporean/Malaysian nuns ordained for less than a year.

– Minimum ‘O’-level qualification, High School Certificate or equivalent, able to communicate in Mandarin.

– Healthy, no visible or hidden disabilities (E.g. sleepwalking, epilepsy) and/or infectious diseases.

– Single, no matrimonial ties and no criminal record.