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Buddhist college built in central China

(People's Daily Online)

08:30, April 10, 2012

A Buddhism event is held in the teaching practice area of HBC. (Xinhua/Wang Song)

Edited and translated by Li Kunlun, People's Daily Online

Henan Buddhist College (HBC) held an inauguration ceremony on Sunday in central China's Henan province, marking the establishment of the first-ever higher institute dedicated to Buddhist education in the birthplace of Han Chinese Buddhism.

Located in the scenic Tongbai Mountains known for their monastic heritage, HBC covers an area of 6.96 hectares. The main architectural complex is in the style of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and comprises the monastery, classrooms, an administrative building, residential quarters and a Buddhist cultural center.

Shi Yongxin, vice president of the Buddhist Association of China and the incumbent abbot of the Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of kong fu, became the first president of the college. The college has enrolled more than 40 students since March 2011. Students will study ancient Chinese, English, computer, religious code, as well as Buddhist courses during their four-year studies.

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